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Anonymous author on match rifle shooting (1866)

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World Governing Body

The world governing body for muzzle loading is the Muzzle Loaders Associations International Committee (MLAIC) and since 1999 has held Long Range World Championship, with competitions fired at 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1000 yards. More information from: www.mlaic.org

Canada

The Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA) was founded in 1868 to promote and encourage the training of marksmanship throughout Canada. The Canadian Black Powder Championships include events for both muzzle loading rifles and black powder cartridge rifles. More information from: www.dcra.ca

New Zealand

The New Zealand Black Powder Shooters Federation Inc provide information to help shooters develop and promote their interest in all forms of black powder shooting in New Zealand. Their constitutional aim is to promote black powder shooting at all levels within New Zealand and to ensure that NZ shooters are able to participate in national and international competition. More information from: www.nzblackpowder.com

United States of America

The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) was founded in 1933. Their mission statement says they "to promote, support, nurture, and preserve NMLRA’s and our nation’s rich historical heritage in the sport of muzzle loading through recreational, educational, historical, and cultural venues such as match competition, hunting, gun making and safety, historical re-enactments, exhibits, museums, libraries, and other related programs." Some of their events include long range muzzle loading competition out to 1,000 yards. More information from: www.nmlra.org

The United States International Muzzle Loading Committee is a non-profit corporation created in 1976 to recruit the best shooters possible from the US muzzle loading community to become members of the United States International Muzzle Loading Team and compete in the MLAIC World Championship Events. For long range team news see: www.usimlt.com/Longrange.html

 

Internet

There aren't many internet resources that deal with long range muzzle loading that the author has found. Readers will however find the following helpful:

  • Long Range Black Powder Rifle Target Shooting - A facebook group for discussion of long range target shooting with the percussion muzzle loading rifle and black powder cartridge rifle. Historical study and shooting today. 19th Century competition at Wimbledon, Creedmoor and Dollymount. The rifles, ammunition and equipment, riflemen and gunmakers.
  • vring blog documents the authors journey through LRML. Training, tuning and technique are covered, along with match reports.
  • Long Range Muzzle Loader - The Long Range Muzzle Loader mailing list is for those interested in the history of and shooting the percussion small-bore (.451) muzzle loading target rifle. Discussion topics can include original or replica rifles such as the UK made Whitworth, Henry, Metford, Rigby and 'Volunteer' and other world wide long range muzzle loading rifles. Associated equipment, sights, moulds, loading, competition/range reports, wind, mirage etc are also valid topics.

Note: Can any provide information on other national governing bodies that promote long range muzzle loading? Please contact Research Press.