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Black Powder

Blackpowder dates for 2018: April 8th – October 7th

Open to the public


Blackpowder shooting at Tri County Gun Club is comprised of two annual rifle matches, using “traditional” muzzle loading rifles, and our two day Open House Demonstration where the public can experience shooting both “traditional” muzzle loading pistols and rifles, but also blackpowder cartridge single shot rifles.

Modern “In-Line” muzzle loaders can also bee seen being “tuned up” at Tri County ranges, especially before the muzzle loading hunting season begins. Our muzzle loading shooters are an interesting mix of people. Some are marksmen challenged by the timing issues of the early flint and percussion locks. Others are builders who cast their own lead balls, and frequently have built their entire rifle by hand. Others are re-enactors whose historical interests include soldiers, frontiersmen and cowboys from the American past. Whether you are new to muzzle loading and seeking advise, or an experienced shooter we invite you to attend and participate in our events. They are open to both Tri County members, and to the general public.

November 3, 2013 Match Report

It was a smoky morning on November 3rd as 10 men gathered together for fellowship and fun at the Muzzle Loading Black Powder Shooting Match.  All men honed their skills of loading and shooting 4 individual targets, 5 shots a piece, which were scored for accuracy with the last target timed in order to have bragging rights of who was the best shot.  25 yards doesn’t seem like a far away target, but it is when you are shooting with no rest for the gun and especially when one of the targets is a 3 inch bullseye.

There was much fun and talk among us all when after the match we all gathered together at the club house for some well deserved chili, hot coffee, deer sausage, brownies, and crispy treats.  During the hour and a half at the club house, all were talking about shooting, black powder, events and guns, making the match and the morning a great success.

Bragging rights go to Bill Kessinger with a score of 159 and a second to Kerry DeBoer with 148.  Congratulations to you men for the fine shooting.

For those of you who would like to get involved with black powder muzzle loading shooting and would like to participate in our matches, There will be another match in the spring, usually in March.  Watch the schedule on line to find out the date and time.

Mike Scarantino

Black Powder Chairman


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