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Events featured include muzzle and breech loading black powder rifle target shooting at distances of 200 yards and beyond.

 

Research Press Journal – Issue 2, Spring 2018

Research Press JournalResearch Press Journal – Issue 2, Spring 2018. New free download pdf magazine (40 pages)

  • Reports
    • USIMLT Nationals - 2018
    • 1000 yard World Championship Match - 2018
    • Oak Ridge LRML Match - 2018
  • Firearms Research Support
  • Rigby, Quicksilver & Bullet Alloys
  • Early Firearms History
  • The Muzzle Loading Match Rifle in Great Britain
  • Arming Georgia - "The Windsor Enfields Affair and Other Incidents"
  • The Pattern 1841 Carbine
  • Enfield Rifle Research
  • The British Volunteer System

Link: Research Press Journal

John Townson and His Pistol

John TownsonNew addition to the Research Press library reference documents for free download. "The small flintlock pocket pistol that features in this article was once part of the collection of the late John Cooper, an authority on 17th century English pistols. The pistol is a magnificent example of the quintessentially English pistols that were produced during the middle decades of the 17th century and of which very few have survived. It was made by John Townson of London during the 1660s, a period when London was embroiled in a succession of the most dramatic and life changing events." Brian Godwin

See: John Townson and His Pistol

2018 NMLRA Hepsworth Long Range Match

The 2018 National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) Hepsworth Long Range Black Powder Target Rifle Match will be held at Camp Atterbury, IN., on 6-7 October 2018.

Shooting is at 1000, 1100 and 1200 yards. Permitted rifles: Any safe original or reproduction traditional muzzle loading style of firearms fired from the shoulder in the mid - late 1800’s era of International Rifle Matches or breech loading single shot rifle chambered in an original black powder cartridge.

Pre-Registration is Required!

Download: Match Details

2018 NMLRA National Championship Matches

The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) will be holding the following ‘Black Powder Target Rifle Matches’ at Camp Atterbury, IN.

  • 6-7 June 2018 - 800, 900, 1000 yards
  • 5 September 2018 - 300, 600 yards (practice match, no records or medals awarded)
  • 6-7 September - 800, 900, 1000 yards

Permitted rifles: Any safe original or reproduction traditional muzzle loading style of firearms fired from the shoulder in the mid - late 1800’s era of International Rifle Matches or breech loading single shot rifle chambered in an original black powder cartridge.

Pre-Registration is Required!

Download: Match Details

2018 Dick Hoff Memorial Match

The 2018 Dick Hoff Memorial Target Rifle Mid-Range Match will be held on 28-29 July 2018, at Miami Rifle and Pistol Club, Cincinnati, OH.

Shooting is at 300, 500 and 600 yards. Permitted rifles: Any safe original or reproduction traditional muzzle loading style of firearms fired from the shoulder in the mid - late 1800’s era of International Rifle Matches or breech loading single shot rifle chambered in an original black powder cartridge.

Download: Match Details and Entry Form

The English Snaphance Lock

New addition to the Research Press library reference documents for free download. The English snaphance is not only one of the most innovative "flint-locks" but is probably one of the rarest gun mechanisms to have survived. Recent research has found that only about 80 English snaphance muskets, pistols and detached locks have survived worldwide, although this does not include excavated, converted or incomplete locks. Modern tests by the author have proved it to be a fast and reliable mechanism and it must have been a serious challenger to the matchlock and wheellock in the 16th century. This article looks at the history of the lock and examines two examples.

See: The English Snaphance Lock and Two In Particular

Alexander Henry Inventory

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish gunmaker Alexander Henry (4th June 2018), and as his great great grandson, I’d like to create an “inventory” of his rifles and shotguns, so that we can have an idea of how many are still in existence. I realise this can never be “complete”, and will be “out of date” as soon as it is created!

Donald Dallas’ book “Alexander Henry Rifle Maker” lists all serial numbers from no. 120 (starting when he took over Samuel Gourlay’s business in 1852) to no. 8545.

If you own one – and you’d like to help … please let me know:

  • the serial number
  • some idea of where you live (country or city or post/ZIP code)
  • anything especially interesting about the gun or its history

Name and address don’t need to be given – no need for it, really. Personal information will not be shared with anyone – this is purely for my interest and research.

I will be putting this message up on internet forums, and also trawling through auction sites to see what they have sold in the past. In time, I’ll map the data on a world map (anonymity still totally preserved) using something like BatchGeo.

If you know other Alexander Henry owners, please let them know too! If you know of museums with Alexander Henrys, please let me know!

Please reply to: Alex henry rifles (one word) at gmail dot com

I hope this will be very successful – it will be very interesting!

Thanks, in anticipation!

Richard Brown

Alexander Henry’s great great grandson
Collaborator on “Alexander Henry Rifle Maker

Facebook: Alexander Henry, Rifle Maker

Research Press Journal – Issue 1, Winter 2018

Research Press JournalResearch Press Journal – Issue 1, Winter 2018. New free download pdf magazine (32 pages)

  • The Enfield Rifle
  • Long Range Shooting with the Military Muzzle Loading Rifle
  • The Whitworth Rifle: A Brief Introduction
  • Hints for Long Range Riflemen
  • First Hints on Rifle Shooting: Wind
  • Private McVittie
  • Breech-Loading Small Arms
  • Thomas Wilson: his Patents, Arms and Ammunition
  • Frederick Prince’s Breech-Loading Rifle

Link: Research Press Journal

World Super Shoot, Phoenix 2018

Fellow Shooters,

Attached you will find an invitation letter to the World Super Shoot to be held in March at Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Also attached is a registration form and match schedule. This is an excellent opportunity to do lots of long range shooting! I have already received commitments from shooters from New Zealand, Netherlands, and Great Britain.

Ed Decker, Match Director

Flyer | USIMLT Invitation letter |
USIMLT Registration form | USIMLT Match schedule

For further information see:

United States International Muzzle Loading Team
www.usimlt.org

Arizona Vintage Rifle
www.arizonavintagerifle.com

Spring 2018, Oak Ridge, TN

Details of the Spring 2018 long range muzzle loading match at Oak Ridge, TN, USA, have been published. It will take place on 29-30 March (Thursday & Friday), with shooting at 200, 300, 600 & 1000 yards. Download: Cover sheet, registration and match rules.

Owners of original Whitworth rifles are encouraged to attend this shoot. Tom Rowe will be photographing and documenting rifles for a forthcoming book, that builds upon the many years of research undertaken by Bill Curtis in the UK.

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