National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA), located in Friendship, In., Pistol & General History - Information from copies of early bulletins, Muzzle Blasts & articles by many people; including Red Farris, Walter Cline, John Barsotti, Harrell Noble, R. J. Dunbar, Harold Eveland, Bill Carver, Charles Haffner and many others. Initially aimed at pistol information, now has general range growth items, and shotgun/rifle/rest references, and many other events. (See "A Decade of Pistol Match Development - 1945 to 1955" page for extensive history of the first 10 years of organized pistol shooting) on My Internet web page. http://www.seidata.com/~hryoung or //www.seidata.com/~hryoung/fish.htm January 27, 2010


References to Scores, History, Edit, Pres. msg. and such are Howard's internal notes on where the backup pages referenced are located. Where appropriate will use the terms(s) "estimated" or "approximately" in cases were exact years couldn't be pinned down from articles or peoples memories.


1931 First match was fired Saturday, Feb. 21, 1931 at the N. & W. Athletic Field, end of 8th Street, 1/4 mile east of Viaduct in Portsmouth, Ohio. The course of fire was 3 shots prone with any kind of rest desired; 2 shots offhand at 60 yards. The match drew 67 entries, and 57 competed. The match was sponsored by the Norfolk & Western Railroad Y.M.C.A. Rifle and Revolver Club of Portsmouth, Ohio. The 1932-34 matches were also held here. Walter M. Cline article on 1933 match. "And then Feb. 22, 1933 rolled around, and 37 men lined up for the 3rd Annual Muzzle-Loading Rifle Match on the range at Portsmouth, Ohio. .... William Large, of Ironton, Ohio was the winner this year ..... A dinner was held in dining room of the Y.M.C.A. ..... Mr. Oscar L. Seth, President of the Club presiding. At this meeting plans were formulated for the establishment of a national organization of the muzzle loading rifle users, to promote muzzle loading matches throughout the country. ..." At the 1934 matches, now a 2 day affair Feb. 21/22, Walter Cline was elected president. From an article by Cline "... Weather conditions could not have been worse during the matches, and high scores are remarkable considering the conditions. Snow would pile up on the rifle barrels and cover the bullesyes on the targets. In spite of ground cloths, tarps, straw and every other material that would keep a man out of the mud, it was a rather bedrabbled crowd of shooters that stuck to it until the matches were finished. ..." At the meeting the match dates were changed to the last Fri. and Sat. in May for 1935.


SEE INTERVIEW WITH RED FARRIS FROM 1974 CALENDER FOR MORE ON THE FIRST FEW YEARS. On the Internet


1933 In the early years matches were sponsored by WLW Radio station, Powell Crosley, and led by Boss Johnston. From John Barsotti's "N.M.L.R.A. Memories" "... 1933 WLW match which Boss Johnston held at Friendship, In. ..." Match was held in the school yard in Friendship.


1934 The WLW-Crosley-Boss Johnston match was held on Thanksgiving day in Rising Sun, In. The match was pushed in the NMLRA Bulletin that Farris published. In the March 1934 Bulletin the following was published. Annual Fee is now $1.00 & "We closed our 1st year with $5.05 in the treasury, indicating need for additional revenue if we are to move forward ..."


1935 After a meeting between Walter Cline, Farris, Boss Johnston and others at the WLW match in 1934 the WLW matches, lead by Boss Johnston, combined with the NMLRA Group and held their annual matches together from that time on. 1936/37 matches in the NMLRA bulletins were referred to as "The Annual WLW & NMLRA" matches. Sept. 27-29, 1935 & Oct. 23-25, 1936 shoots were held at Laughery Park in Rising Sun, In. 1937/38 in Dillsboro, In. at what was called the Flats, and in 1939 in Dillsboro, Oct. 6-8, but shoot held at Fred Harting Farm in Friendship. The 1940 shoot, Oct. 18-20 was held on the Wilkie Lemon Farm (Today’s Walter Cline Range) in Friendship and has been there ever since.


1935 At this match there was a special 100 yard offhand match. The 1st place prize was $50.00 that had been put up by a donor. That was a lot of money in 1935 and 23 tried to win the match.


1936 Shumway page 50 report on Oct. 23rd, 24th & 25th at Laughery Park, Rising Sun, In. "Match No. 1 had a total of 96 entries the same as 1935. We consider this exceptional in view of the inclement weather that held up the shooting." The match was shot prone at 60 yards & there were 15 entries in Class A Over 60, 68 entries in Class B, under 60, and 13 entries in Class C Women


Following came from early Red Farris NMLRA bulletins, and other papers provided by Mark Thompkins whose grandfather, Albert (Al) H. Tompkins of Springfield, Mass. had kept. He was a member and Director in the 1930's. He was a gunsmith, machinist and made molds.


1936 Dec. Bulletin said 848 members. Shorty Shelton was going to hold a New Years Day shoot at Rising Sun. Rising Sun Laughrey Park was 3 miles east of Rising Sun. The range in Portsmouth was near the N&W “Y” on Brunner Ave. At the Fall shoot they could not hold the Crosley shoot off due to inclement weather. They were planning on shooting it off in early 1937. The 1936 Shoot Program Shoot was Oct. 23, 24 & 25. King Powder Co. advertised on back cover. Kings Semi-Smokeless Powder Best of all Powder for Muzzleloading Firearms


1937 Jan. Bulletin The bulletins in 1936, 37 & 38 indicate that in most month’s postal matches were held and the results were published along with the next match. The bulletins also listed various shoot dates across the country that had been submitted to Farris. In this bulletin there were 8 matches listed and cost was 50 cents for members and $1.00 for non members. Payout’s were also shown and were cash payback’s. April 1937 had a paragraph on Addicks and Cline who were relining barrels. June 1937 - First mention that next shoot would be in Dillsboro, tentatively Oct. 7 & 8 since the officers voted to take the WLW National Matches there. “Mr. Menefee reported Laughery Park, Rising Sun, seemed to badly messed up to give it consideration this year, hence Dillsboro.” Rising Sun Laughrey Park was 3 miles east of Rising Sun.


1937 July Bulletin - WLW - National will be in Dillsboro, In. Oct. 8, 9 & 10. New Match Fee = $1 “100 yard, round ball, ANY METALLIC sights. This accommodates a group that favors the down east (around Reading, Pa.) practice of playing for every possible point with the old, large bore match guns.” Life membership is available to anyone who is a annual member and they can become a life member by sending in $9.00. “A. O. Niednor, famous barrel maker, is our latest - # 20.” “A new stock of semi-smokeless powder is now on the market. It sells for $1.00 for a 12 oz. canister. Made by King Powder Co. Black by Dupont and Hercules is being demanded these days along with King’s Quick Shot.” August

Dillsboro The shoot will be at the corporate city edge. Route US 50 borders the field on the north side and HQ will be at Dillsboro Health Resort, just a few blocks inside the corporation line. Farris said they had done a Post Card Survey “... everyone wants more and better publicity.” est. 75% of our members are also NRA and 85% read the American Rifleman.


1937 September Dillsboro Health Resort manager Elmer Girkepott is one of us. Boss Johnson to do the RFD Hour on WLW Radio on Oct. 9 from the lobby of the Health Resort. “Bring no trick sights to these matches - open sights must be as large at the top as at any other part of the opening. The sun shade, if one is used, must be free from any projections or other features to make peep sights of one that appears to be “open” when the shade is removed. SET TRIGGERS - these must be looked to before shooting; shots fired after the rifle is pointed toward the target WILL COUNT FOR RECORD, even if they are misses.”


1938 Feb. The Cincinnati Sports Show as Jan. 26 - Feb. 4 10 days at show and “Likely fully 100,000 persons attended and not a one of them missed the exhibit of muzzle loaders and our exhibit of photos, targets and printed matter ...” In the March bulletin it says “we admit to some 800 annual and 30 life members. April 1938 “Our Association should shortly be functioning as an Ohio - likely Ohio - corporation “Not For Profit”. We will first have to adopt a Constitution & By Laws ... and these are partially prepared and in our hands. An early meeting of the Directors should see these items set up for final action by the Members.”


1938 July Dillsboro Oct. 7, 8 & 9. Health Resort Room w/toilet, running water & inner spring mattress bed was $2 single per night; double $3.00. Room running water only $1.75, double $2.50. Room no special conveyances $1.00 single and double $1.50. Cots – $0.75 each per night. Recommended that members and guests make reservations early. April 1939 After a meeting of Officers. 1) A club membership was established - clubs may now enter - postal club matches. Fee is $5.00 year. 2) Life Membership Beginning July 1st, 1939 this fee will be $15.00. 3) Registered Shoots Will don need to hear from those in charge of the important shoots. 4) Incorporation is to go right ahead and become a accomplished fact very shortly. 5) “New and more widely read media for our publication is being hunted ... some developments may be looked for soon.” Also this issue “Size of caps. Nines are purely pistol caps, even if we do find rifles now and they with such small nipples. No. 10's and 11"s are the same size. check and see if we are correct. No. 12's and 13's ---- ditto.” Registered Match Number One Warren, Ohio – May 30th, 1939. From the 1938 Match Results Booklet. Registration was 164, 678 match targets wer perforated. Does not count Practice cards. Note in it: “our shots are scored from the center of the bullet hole, not from the break.” Walter Cline, Presdent, Walter Keenan, 1st VP, Powell Crosley, Jr. 2nd VP, Boss Johnson, 3rd VP, E.V. Menefee Executive Officer, Mrs E. A. Holcomb, Treasurer Geo. W. Randall Secretary, E. M. Farris Managing Director, Jim Green Chief, Range Officer. Mr. Tompkins was a director in 1938.


From a series of letters between Kimball Arms Co. and Mr. Albert H. Tompkins, In 1939 lived at 91 White Street, Springfield, Mass. : March 13, 1940 “We have just taken in trade a Remington Hepburn 45/70, the action of which is very good, and wonder if you could use it at $4.00. If so, would be glad to send it to you. March 15, 1940 Kimball Letter “got your money order for the Remington Hepburn. We are shipping the old gun today, and are not doing it up with any special care, as the action is all that is worthwhile.” ... “P. S. Have an old Ballard with a pretty fair action. Sending this along with the Remington, and if you can give me a $2.00 credit, it will be perfectly satisfactory.” April 25, 1940 “... have just gotten to the shipping of the high wall Winchester S. S. action, which I am billing at $9.00, as agreed.” “I have another nice old 32/20 Remington Hepburn with the 44 Stevens scope which cost me $15.00 If you can use the rifle at $10.00,” ... will keep the scope “... The bore in this 32/20 is quite badly worn, although former owner says it still shoots with accuracy.” May 3, 1940 “... mold’s looked very well indeed.” “I have another fine Remington Hepburn action. The barrel is 32/20, and I offered it to you at $10.00, which is just what it cost me, but if you could use it at $7.50 against account, would be glad to send it ...” May 7, 1940 Sending the Hepburn today.


End of Tompkins Input:


1938 Shumway Page 67. March 38 Bulletin says 800 odd members and 30 Life.


1939 Dec. MB "President Boss Johnson has appointed John Barsotti, Columbus, Ohio director of our pistol and revolver activities. We believe this activity is in good hands and that John will tie in the loose ends as we have not been able to do thus far. He can find able helpers in Al Steuer, Ralph Hall, McQuerry, Bender and others." Oct. 1939 on page 4 has a listing of the 53 current life members.


1939 June 1939 OGCA/NMLRA. "Final Notice! Life Membership is now $10.00. July 1st it will advance to $15.00. Anyone now holding a paid-up annual membership card may send in an additional $8.00 and get the life ticket. But it must be in the office by July 1st." The July issue says changing to a years worth when you buy a membership. In past they had two expiration dates, National Matches and Dec. 31st.


1939 September was the first time that "Muzzle Blasts" was published. This was Vol. I, No. 1. Just prior to this we had been part of a joint publication called "The Gun Trader", which was "The Official Organ of NMLRA & Ohio Gun Collectors Assoc. News". A note in Gun Trader issue for Sept. 39 says "The contract with NMLRA ran out with the last issue and they are returning to their own bulletin." Wished us luck. Before that there were newsletters, match bulletins and results of match bulletins. At this time a issue of any of the above was mailed with a 1 cent stamp, yes 1 cent!!! Comment in a John Barsotti article later said the publication of a NMLRA only magazine ".. caught us all by surprise." Oct. 39 has a list of 53 life members. July 1941 says we now have 65 life members. Nov. M.B. there was a Cap and Ball match won by Wm. McQuerry (94), Joe Lamping (91), Lloyd Bender (91), also shooting were John Barsotti, Al Steuer and 7 others.


1940 The Nov. magazine has the following comment. "In 1939 we had 139 registrations, this year we had 165. The winning score in the National Championship in 1939 was 268, in 1940 it hopped up to 274." The magazine lists a Cap and Ball Pistol Match (25 yards on 50 yard target) with 13 entries. Lloyd Bender (93), Al Steuer (92) and Wm. McQuerry (91).


From the interview with Red Farris:


 At Rising Sun they shot out over the Ohio River and when a boat came up or down the river all matches had to stop until the boats were out of range. They didn't like these interruptions so decided to find another place where a match would not have to be interrupted. In 1937-38 they moved up close to Dillsboro, In. to what was called the Flats. Still a 3-day shoot the first week end in October. In 1939 the 3-day shoot was held at the Fred Harting Farm close to Friendship, In.


In 1940 the shoot was held Oct. 18-20 on the Wilkie Lemon Farm, Friendship, In. which is the present site of the Walter Cline Rifle Range.


I cannot find any records as to whether the shoot sights were donated or rented, but in 1941 membership had grown to about 1,000 and 400 registered to shoot that year. It was obvious that the NMLRA had to find a permanent home range. Arrangements were made to purchase the 53 1/2 acre tract of land from Mr. Lemon for $3000.00. In April 1942 donations started coming in which made it a reality. At the fall shoot which was now a 4-day affair Sept. 4-7, at the annual meeting it was officially dedicated as the "Walter Cline Rifle Range." Mrs. Cline was present to accept the honor.


1941 March MB page 2. "If there are any stockholders, they are the 800-odd members who now adorn the records." Editorial "The calendar before our eyes tells us this is the 22nd of Feb. 1941. What about it? Just another anniversary of the birth of George Washington? Sure. ..... It was exactly ten years ago this date that the members of the R.R.Y.M.C.A. small bore rifle club, here at Portsmouth, staged the muzzle loading rifle shoot that finally got "round the world" via WLW and Saturday Evening Post. The records show that sixty-seven competitors entered the events that day. The main item was two shots offhand and three with rest at 60 yards. The mimeographed program that lies before me shows that there were to be gold, silver and bronze medals for the high three in this match, with the big cup -- the cup that is now awarded annually to the National Champion -- as the special prize to the top man." Article in May 41 by Boss Johnston on start of WLW shoot in 1933 at Friendship and how it went in the early years.


1941 May Walter M. Cline died April 12 and in the memorial it says ".. on behalf of the thousand members of the NMLRA .."


1941 July MB Windage & Elevation LIFE MEMBERS. At press time we have 65 such listed. (at this time annual dues were $1.00, Life $15.00) No. 1 is Walter Grote, Canton, Ohio: No. 65 is Howard Andrews, Hollywood, Calif. ..." Also on page 9 that it took 1001 1 cent stamps to mail the June Issue.


1941 L.M. Wolfe was National Champion and Crosley Cup winner. Mr.Wolfe was national champion a number of times and served as a director for many years. At this match the pistol match was won by Rosalind Noble (48), Harrell Noble then Al Steuer (12 entries). The revolver match was won by Harrell Noble (48), George Glenn (46), John Barsotti (46) (9 entries).


1942 From Memories by Barsotti - Contributions toward the purchase price of $3000 began to come in, and in April we started actions to purchase property to hold the shoots at. Officially on May 25th, 1942 a WARRANTY DEED was registered that transferred 53.5 acres from Wilkie S. & Edna Lemon to the NMLRA. At the time there were 1500 members in the NMLRA according to the picture and caption in the Aug. 1942 Muzzle Blasts. Two handgun matches in 9/42 M.B., Match 24 J.L. Thompson, Mrs. then Mr. Harrell Noble (11 entries) & Match 25 H.M. Eveland (48), then Mr. then Mrs. Noble (46/44) (12 entries). Lester Cox won National Championship with score of 275. 1942 - 1945 there were two handgun matches (couple won by Rosalind) and in 1946 there were 3 slow fire matches, a 50 yd. and timed fire match - total 5 matches.


1942 Comment in Red Farris article. 3 of 6 Range officers were school teachers. Lorton of Moores Hill, In., Milam of Bethel, Ohio and Richards of Felicity, Ohio. Earlier magazine had comment that the Executive Officer makes final decisions on rule/range questions. E.A. "Tye" Holcomb is listed as Executive Officer.


1942 Picture in Scores Sept. 1942 shoot has picture on cover. Caption says "... Dining and Headquarters Tents at Right, with New Stone Comfort Station On Beyond" Old timer confirmed this is today’s stone bathroom, east of clubhouse. Unconfirmed, but someone remembered that a Harley Winkleback, Ft. Wayne, lead the construction effort.


1944 CLUB HOUSE Picture of the range and caption say "see the barn in the background", probably in area of today’s Rams on the silhouette range, may be a possibility for club house. Pictures in Sept. 1944 M.B. show the building being reassembled in the present clubhouse location. Wall and roof were up. Comment in that issue was ".. the partly finished club house, that was a barn" & President "Boss" Johnston writes "... that this structure is now floored (was half floored for the Matches) and all the siding is in place - snug for the winter." National champion was L.M. Wolfe with 284. Two handgun matches with the Nobles, Joe Lamping, Norm Kob participating. 7/9 entries in the two matches. Sept. 45 shoot results have picture of completed club house with front porch that people could sit on top of and watch matches.


Aug. MB says Compton has now printed two issues for us. B.LeRoy Compton owned Compton Printing & Engraving of Portsmouth In the Sept. M.B. also a list of past five national champions. 1940 - Don Coble, Wolfe 1941 & 44 (also wins in 1945), Lester Cox - 1942 and H. J. Rhodes in 1943.


1945 May. Farris Pg. 8 Hoping well and cistern in and working by the shoot. July M.B. shows picture of the clubhouse and says it's renovation is almost complete and a large porch is being added as well as an observation balcony facing range. Hard to believe that picture evolved into todays clubhouse. Scores - Sept. 1945 M.B. has picture of completed clubhouse, with observation porch. Already comment in the writeup that with half of ground floor taken up by dining room, that in case of heavy rain, will get very crowded if we have a increase in attendance in the future.


1945 Prior to 1945, (1941-1944) pistol matches fired at the National were five (5) shot events fired at a standard American 50 yard pistol target at a distance of five (5) rods. The 1945 program announced such a schedule of matches. Harrell Noble who was to run the pistol matches was a day late and while Dunbar and others were helping set up the pistol range someone made a "the remark that the 5 shot pistol matches would be over almost before they started and further that 5 shots were not enough to test the skill of pistol shooters. Everyone agreed and before the match shooting started in the Fall of 1945, Harrell Noble decreed that henceforth all pistol matches would be ten (10) shots. Everyone was pleased. Pistol match progress was on the march!" First 10 shot pistol matches, shot at 5 rods, caplock and revolver. Harrell Noble - initial caplock record - 95, & B. G. Archambault - initial revolver record - 97 (He used a .44 Remington Cap & Ball revolver relined to shoot a .38 special bullet.). Annual Match program has only one offhand rifle match at 25 yards, all the rest of the matches are at 10/20/40 rods (rod=5 1/2 yards). There were 5 offhand matches and 16 rest matches.


 (See "A Decade of Pistol Match Development - 1945 to 1955" page for extensive history of the first 10 years of organized pistol shooting) on My Internet web page. http://www.seidata.com/~hryoung or //www.seidata.com/~hryoung/fish.htm


1946 March issue says plans this year to hold a 3 day Spring shoot on May 17, 18 & 19. Program listing for the shoot showed all rifle and rest matches were 40-20-10% payback and pistol would have whatever matches they decided on during the match. No results were published. Further comment in March article was "With gas in abundance, time available in bigger gobs of leisure hours, a swell range, club house, camping site and all it takes to match your itch to renew the shotin spirt, the spring match should appeal to hundreds who are in a "let's get goin'" attitude." Last paragraph says "The committee agrees on establishing 50-100-200 yards as the regulation distances for shooting and this will be standard for the Walter Cline Range at this event, the National and all others to come." As most shooting was rest, they did not shoot much 25 yards at this time. Very little offhand shooting, almost all bench/rest and at 50/100/200 yards.


1946 July Edit. says that "Up to now we have spent a bit over $12,000 for land and improvements. To show for it we offer 52 acres of good meadow and hillside, a club house, wells and outbuildings, lights, phone, a water system, a good roadway into the property, a raised firing line and smaller improvements." In 1946 August article says Hey there are others here at the far right end of the line that shoot everything from "Their guns range from ancient flint locks to modern front end fed slug guns. The powder charge rarely exceeds 30 grains ...." Later "The pistol range is run completely independent from the rifle events. Targets can be replaced and squads can be fired separately and independently from the activities of the rifle shooters." Joe Lamping and Dave Boys from Cincinnati have helped on the pistol range.


1946 In the years 41-45 the Pistol program has always been two handgun matches, usually one any handgun and one a revolver match. 1946 program increased to 3 slow fire matches, a 50 yard match and a timed fire match. Initial timed fire record of 88 by Harrell Noble and His wife Rosalind posted the 1st 50 yd record, an 84. Total of 5 matches at this shoot. First day target frames were misplaced at 20 yards, and that match was won by L. C. Bland with 97. Entries in the matches were 9/15/17/7/5 with the 5 being in the first timed fire match. In 1946 M.B.'s targets were for sale by E.M. Farris. They were the Squirrel, Crow and Woodchuck that we shoot today. The closest to center "Crazy Turkey" was also already in use at this time.


1946 March 1979 MB article on V. M. Starr. "I came down to Friendship in 1946 -- I was just gettin' goin good then. I brought down a pickup load of half dozen or more shotguns that I'd fixed up. I borrowed a trap from Brady Meltzer, and Elmer Lafffe from up at Milan brought me down a load of hay bales -- and I built me a trap house about where the Pistol Range is now. They didn't know nothin' about shotguns, and nobody was interested. They put me way up at the end of the line where I wouldn't bother anybody, and I'd be out of the way ... I STOLE THE SHOW FOR 5 DAYS! Folks rallied around ... I had to put up a wire to keep 'em back so we could operate! I was down there for three years and I had the crowd all the time!"


His years were three and the last, 1948, saw his Trap Shooting Program, with Starr and Meltzer running the show, scheduled as a regular event for the Nationals.


Starr settled back on the clubhouse bench and into his watchful eyes there crept a twinkle. "Yep, that first time to Friendship, that was a high spot. I knew a lot of the guys, ya know ... like Neider. "Pop" was into deviltry all the time ... he and Skunk Porter (Harold) ... and Bull Ramsey. I knew Bull awfully well. He lived over by Portsmouth, Ohio and because I had a brother in Newark, I stopped over at Bull's when I was in the area. He had an old three story house, and from the basement to the roof, it was full of guns. He had a mortar a sittin' in ev'ry corner and in the attic he has a stack this high (motions skyward) of cased colts! I don't know what that collection of guns was worth ... that was back in the day when you could find good muzzle loaders. I bought a lot of muzzle loaders that were good ones for $5 and $10 a piece, did a job on them and sold them for $35-$40! Same gun now would bring $250.


?? Comment in an "The Early Years" article by the Noble's. "After a heavy rain, in those early days of Friendship the campground grass between the highway and the firing line just couldn't take the heavy traffic of cars and small trucks as the campers drove back and forth. The main entrance drive was also the scene of similar events, especially when the gravel overlay broke through after a particularly heavy rain. In fact, one could often see several puddles of water indicating such breakthrough - some of which seemed bottomless when a car got stuck. However, after dozens of loads of gravel and much packing by appropriate machinery, this entrance driveway eventually became very solid, smooth and safe and would eventually form a good base should the association decide to pave." April 46 Farris article - We Visited the Walter Cline Range this week and are happy to report a mighty nice roadway, pretty well finished, from the State Highway over to the west end of our club house." December 1946 MB, page 13, has a E. M. Farris & Son add for the X center Turkey Target and it’s labeled “The newest fun maker ..” and sold for 50 for $1.00.


December 1946 MB, page 13, has a E. M. Farris & Son add for the X center Turkey Target, and it’s labeled “The newest fun maker ..” and sold for 50 for $1.00.


1947 Article on rapid firing of a revolver and comment that the Range Committee would appreciate any comments on this type of shooting for possible inclusion in the program. Article by Dunbar & Eveland indicates that a timed fire match was part of the 1947 fall shoot.


     Article in Muzzle Blasts, March 1947: The C&B Revolver for Three Stage Firing. Had the following description on "Ten shots timed fire at 25 yards, fired at the rate of five shots in 20 seconds. The usual procedure and commands for the firing and speed fire stages are as follows, with the shooter standing on the firing line with the pistol in "raised pistol" position and with the revolver loaded, capped and cocked:

  1.) Ready on the right.

  2.) Ready on the left.

  3.) Ready on the firing line.

  4.) A pause of three seconds during which the shooter levels and aims his gun.

  5.) A blast of a whistle to signal "commence firing:.

  6.) An elapse of twenty seconds for timed fire or ten seconds for rapid fire.

  7.) A blast of the whistle to signal "cease firing".

Shots starting before the starting whistle and shots after the stopping whistle has been blown are penalized ten points each.


Also the spring shoot results in June 1947 M.B. had scores for rifle on Saturday June 21 for 9 matches, and for Sunday 4 additional matches. The pistol program consisted of two matches won by Marion Youngstafel and Donald Camp. Other pistol shooters were John Barsotti, Joe Lamping and Raymond Nordmark. Some names in rifle were Don Schurman, Cincinnati; Jesse Allen, Versailles, In.; Claude Turner, Donald Camp, Joe Devers, E.R. Black, Ralph Dunn, Brad Roberts. There was a Juniors match won by Tony Whalen, Carlisle, In. with Donald Meuthing, Columbus, Oh.; and John Van Way, Shelbyville, In.


1947 1st time for a Pistol Grand Aggregate Championship - Robert Dunbar 339/400. No other Pistol results were published for Fall 1947. Scores - Sept. 47 says that at meeting there was a plea from a shooter to help improve the range. Says this was met with instant approval and that by the end of the shoot much labor has been pledged and a special bank account had reached $520.14. Also that 1st V.P. VanWay and gang of fellows plan to install a water pump to furnish much needed water for rest room purposes only. June 48 says new pump house is coming along for a complete new sanitary water system.


1948 Found note on Spring Shoot that said "The main Pistol Event produced the following Scores: (1) M. Youngstafel - 85, (2) Harry Meyer - 83, (3) Mrs M. L. Youngstafel - 76, and (4) Geo. Halston (a newcomer). With Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Youngstafel using the hand guns on the pistol range, there is sure to be some interesting attraction at the far end in the National." Article further said Mr. Marion Youngstafel and his wife took over the operation of the pistol matches. On Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Noble were in attendance. No other indication in article of other shooting that was done. The shoot was two days long.


For a number of years Ben Mellor was the NMLRA Chief Range Officer. He passed away in Oct. 1947. In June 48 M.B. it says "Our new Chief Range Officer, Mr. Henry Thoman, took up duties..." He remained in the position until 1966. He started helping in 1946. In the 1948 Fall shoot program Thoman is sisted as Executive Range Officer. Think the first set of printed shooting rules became available with this MB. Cost was 25 cents and stamped self addressed envelope. May Edit. article says that "All our stories and articles, by many excellent writers, are obtained from them gratis."


Champion in Fall Rosalind Noble - 356, Harrell Noble - 356


Pistol article Sept. & Feb. 49 Edit. said total 489 Registered shooters. The 1948 annual matches are history and the pistol portion made history. More pistol shooters shot more targets than ever before, in spite of the wettest most miserable weather imaginable. Later in the article it says material was purchased for frames and loading benches. Joe Lamping, Lewis Meiner, Ed Forsythe, Harrell Noble and Van Way completed 95% two weeks before the fall shoot, and Marion Youngstafel, Robert Dunbar and Lloyd Bender finished up the day before the match started. "Thus by noon of the first day of the shoot the pistol range had twelve 25 yard and four 50 yard firing positions, 48 feet of loading tables and a bulletin board on which was kept up to the minute account of the scores. (Scores were additionally Posted on the main bulletin board in the range house.)" Program lists Pistol Range Officers as Joe Lamping, Harrell Noble and Marion Youngstafel


1948 Picture of clubhouse, with porch, and a building to the east taken in the winter, which is todays Stone John. Conversation with someone who had been coming to Friendship since 1948 confirmed that this is todays Stone John. They are sitting in the middle of a field with no trees in sight till you get to Laughery Creek. 1948 Scores say that "..members at work with Vice President VanWay in building a new pump house for a complete new sanitary water system ..."


July Edit. says that "Two months ago we introduced in the columns of Muzzle Blasts the plans for creating Charter Clubs for group membership in the N.M.L.R.A. Processing was ongoing for the initial group of clubs, 9 are listed. March 58 Edit. says this brings a grand total of 121 charters which have been printed and sent to the clubs. Clubs are in 34 states and Canada. See 1958


1949 No scores or comments on Pistol found in M.B. for spring 1949, there were 118 registered at the shoot. Fall Shoot Rosalind Noble established the initial record of 179x200 in the new any pistol slow fire aggregate; she also topped Harrell Noble's record in the 25 yard any pistol match by shooting a 97x100. However the championship that year was won by Lloyd Bender with a 341x400 (He was the 1948 rifle champion), with both 2nd. and 3rd. with same score, Robert Dunbar - 341, Rosalind - 341 (no information in article on how the ties were broke), Ed. Forsythe - 331, Marion Youngstofel - 322, Harold Wood - 283, Floyd Smith -276. There were 14 shooters in match 4, 25 yd. slow fire with any revolver. There was also a new match for any 31 to 36 caliber as issue revolvers at 15 yards. Not much interest in the match.


Offhand championship in Fall Don Coble (129-2X), Max Vickery (123) w/Clark Harris 3rd. 9/49 Edit. Total of 436 registered and estimated 5000 visited the range during the shoot.


Scores & Edit. 7/49 says lights will be available for Commercial Exhibitors for the 5 days, each exhibitor is charged a fee of $10 which includes registration and camping. 9/49 Farris article says a lot of physical range improvements with VanWay leading a lot of volunteers. Shelter at shotgun, improvements in comfort stations and many other things. Also that a dining room is needed, it is getting crowded in the club house at many times.


1949 Sept. scores. 50 Club members. At this time there were 9 members 1) Clyde Bishop 2) J.E. Hirtle, 3) Ellyn Grote, 4) L. M. Wolfe, 5) Leonard Niceswanger, 6) Chester Patton (2 times), 7) L. M. Wolfe (2 times), 8) Clyde Hill (3 times), 9) F. O. Nelson.


1950 Spring match June 3-4 the ag. was not completed by anyone. No entries in match 5, and listing of shooters shows that 6 shot the 25 yd. revolver match. No indication of problems and rifle looked normal. In match 1 rifle (50 yd. rest, open sight, and 25 yard offhand) a Max Vickery placed 19th with 41-46-1X (87-1X). Fall Pistol Champion Robert Dunbar - 358, Rosalind Noble - 345, Sherley Randall - 299. Roland Harper was National Champion; Claude Turner won Crosley; Dr. Clyde Everett, offhand; Don Coble Flint Lock and Harold Porter slug gun champions.


Farris Article Scores in Sept. & Edit. 2/50. Many clubhouse improvements. Reds comment was "it didn't look like the same old shack." Credit was given to Friendship American Legion who has an agreement to use the clubhouse when there are not National shoots going on (still using in April 1952) and President VanWay and his cohorts up Shelbyville way. "The big cement floor - no posts to bump into - made room for about six sets of square dancers; the dining room kitchen addition that was built to the club house proved a most helpful feature. When the Loft has been fully floored and cots installed some 40 more men can be quartered there .. most helpful with hotel accommodations on the skimpy side."


1950 Sept. Edit. 472 people registered for Fall Nationals. "From heavy debt we have come to a place where hundreds of dollars can be spent from our treasury for our Range House improvements and still have a balance with all obligations for current operations paid in full."


1951 Spring Charles Haffner - 350, Harold Eveland- 319, Ralph Dunne- 317, Dick Straughn- 222. Fall 51 511 registered and 5 days of shooting. Nov. Edit. says membership now $3.00 (up from $2.00) and life membership $50.00. Earlier editorial said paper for a issue of MB cost $60 in 1948, now costs $145.


1950-1954 Harold and Maxine Eveland conducted the pistol matches and reported that in 1950 only three shooters fired the entire coarse.


1952 A new target to assist in scoring will be introduced this year to see if it is accepted. It is called the 6-bull, which is now one of the standard targets in use. May 53 Edit. says "More than a thousand targets were shot using the new 6 Bullseys Target at the spring shoot. The target .... proved itself in the first practical test to which it has been put .." In 1952 pistol introduced a match that was not successful and destined to be a footnote. "A 25 yd. affair for flinters at a silhouette target. Shades of dueling." In 1953 two flintlock matches were introduced at 25 & 50, but they were kept out of the aggregate. Total of 537 registered.


April Edit. "printing of Muzzle Blasts for this issue exceeds 6500 copies" Also that in 1948 our obligation to the bank amounted to $2,500 and was of great concern. Feb. 53 Edit. "We caucus with the girls in your headquarters office and find that a check for $200.00 which is the last of our old bank obligations is ready for signature and feel a thrill of satisfaction that your M-L rifle association can call itself free of debt from any of the obligations incurred in the hectic days of early growth and range improvements." March 53 Edit. "A report from the business manager which showed all obligations of the association paid with the exception of $900.00 due the bank on our new toilet building was approved. In addition our trust fund has grown to about $1000.00 and the covered firing line fund is over $1000.00"


1953 Feb. Edit. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eveland informed us that due to change in their working plans they cannot continue to conduct the pistol matches at Spring and Fall shoots. After testing of a 25 yard Flint match in Fall of 1952, the spring of '53 found a 25 yard flint match, and in the Fall a 25/50 yard flint matches with a Flint Agg. on the standard American target. For the fall shoot we made up a flintlock aggregate match comprising of a 10 shot match at 25 yards and a 10 shot match at 50 yards and had ten shooters in the event. D. Coble won 25 yd., P. Haynes won 50 yards. with the agg. leader Haffner - 166, P. Haynes - 164, D. Coble - 147. Through 1960 there was only a 25 yard Flint match in the Spring Shoot and both 25/50 yard matches with a Flint agg. winner in the Fall. The Fall championship goes to 1000 points in 1956, but the Spring does not goto 600 point championship until 1961.


June 53 Edit. ".. the new scoring room on the second floor of the club house. This room overlooks the range and has many windows facing the firing line. Picture of revised clubhouse in Sept. 54 M.B. A new trap house for the shotgun clay pigeon boys will be placed in operation and the old trap house has been placed so that the pistol division now has a shelter for their range house.


Fall champion was Haffner - 369, followed by Noble (345), Dunbar (340), Furst, Brooks plus 11 other shooters.


1953 Scores Sept. 53 M.B. picture caption says "a dedication ceremony was held for the new clubhouse fireplace." The fireplace was a dream for number of years and appeared in articles as early as 1947. In 1949 V.P. Ralph Dunn took on the job to acquire the wherewithal to build the new fireplace in the Range house and complete this long desired feature as the first step in the remodeling of the interior of our club room." Stones from many places have been gathered for a number of years. June 53 Edit. "There is stone from the Alamo, from the great state of Texas .... from Blue Lick, Kentucky where the last battle of the Revolutionary War was fought, and in which the son of Danial Boone was killed. .... stone from Ft. Stockton ... from the original White House that was burned by the British in 1812 ... and many other places. The builder was a Mr. Ballard" Aug. 54 "The fireplace is finished with new andirons by Thoman and Trotter -- well made and appropriate addition to the assembly room. A old timer said that the fireplace was built as things went along and grew over about five years as people brought stones, and one day was just done.


Sept. 53 Edit. In 1952 a temporary auxiliary of the ladies was talked about. At the 53 nationals this has matured into a most effective organization known as the "Muzzle Loading shooter's Auxiliary". At the conclusion of the shoot there were 100 members with a treasury of $103.20. There is no dues, but they have a gratuity fund for incidental expenses. As late as 1966 a chairperson is listed for this group, Isabel Gardner


N.R.A. to hold M.L. Matches at Camp Perry for the first time at the meet Aug. 29-30, 1953. The NMLRA approved the conditions and regulations for the matches.


1954 Spring 54 results Charles Haffner - 359, Harold Eveland - 334, Richard Straughn - 309, R.H. Maxson - 248

     Fall 54 Had Haffner - 358, E. Clark - 356, H. Eveland - 352, R. Dunbar - 350, F. Holland - 339, plus 11 others who shot the full agg. There were 543 registrants, an all time high for the NMLRA. There are two flintlock matches (25 & 50) and a flint championship, but not included in the agg. Dunbar (161), Clark (161), Furst (158), Haffner (151) plus 3 others. Mr. & Mrs. Merrill Deer match started this year.


1955 Pistol has grown and acquired a range house. Eveland reported that 1954 was "five days of nothing but shooting". There were 59 competitors - 51 in the re-entry match. Until the fall of 1955, and Crawford Morton's "possible" 100/100, there had been fired only one "clean" target, Al Steuer in 1943 scored a 50/50 at five rods. Indeed prior to Mortons's target only two, Dunbar in 1952 and Robert Furst in 1953 had made the 50 Club, that is had fired five consecutive tens in either the first or second five shots of the ten shot string.


Al Steuer became Pistol Range Officer, and remained until 1965


1955 Bill Carver attends 1st Friendship. Charles Haffner is a quote "old timer". Spring was won by P.D. Haynes with a 93, 89, 78, 77 - 337.


Fall Championship - Crawford Morton, Haffner, Robert Dunbar 603/601/597 of 700. Picture in scores Sept. 55 show pistol target. At this time there is no "X" ring and the first "X" count does not show up in scores until Fall 1957. Offhand shooting has grown to 4 - 25yd.; 2 50 yd. and a 100 yard match. There are 23 rest matches on rifle line. 557 registered shooters in 1955.


700 point championship consisted of 25 & 50 yard matches with caplock, flintlock and revolver, plus 2 five shot revolver strings shot in 20 seconds per string.


400 point championship consisted of 25 & 50 yd slow fire aggregate, a 25 yd slow fire revolver match, and a 25 yard timed fire match for the revolver.


1956 As Issue is just developing & only specific revolvers allowed at this time.


1957 April article on proposal to construct booths for commercial row. Article stressed this was just a exploratory proposal to see where it goes, not plans to do. Pictures in 1958 M.B. show partially completed booths, so proposal must have been well received. These are the most widely spaced ones, two rows off the shooting line.


Fall 57 scores show picture of dealers and their campers, tents, etc. with the pump house and bath room facility along route 62 in the background. Space in between is covered with cars and tents. 580 registered.


1958 March Editorial: “Ten years ago in 1948, the idea of establishing charter clubs affiliated in spirit and purpose with the NMLRA became a reality. Chicago, Il. was the first to receive a charter and the first club to agree to conduct matches under the rules of the official rule book of the national association.”


They were in the process of mailing charters to three new clubs, bringing us up to 121 charters which have been printed and presented to clubs which have organized for match shooting and complied with the rather lenient rules for obtaining a charter; namely, that ten members of the club be card possessing members of the National group. These clubs represent 34 states and the Dominion of Canada. To recognize these clubs it is planned to build our 1958 National as a tribute to these groups. “The 1958 National, August 28, 29, 30, 31 and September 1, will be known and designated as the Charter National, 1958.”




1958 March Editorial: “Ten years ago in 1948, the idea of establishing charter clubs affiliated in spirit and purpose with the NMLRA became a reality. Chicago, Il. was the first to receive a charter and the first club to agree to conduct matches under the rules of the official rule book of the national association.”


1958 Bob Kiser attends 1st Friendship & wins Spring Championship 369 to 364 over Bill Carver.


Sept. 58 scores has Financial Report showing NMLRA has total current assets of $37,143.64 and net worth of $34,659.46. We owed Friendship Bank $2000 and National Cash Register $299.40. Farris article same time says fall matches "The best yet. Never have we had a five day stretch of such fine weather. Never were the arrangements handled better. ...." Also comment "Parking Space .. that's a hard nut to crack, but the solution likely will be found." The 1958 Nationals held on Aug. 29-31, and Sept. 1 was called the "Charter National" in recognization of the 10 years since the NMLRA started the Charter Club program. There are now 121 charter clubs.


"Fast Draws From the National Pistol Range" article by Dunbar Oct. 58. ".. arrived about 3 the day before the opening day of the 1958 National. Already the choice camp sites were taken; in fact, they had been taken for nearly a week. ...." ".. There were electric lights in the range house and there were now target frames on the 50 and 25 yard ranges. The 50 yard firing points were not leveled off. Perhaps next year." ".. Charles Haffner fired all his pistol matches the first day as the weather was very nice. Charles fires very few practice shots when shooting matches, stating "Why waste 10's on a practice target when you can putem on a match target."" At this time Rifle and Pistol matches cost $1.25 and practice targets were $0.25 each. Re-entrys were $1.25 for first and 50 cents for additional ones.


July 1958 article says to help ease breaking ties the rule of using most X's, then farthest shot from center to break ties was put into place.


1959 April M.B. The National will be expanded to run six days starting Wed. Sept. 2. The final Crosley shoot-off and other features of the matches filling up the final day of the matches on Monday.


June 15 contract was signed to build the covered line between Bargersville Hardware & Lumber and Mr. Morris VanWay for 550 feet of line. Firing line covered in time for the Fall shoot. Money for the project was gathered via asking the members to buy footage in the covered firing line at $10.00 per foot. the goal was 500 feet of covered line. This was a major upgrade to the NMLRA program and for the first time would allow matches to go on rain or shine.


1959 During this year the Headquarters of the Association was moved to Shelbyville, In. The first issue of Muzzle Blasts to come from the new office was Nov. 1959 issue. LeRoy Compton resigned as editor and Joe Evans is listed as editor for a period, then Ed Milam, Shelbyville, In. At this time Helen Evans is Treasurer and Office Manager. Maxine Moss is Correspondence Sec. In 1964 the position of editor becomes vacant and Maxine Moss becomes editor by the end of the year.


1959 Fall Shoot program now lists 17 offhand matches vs. 30 rest matches. Offhand rifle is growing, but so is rest shooting. Bill Carver won His first National Championship with a 922-17X, winning all three sub ags. Oct. 59 Edit. Shooter registration by actual participation in the National was 501. Commercial row exhibitors registered a total of 65 displays. The combined registration of 566 is the largest in the history of muzzle loading activities." Jan. 60 Edit. Financial statement for November 1959 shows that $672.62 was spent for gravel and labor to repair flood damage at the range.


1960 May shoot Capt. Max Schneider attends 1st Friendship and at Fall shoot wins with 920-24X over Haffner at 919-19X. Carver won the spring shoot with a 371-8X, Kiser 2nd with 364-7X. This was the last 400 point championship.


1960 Senaca And Primitive Start Get MB out for fall. Pages I have do not list it in 1960. First Senaca shows up in Fall 1961 as Match 600. Results were Fred Belcher, Rexel Maxey and Don Schuerman. Nothing is listed for spring shoots until 1966 when shoot is expanded to 4 days, May 13, 14, 15 & 16. Fall 1962 results Scott Murray (44), John Anspaugh (43) & Terry Morgan (42). In 1967 in Spring shoot Primitive Matches are located on “204" There is now Seneca (match officer Ed Jones), The “Rick” Gilliard - a 50 yard offhand “special target” match & Mountain Man Agg. (Joe Bennett R. O.) Match was String Cutting, Split The Ball, Tomahawk & Knife Throw. (Max Vickery was overall Range Officer) Comment in Fall 1967, Nov. scores, says “Last year we were very loose on rules, somewhat tighter this spring and tighter yet this Fall on attire. In the future will be costume of the Revolutionary War Period, buckskins, Indian Dress, soldier uniform and proper shoes. Flintlock only and open sight. In 1968 results there is now a Bill Large Hawken Match (Cross Sticks 3 shots, 2 off hand @ 100 yards, open sights only) and a Hawken Shoot (2 shots off hand @ 100 yards & 3 shots prone over log @ 150 yards). In the Fall of 1968 it’s now Senaca, FerDuLac, & Flintlock Senaca Matches, Mountain Man Ag., Free Trappers Match and Hawken shoot. Thru 1973/74 program stayed about the same, in Spring 1975 there are separate Tomahawk & Knife Matches, a Women’s Match, Mens Senior Division and Junior Division. Fall 1975 Smoothbore Northwest Trade Gun Ag. added and Flintlock Pistol. From here grows into today’s Program.


1961 Members of the "100 Club" were listed as Crawford Morton, W.A. Carver, Robert Kiser, John Kromer, Lloyd Fetters and Max Schneider. Fedders had done His with a revolver, and was the first to do so. 1st time for todays 600 point aggregate.


Charles Haffner is the 1st Distinguished Master.


Records at the time: Caplock Matches - 25 yd. Slow Fire, John Kromer, Clyde, Ohio - 100-4X, 25 yd. Limited Fire, W.A. Carver, Sandusky, Ohio - 99, 50 yd. Slow fire, W. A. Carver, - 91, caplock ag., Bill Carver 287-5X


Flintlock, 25 yd. slow fire Capt. Max schneider, Smyrna. Tenn. - 98-2X, 25 yd. Limited Fire, Robert Kiser, Fremont, Ohio - 97-4X, 50 yd. Slow Fire, Charles Haffner, Franklin, Tenn. - 89, Charles Haffner 282


Revolver, 25 yd. slow fire Charles Haffner - 99-3X, 25 yd. Timed fire, Irvin Baker, Indianapolis, In. -96, 50 yd. Slow fire, R. J. Dunbar, Oak Ridge, Tenn. - 92, 25 yd. limited fire, Charles Haffner - 98-4X, Rev. Ag. Haffner 373-4X


Championship, Haffner 926-13X.


At the Spring shoot John Kromer shot a record 94 at 50 yards with his caplock and in the fall shoot Bill Carver broke the ag. record with a 945-24X. As Issue revolver match for 1st time. Before few matches, but narrowly defined what As Issue revolver could be used.



1962 New life member list showed total 1334 have been issued, Jan 66 says total 1465. Dates for shoots listed as Spring May 19-20, Fall Aug. 29-Sept. 3 (6 days) Spring pistol program is 25/50 yard caplock/flint/revolver matches with Championship as match 7. There was also a 25 yd. re-entry match. Fall Aggregate Carver, Haffner, Kromer @ 950-32X, 937-22X & 931-15X


1963 Article says $6500 was spent for new toilet and shower facility (picture of range in 1964 indicate that this is probably the Shotgun Bath House, The Bench line cover and bath house went in between 1964 & 1966 based on pictures) , new fences, an addition to the club house, a new roof on the club house, an extension to the covered firing points for the pistol range, planting of trees, new electric poles and outlets, grounds improvements and care as well as sundry other miscellaneous chores. Most of the work being performed on weekends by members living in the area. Nominal sums for travel expenses and for compensation have been paid, BUT -- hear this! Without exception the men performing the work contributed half of the very nominal sums paid back to the NMLRA for some arduous, tedious and long hours of physical labor for the benefit of all the members.

The summer was very dry and all the wells went dry at the Nationals. Water had to be hauled in by tank truck.


1963 Aggregate Carver, Haffner, Kiser @ 953-32X 935-28X, 935-24X. Created a second class. Now Master and Experts for Fall shoot (See Hist. Aug.). Paul Faeth won the first Expert Championship scoring 899-6X, there by becoming a master.


1963 Max Vickery was Senaca range officer, and started the match. It was run along Ceasers Creek between us, and what at the time was the Ashcraft farm. Membership figures listed that as of Jan. 31 1961 - 6,023, 1962 - 7,298, 1963 - 7,761


1964 Maxine Moss became Managing Editor of Muzzle Blasts. Carver sets 1000 pt. ag record of 954-35X which still stands in 2005.


1964 Scores. Everett Donegan shot a 50-5X in the Merrill and Margaret Deer 50 yard any metallic sight. Still close as Jim Anderson shot 50-4X and Bruce Tipton 50-3X. Believed to be first perfect target shot at that range.


First year for Steuer match and it is 25 shots in one 45 minute relay. At that time relays were 45 minutes long due to the large amount of bench shooting done. Another article indicates that this was not considered long, and some even wanted a full hour per relay. Oct. 64 Scores. Everett Donegan on the Buffalo target at 50 yards shot a 50-5X, believed to be first perfect buffalo target shot at Friendship range. Also the year that the first timer match was started.


Spring shoot went to 3 full days and Fall is listed at 7 days, but think program only comes out as 6 days. Comment in July M.B. "Three wonderful days were spent at the Walter Cline range May 15-17. The shoot exceeded last year by 50% on the overall picture. This was a first time three day shoot and from all aspects has been established as such from now on." There were 415 registered. July 64 Scores Another "... electrifying announcement by President Merrill Deer of the purchase of the 64 acres to the west of our present range." Says now we can stretch out. (Today's slug and silhouette ranges)


1964 Pistol Committee Max Schneider, Charles Haffner, Bill Carver & Miles Kline. Comment in Carver M. B. article says "The spring matches will be a three day affair this year, and the pistol program will offer something to challenge every pistoleer. .... And for those that delight in shooting naturals, ten shots slow fire at 25 yds. for "as-issue" pistols, no adjustable sights, no special grips, etc. The match was started in the Fall 1963 and with no publicity drew but five entrants. The first winner was Dorr Carpenter with a 96-2X, followed by Southgate and Henry.


1965 Pres Msg. We no longer have a lease with the American Legion and will now be responsible for the property, insurance, maintenance & care of the range. Jim Lemon is chair of the range property committee. The Friendship American Legion have had a lease to use the Clubhouse during the times the NMLRA did not have scheduled shoots going on. The Friendship Post had used the facility since 1950 and at one time had 200 members. The local membership had dropped off and at this time was to low to continue to pay for use of the clubhouse. They did many improvements over years and provided a valuable service during the period. Comment about "moving the shooting shack to a new location .... cleaning up what had been left by Fourth of July Flood". 1965 Presidents msg. Mike Gardner, Chairman Grounds Committee with Ronnie Moss on it, also Ernie Laker is local custodian. Also that a 1st Aid Booth is planned for spring shoot. R.C. McCoy, Helen Brant and Dr. Andy Baker involved. Helen Brant will be in charge.


Al Steuer resigned as Pistol Range Officer


1965 Spring Shoot program consisted of 25/50 yard Caplock, Revolver, and Flint lock, Championship, a Beginners Match, As Issue and 25 yard Re-entry. The Fall program adds Limited Time Fires to each and the 10 shot timed fire in Revolver. No As-Issue shown for Fall, with the 25 shot, 50 yd., 45 min. relay match. All matches were $1.25 and 50 cents for re-entry targets after 1st. All practice targets were 25 cents each.


1965 Jan. Pres msg. says we paid $10,000 for 64 acres which is today’s silhouette and slug gun area. July MB page 26. Boy Scouts who helped plant trees donated by Mr. Robert Burns of Michigan. The Scouts received merit badges for the effort and we got trees that now provide lots of shade. Talked to old timer who was involved in getting the boy scouts down and he said part of these trees were the ones along Route 62, plus lot of others out in the open, which tended to get mowed down.



1964-66 Pictures of range in 64 and 66 indicate that the Bench Line bath house and cover over bench line were done during this period.


1966 Feb. Welcomes Life Members by name No. 1466 - 1526. Jan. & Feb. Reeces Jan. msg. says we have contracted for the 204, and the house is as solid as the day it was built. Our aspirations to make our headquarters address Friendship a reality as soon as we pay for the land. 1966 Feb. Pres msg. It will take $7,000 to convert the Rand House on 204 to an office. May Presidents message says, "As of March 26, 1996 we, together with two banks are now proud possessors of a deed to the "204". Sale price was $42,200 for 40 acres tillable, 160 acres pasture, 2 ponds and house, barn and ground." Several fund raisers had been done and over a number of years in the future money was raised to pay this obligation off.


Feb. Pres. msg. Gate fee is $1.00 and members get it back when they shoot. June 66 Presidents message says that Helen Evans will be resigning, effective with the Directors meeting in Sept., as Office Manager and Treasurer of the NMLRA after many years of active participation in the NMLRA. June 66 we established Regional Charter Club matches. Presidents msg. says that this was the year the NMLRA started Associate Members who had all the privileges, but did not get copy of the magazine.


1966 Spring shoot - Virgil Hartley handled the Pistol matches, aided by all, especially Bill Gerwin. July 66 p28 - Thanks to Virgil Hartley as Pistol Range Officer, who is stepping down due to health. Jan. 67 Al Steuer listed again as Pistol Chief, Range Officer. Aug. 66 Fall Pistol program shows two classes (Master/Expert), matches are $1.25, Re-entry $1.25/50 cents and all practice targets are 25 cents. Relays are 45 minutes.


1966 September Issue of M. B. now carries Friendship as the official mailing address of the NMLRA. The relocation occurred on Aug. 6/7, and was accomplished by volunteers. The issue contained a story on the Rand house which is "Our National Headquarters". Presidents message in Sept. issue says we owe $30,000 for 204, $7,000 to remodel the house and $1500 for asphalt. 1966 Pres msg thanked the office staff Maxine, Phyllis Kieninger, Rosie and Sherry Shrader (treasurer at this time). Rosie started in Aug. 1966 when office was moved from Shelbyville to Friendship. Excom was Pres, 1st, 2nd & 3rd VP's. This was year Helen Evans stepped down.


Nov. 1966 Scores Fall Pistol Match article and contains record scores in Pistol thru Fall 1966. Pistol range officer was a mutual effort this year. Spring was Virgil Hartley, RO and William Gerwin, asst. RO and help by several others. Fall range opened by Charles Hafffner with assistance by several others, with Bill Carver taking over on Friday. It was a mutual effort. Almost seventy pistolmen registered and eleven have now earned the Master Class rating by posting a score of 88% or more in the spring or fall matches. A record record number of matches were fired. In the article it says Haffner fired a 100-2X with the revolver and became the first person to fire a 100 with all three pistols, and is at this time the only person to fire a 100 with a flinter. The 100-4X with the flinter in 1962 in the LTF match is still the record in 2004 for this match. In additions several other records in 1966 still stand at the end of 2002, Caplock 25 yard slowfire - William Carver - 1964 - 100-8X, Flintlock Aggregate - Max Schneider - 1964 - 290-7X, Revolver 25 yard slow fire - William Carver - 1966 - 100-5X, National Pistol Championship - William Carver - 1964 - 954-35X. At this time Carver and Haffner were the only Distinguished Masters, firing 935/1000, or over, three times in National Matches, with Max Schneider becoming one in 1967. It was 1974 before anyone else joined this group. The scores are quite an accomplishment, while their equipment was good, a lot of refinements have occurred in both caplock and flintlock pistols. Probably the only significant change in revolvers is the use of fancy grips that tend to fit like a glove.

 

1966 Writeup in Nov. MB - At the Pistol Range said “11 have now earned Master Class.”

 

1967 Jan. issue has picture of Rand house with trees out front in todays driveway. The rules for Charter Clubs Regional Matches were in this MB. Feb. says it was decided at Sept. 66 meeting that it is allowable to have coaching on all national matches, exception was the "Womens Load Your Own" match.

 

1967 Feb. article on Ky. Corps of Longriflemen. "In 1963 a group of longrifle shooters from another state, challenged Kentucky to a longrifle shoot-out. Kentucky took up this challenge and called all of the flintlock longrifle shooters together and had a shoot out of its own to determine the ten top shooters for the team."

 

"Later the Governor of Kentucky issued a Proclamation establishing an Honorary Corps of Longriflemen. This Corps included all of the longrifle shooters in the state. ..." "... the members took the organization in hand and Incorporated it and elected a board of directors. ..."

 

1967 Pistol Program: Beginning in Spring of 1967 and going until Spring 1973 there was a 1st timers match. The match was for those shooting on the pistol line for the 1st time.

 

 

Aug. 1967 article "Muzzle Loaders Go to England", organized by Herman Marker. "On Monday, May 22, a group of shooters from the NMLRA flew to England to participate in the National Championship Matches of the Muzzle Loaders of Great Britain held in Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Surrey on May 27/28. At the same time a French team from the Tir National de Versailles, Section Poudre Noire came to England to shoot. So, this appears to be probably the first International Muzzle Loading Match in recent times." "There was also a clay bird shoot on Monday the 29th." The weather cooperated and article indicates everyone had a great time. Follow on article in Sept. by Peter Asquith of England.

 

Above article says the Quail Walk was started at the 1967 spring shoot. Fall "The Shaw Quail Walk" article in Aug. says "This will be a separate match each day for the first five days and each match for each day will have 3 winners; 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 3rd. the five first place winners will shoot for the national trophy. The Matches will each be a 10 bird match, just like we held at the spring shoot. This is like hunting quail after you have the covey scattered, and the birds are rough shooting."

 

1967 Pres. msg. Comments on playground equipment purchased with your donations. Think this is first year for todays playground area. Pres. msg. Sept. Improvements at the range; such as the Squaw Cooler, electricity on the 64 acres, playground equipment, a freshly painted clubhouse and the new sheep shed; are physical evidences of our progress in the last two years. Oct. Windage and Elevation said 1006 registrations and 663 camping permits issued at fall shoot. Nov. Pres. msg. "We have purchased 268 acres (64 + 204) and our own office building, built two large rest rooms and extended electricity for camping, built the lamb shed and sheep shed, black toped around commercial row, extended the covered firing line, added a person in the office, improved the magazine ..." Reece is Pres.

 

1967 Capt.Max Schneider (USAF-ret.) became Pistol Range Officer. Some pistol shooters remember that the trees along the rifle pistol line were 1-2" size at that time. The As Issue match was expanded to include 50 yards and is a agg. now. Will also include a LTF at the long shoot.

 

1968 Feb. Pres. Items under consideration: 1. Daily parking fee for each visitors car parked on the grounds, members free. 2) A sun shade on the south side of the covered firing line to shade competitors while loading or cleaning. 3) A new restroom and electricity on the "204" for our member campers. (restroom was ready for Spring Shoot, the electric was ready in the fall) 4) An additional row of booths, facing and south of the last row of covered booths on the north, to help eliminate commercial row in the camping area and draw pedestrian traffic into this area.

 

1968 April Pistol report by Max Schneider says that for the first time we will have "Ladies Pistol Competition" at the spring shoot. Also says we now have a new "100" patch that will be issued to any pistol shooter qualifying for same at Friendship. This new patch will distinguish the Pistol Shooter from those "guys and gals" who have to use both hands to get their scores. Article also said you can classify at clubs who shoot our 600/1000 point agg's and encouraged submission of scores. Pistol Aggregate was Schneider/Carver with 946-27X to 945-22X. Highest 1-2 total to date. Miles Kline, Expert Class Champ at 910-11X.

 

1968 April article on ground breaking for the J.M. Davis Gun Museum. Article said Oklahoma octogenarian James M. Davis left an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 guns having at that time an estimated value of $5-7 million.

 

1968 Oct. Pres. "We did it again - the biggest National ever. With 1042 registered, 768 camps, women shooting scores men would have been happy to have, first timers placing in important matches and records falling like leaves picked off by and autumn breeze. God gave us his blessing with perfect weather. The women of the Lutheran Church rose again to the challenge of feeding hundreds, daily. ....."

 

1969 Pistol committee: Chairman Capt. Max Schneider, Haffner, Carver, Miles Kline. Schneider was also Third Vice President at the time and Max Vickery was President.

 

Third class added, Sharpshooter. New match in Fall program was the 50 yard re-entry. It was established as a Memorial match to Robert Dunbar and the departed pistol shooter Percy Haynes of Columbia, Tenn.

 At this time the "Al Steuer" was a challenging 25 shots at 50 yards in a single relay. Match started in 1964.

 

Presidents article Muzzle Blasts (Vickery) - The ladies of the Lutheran Church of Farmers Retreat after many years of feeding the shooters gave us the lunchstand on east side of club house.

 

1969 Pres. "A new ditching system to drain our camp ground has been installed. Where the frogs sang south of the trap house (part of todays "D" section), you can now camp and drive your car in and out. 2170 feet of field tile has been laid to drain the grounds. Rent for the area more than paid for the ditching. You will notice new improvements on the ground south of the creek. The 25 yard offhand has its own Range officer and house. The 30 minute relays at this range will let all competitors fire their program and the added Range Officer contributes to our safety factor." June Pres. msg. Four Muncie Fireman built the first powder magazine so that dealers would have a safe place to store their powder. The four were Don King, Tony Falls, John Straham, and the Pres. Also that R. C. McCoy and Dale McGee have done a new campground layout and there is a new sump and leach bed to carry off the water from the kitchen. August "This is the latest from "our Red Farris". Red has sold his store - but not to loaf, mind you. Red has a lot of catching up to do. The best news is, he has given us an inkling that he may be able to attend the Fall matches this year. boy Red, that would be something! We are surely counting on it.

Dec. Pres. Msg. says that "I am pleased to report to the membership that the "64 acre" indebtedness has been paid off. This is the land we purchased in 1964 located west of the main range. Aug. Pres Message says our restrooms cost us $4,500 apiece.

 

1969 May MB Carver article on history of pistol shooting. Comment that in July, Schneider announced the addition of a third class, a Sharpshooter Class, starting at the Fall Shoot. Aug. 69 "Attention Pistol Shooters" article says a new 50 yard, any muzzle loading pistol, match has been added to the fall program.

 

1969 June MB: A report on Charter Club matches. It says the matches started in 1966.

 

1969 Nov. scores. In 1938 registration was 164, they figured 678 match targets - re-entry, turkey and main events were perforated. Did not count practice cards. 1969 registration was 1148, they figured 5302 match entries and re-entries on rifle and pistol. Does not include shotgun or primitive.

 

1970 Update entry. May Pres. Msg. The hamburger stand is ours. Miles Catrwright (?? Cartwright) has agreed to take over - but it reads like the Farmers Retreat Lutheran ladies still do the dining room.

 

1970 July Spring shoot had 800 registered shooters. New construction was noticed about the grounds. Our new hamburger stand that cost $2300 grossed out better than $2500. July Pistol report Scores. "To say that our Spring Pistol Program was a success would be a gross understatement! One hundred and five competitors registered for the Pistol Shoot. ..... As always there was plenty to do before the shooting started. The Range extension had been completed, so new shooting benches had to be constructed. The target line had to be completely "rebuilt"." The work was done by volunteers.

 

1970 Aug. issue contains Skeet Rules For the New Skeet Range, and First Skeet Shoot Program, Herman Marker, Range Officer. Mens & Womens Daily matches and Championship matches as well as Flintlock matches. Aug. 1980 MB page 25. 10th year for Skeet Range. 1st winners Richard Strahen (mens singles 20/25) Mary Linkhart (ladies 14/25), Francis Youngman (flint 8/12) Wilford Shaw (over 60 10/12). First doubles was in 1971 and was won by Ed Butts 12/14.

 

1971 Feb. Red's Ramblings by Red Farris. Been silent for several months because of fast growing cataracts in His eyes. Also that He had sold his business in June 1969 and tried to loaf, but after 63 years of constant activity didn't find it much fun.

 

1971 April Pistol item. The pistol range rules and regulations have been brought up to date. You have new loading benches and an extended cover over the range. In March there was a Friendship Fire Department shoot to support the costs of a new fire truck. The shoot netted $753.97 for the fire department. Money for log cabin on the primitive range was appropriated by the Board of Directors at 1971 spring shoot. "Now we have the money, all we need are the people to help build it."

 

Max's presidents message in Sept. 71 on his 3 years. A muzzle loading Quail Walk came into being, the first muzzle loading Skeet Range in the country, and a Primitive range with events that are copied all across the nation. Built the powder magazine

 

1971 Cleo Burnell is Chairman Grounds Comm. Other members are Gene Hyatt, Dean Jackson, Jim Coon. Aug. MB & Presidents Msg. Entrance fee at gate is $1 per member & family member, Visitors $2. Items under consideration. 1)Going to talk to members about moving campers off front row (this is along present road behind rifle & pistol) for more shooter parking, which continues to be a problem. 2) Thirty minute relays to increase number of relays and get more shooters to the line. 3) A two weekend National Fall Shoot. Will help families and shooters that can not get time off during the week, but will increase range expenses considerably. 4) At least one registered shooter per camp. We have camps with no shooters north of the creek. 5) Buffalo sticks off the main line. At this printing I will have or have lost a secondary firing line. When a bench shooter gets locked in on his position he does not like to reset his bench two or three times a day. He does have to take a break to eat. A cross stick shooter can move with less ill effect to his score. The secondary line will have a place for him. The bench shooting is not keeping up with the offhand line, this may help it. Perhaps we need some club benches like we used to have?

 

1971 Nov. MB In the fall shoot the new covered slug gun range at the west end of the property was put into place. It was dedicated as the E. C. Swain Slug Gun Range. This now affords more room for the offhand firing points. Progress. "Another outstanding improvement was the beautification of the office exterior in hanging the original shutters to the windows. Dean Jackson of Morristown was responsible for taking the shutters from there obscured storage place, refurbishing slats that had rotted out and with fellow cohorts painted them in green. The shutters were reinstalled on the Rand house. Other volunteer work was accomplished. "It has only been as recent as 1966 that we registered 727 members and could only house 503 camp sites. And that was noted as progress just five years ago. At our 1971 event, we registered 1458 members - campsites increased and each range felt the increase in their competitions. Out of our fifty states - 37 were represented.."

 

1971 Nov. Edit. "In March of 1971, through the suggestion of Al Hill and the concurrence and action of Max Vickery, the need for more representation in NMLRA was filled. A new facet of the NMLRA, Field Representatives, came to life." This was the start of the field representative program. The initial state of this program was to establish Field Representatives in the western states where there are no directors. Acceptance and approval of this program was overwhelming. The second stage of the program is to establish field reps in the balance of the states, so that every state, regardless of whether they have a director, will have a field representative.

 

1972 The stone water fountain in front of the clubhouse was dedicated in Memory of Claude R. Turner, Life Member #593, 1931-1967. It was dedicated May 1972. In the reproduction of the original 1933 membership list He is listed as #12 on the list and was in first group to join. Membership was 50 cents.

 

1972 Presidents Message: “The Church group which has been handling our meals for years has quit. We are in the process of getting another group or a Catering Service to handle it.”

 

1972 Jan. Pres. msg. says Spring Shoot May 18-21 (4 days) and Fall expanded to 10 days this year for 2 full weekends. (Aug. 26 to Sept. 4th). July Edit. Despite a extremely wet spring we managed through our grounds Chairman, Mr. Bob Tingle and full time Maintenance Engineer, Mr. Cleo Burnell to start our construction projects mentioned in January. Our drain fields are in and we are 100% self contained. We have extended and covered the loading benches on the Trap range. We have new front porch cement floor. Our club house has been painted inside and out, First Aid Dispensary facility expanded and improved. At spring shoot directors meeting it was voted to increase camping rate from its original 50 cents a day to $1.00 a day for each adult member who camps. The water supply is a critical issue.

 

1973 Pres. msg. ".. we will finish up the new camp area by Spring Shoot including electricity and laying it out into individual camp sites. We intend to move the Pistol Range to the area between the old Slug Gun Range and the new one by the Fall Shoot. (Didn't happen, plan was to extend off-hand line). Planning to add a new roof and gutters to the Club House porch and paint commercial row. We will construct a meeting room on the second floor of the club house so we can conduct committee meeting during the shoots. Several sanitary items, important one is to put cement floor in the hamburger stand adjoining the Club House. Another scoring tower will be constructed for the shotgun range. Long range planning committee asked to look into the need for additional office space and make a recommendation. Fall shoot was moved back to August 18-26 to accommodate more shooters and families with school age children. Overall there has been a shortage of black powder in 1972 and problem continues into 1973. Several suppliers got out of the business. June 73 Dupont black powder plant has been bought by company from Ft. Worth, Tx. by the name of Gearhart Owens Industries. Curtis & Harvey, Scotland, is still supplying lot of powder at this time. Couple of other startups mentioned that no longer exist.

 

1973 July - Pistol results. Everyone missed the presence of Max and Dorthy Schneider ... Shirley and Lori were wonderful in the "Shack" handling fees and scoring targets. The committee rallied to the work to be done, especially Duane Rosell and Dick Schaffner whose earlier presence on the range assured that all would be in readiness for the pistoleers. Same magazine, note on how fast the Postal Service was proposing to increase the mail rates for magazines, and that a lot of magazines have already met with "sudden death". Dec. 73/Jan. 74 MB From the Pistol Shack. "Throwing modesty to the wind, we want to crow a little about our newly "remodeled" range. True at first glance, our color coded target frames (red/white/blue) resembled tryouts for the American Flag. But the venture paid off. In eight days of scoring targets (1329), I can recall only two crossfires. Dick Schaffner is given credit for job as Chief Range Officer. Comment that "Max Schneider looking so well and chipper again."

 

1973 Financial problems forced cutting MB back from 80 to 40 pages. Over next year several double issues were done that were in 70 page area. Back to normal by Aug. 1974. Problems were cost to process a single membership was $7.00, and the membership was still at $6.00. Also taxes due the state and getting behind in payments for printing of MB. Owed state $5,500, trying to get reduced to actual amount we owed, less interest - $3,800 (ended up paying $4,200); $12,868 Muzzle Blasts debt. We also owe ourselves $16,000 to Life Membership Fund, $8,000 borrowed for initial payment on "204" and $8,000 to pay off part of the $20,000 we owed to the Muzzle Blasts printer in Feb. of this year. April/May 1974 Pres. msg. Comment on easing of the gasoline situation relieves some of the anxiety concerning attendance at the 1974 matches. Also comment on the skyrocketing costs of utilities, food, paper and sanitary supplies, target printing and trophies, as well as labor costs. Also comment that Muzzle Blasts was going to continue, despite the astronomical rising costs of paper and printing. All publications are suffering the same problems, Muzzle Blasts is no exception. At this time "204" debt has been reduced to $10,375.64. June/July 1974 Pres. msg. Will go back to monthly Muzzle Blasts printing in August. Debt to Franklin Press for printing as of May 1, 1974 is zero, we have paid off the state and by the time this magazine is being read also paid back the $8,000 to Life Membership Fund for "204", and by Aug. 1 the last of $3,500 still owed by MB to Life Membership Fund. Aug. MB says we are in a pretty stable standing, but have to watch closely if inflation continues to spiral and cost of publication exceeds the 10% considered in the budget.

 

1973 Fall targets went to $1.50 per target (Scores spring writeup)

 

1973 Spring shoot there were 117 registered pistol shooters and 863 matches shot. Pistol Committee: Chairman Max Schneider, Charles Haffner, Bill Carver, Miles Kline, Duane Rosell, Richard Schaffner, Bob Reiber. At the fall shoot (Dec. scores) was the first time for the red, white and blue color coded target frames. Was done to cut down cross fires. Many complements received.

 

1973 Scores Dec. 73/Jan. 74 - Col. Walter Walsh shot in the matches. He was former Commandant of the Marine Marksmanship School. He was coach of the Olympics Pistol team in Munich last year.

 

1974 National Champion is Mike Luma and Nov. M.B. says at 26 the youngest champion ever. Marty Murphy is an expert, Logan Brownfield is a Sharpshooter, Aug. 74 Muzzle Blasts. At this time there is no Marksman class yet. June Edit. 1358 registered in spring shoot and 68 tepees in the primitive area. Fall shoot 1853 registered to compete

 

1974 At Fall 1974 membership meeting it was also, as the result of a motion from the floor, to prohibit dogs on the range during the shoots. Dec. Pres. Msg. "It's particularly gratifying to be able to report that the association has recently received a substantial donation from one of our Missouri members. With the approval of the Board of Directors, this gift, a tax deductible donation, will serve as one of the corner stones for a "building fund". The ultimate goal of the fund will be the construction of a new office and clubhouse. This is the second such donation that the association has received in the past few years. It may require a long time to realize this goal, but with the continued support of the membership, the association will ultimately have a new office and clubhouse.

 

1975 Questions and research estimate that the Schuetzen program started in this year. Feb. 91 Shiffer Pres. msg. says Schuetzen program started in the mid 70's? When. July 1981 Schiffer article on 200 yard Schuetzen shooting. Picture is Record target shot in May 1975.

 

1975 Comment in Pistol newsletter. Reiber says finding out not nearly as much free time in retirement as he thought there would be. L. Shoffner and Wm. Grayson were Temp. Masters Pistol Committee added a Registration Fee of $1.00 to defray the cost of targets and practice covers. Further note in Spring 1976 newsletter. Senior Match was started by Pistol Committee

 

1975 Feb. M.B. in Presidents comments. 1975 Feb. Pres. msg. "Many of you are familiar with our Regional Match program that the Association has sponsored for over a decade. ... interest has been declining a great deal ... Due to the uneconomical aspects of the program brought by the lack of interest, the association must forego sponsorship of the Regional Matches, effective with this printing."

 

1975 April MB. To encourage pistol shooting The Nobles, Rosalind and Harrell by offering for each of the Nationals 1975-1984 one of a bloc of ten Thompson Center Patriot Pistols to the winner of the three stage As Issue match. Nov. Pistol Shots - The most noteworthy change in the pistol program was the addition of a fourth class of shooters, the Marksman Class.

 

1975 Aug. MB - Pistol Shots. Jackie Dettloff was the center of attention, for she scored a Ladies First, a "possible" in Match 1. Jackie Deltoff not only Shot first Ladies 25 yard 100 with 3x’s, but a 87-X @ 50 and a total of 187-4X all of which were Ladies Records. Aug. Pres. Our spring Championship held May 14-18 were the largest ever, with over 1500 registrations, over a 1000 occupied campsites, about 110 lodges silhouetting the buck skinners area and an estimated 5000 people on the grounds on Saturday. Restroom facilities were overtaxed. In May Directors meeting the 1976 fiscal year budget was approved. Included were continued improvements in the range facilities and waste water system, hot showers on the 204 side of the range, and another sizeable deposit to our building fund account for a new office building. Many of the improvements will have to be done on an "as funds become available" basis and will require the entire year before being accomplished. Sept Pres. On the range we have installed new waste water disposal systems at two restrooms, repaired another, installed a public address system that can be heard over almost all the range, new tractor-mounted grass mowing equipment, a lighting system for two commercial row buildings as well as lights over the bridge between the ranges and numerous projects considered as maintenance. Oct. Pres. At the August Directors meeting they initiated a shooter oriented match program starting in 1976. This program will be called the "Territorial Matches"

 

Nov. Pistol Shots - The most noteworthy change in the pistol program was the addition of a fourth class of shooters, the Marksman Class in 1976. Fall shoot. Lynn Shoffner & Bill Grayson Temporary Master. Jack Stoner is Expert in Fall 75.

 

Oct. 75 M.B.says we are planning on constructing a new office building. Target was mid 1976.

 

1976 April Pres. Msg. registration fees will be increased from the present $1 to $2.00 for adults and from seventy five cents to $1.00 for juniors. Aug. Pistol Shots At Spring shoot 161 pistol shooters registered, more competitors than for any other spring shoot and less that a score fewer than for the 1975 Nationals. John Kromer fired a 100 at 25 yards in the As Issue match, which is only the second 100 in that match since it was started. Oct. Pres Msg. In July a contract was signed that started construction on a new NMLRA office and headquarters building. It will be 40' X 80". Should be ready for occupancy about Thanksgiving. May Pres. msg. says will hold a open house for new office at spring shoot. Also that there is a new $10 spring and $15 Fall shoot camp fee that can be used for matches. Nov. Pistol Shots One hundred and eighty-two registered pistol shooters -- the greatest gathering ever on the Pistol Range. Nov. Pres. Board of Directors voted to accept the use of Pyrodex, a substitute propellant, in NMLRA approved matches. They also initiated for a trial basis starting in Spring 1977 a camp assessment to help cover costs to run the range. It was initiated to keep basic camping costs low, allow the shooter to use for target purchases, but assure that each camp provided something toward the costs of running the range. The assessment is $10.00 for the Spring Shoot, and $15.00 for the Fall shoot. The point was to have a guaranteed amount of income per campsite. Assessment was driven by the many campers who camped, but do not shoot. Nov. "Sighting In" - This is the start of Lee T. Good's Q&A articles. He was associated with the J. M. Davis Museum in Claremore, Ok.)

 

1976 Seniors Match added to pistol program this year. Note in pistol newsletter that by Fall an additional 8-12 Pistol firing positions would be available. Al Steuer match Classified this year. Marksman Class added. In the Match Program, Pistol part has notice: "Attention All Temporary Experts/Sharpshooters - Will have thru Fall 1976 to be Classified or be reverted to Temporary Master. This program has matches for all four classes. Casual note that there were 13 pistol shooters at the Turkey Shoot, it rained Sat. and was cold and windy both days.

 

Camp shack log cabin at front gate added. Picture in M. B. says Ed Garrott, helped by the Ky. Corp of Longriffles built the cabin in Tennessee and brought it to Friendship and assembled it. (May 76 M.B.)

 

1976 Pistol Committee Chairman - Carver, Schaffner, Chief Range Officer, Marty Murphy, Assistant Range Officer, Mike Luma, Max Schneider, Bob Reiber, Keith Linkhart, Duane Rosell, Charles Haffner.

 

1976 Fall Pistol bulletin - Reiber - New procedure for spring. Going to package targets, stapled together, etc. Shooter will be responsible for posting correct target, stapling their own targets. Bring a stapler. This will eliminate waiting in line to pick up a target prior to start of each relay. Newsletter mentioned getting extra firing positions, backstop on 25 yd. line, and maybe getting a P.A. System, and a rule book revision was to start. 32 Temporary Masters classified

 

Spring 77 Pistol newsletter says block officers become more important and "..necessity this Fall when we add limited-time-fire for each gun" which is still in place. Revolver prior to this was 2 - 5 shot strings in 20 seconds. Revolver records restarted, and some frozen, with change from 25 timed fire to international target. In 1980 program Richard Bauer in 1972, 98-3X was listed as 25 timed fire record holder, 25 Limited fire was Peter Allan with a 100-4X, in 1973.

 

Fall 1977 pistol newsletter says work party added 15 positions at 25 & 50 yards, 4 loading benches and pistol now has 60 firing positions. Replica Revolver match to be added in Spring 78. 50 meter international target, fired at 25 meters. Practice permitted each morning, record firing during afternoon and competitors will be squaded.

 

1977 May Pres. msg. says hold a open house for new office at spring shoot. Also that there is a new $10 spring and $15 Fall shoot camp fee that can be used for matches.

 

1978 Budget for the year shows $419,000 in and $423,000 out. Nov. 1978 Willie Boitnott's "new Armory". Built summer of 1978. Picture of construction.

 

1978 Aug. M.B. says that in the Fall matches you will not only be the shooter, but also will be toting your targets to and from the target boards. Although a new procedure on your national range, like we do everyplace else.

 

Pistol Committee Chairman - Bob Reiber, Schaffner, Chief Range Officer, Marty Assistant R.O., Max Schneider, Charles Haffner, Russ Combs & Bob Wyman

 

Fall program will not have the revolver 20 second timed fire. To be replaced by 13 shot international target. Newsletter says Reiber missed shoot just because He went to Africa for Cape Buffalo in Rhodesia, and got one with his 58 cal Kodiak double rifle. Fall shoot Larry Baird is a Sharpshooter. New Masters were Leo Burdgzeus, Paul Emery, Jack Stoner, Larry Baird, Tom McCown, Jim Fergeson and David Brooks. R. DeBaets was a Temp. Master.

 

Dec. MB. article on tree planting on 204 and area behind present office building. Picture at that time shows a bare hill, almost no trees on it. Project directed by a forester for the Indiana dept. of Natural Resources who was a member. Description of land was ".. fragile. The soils are shallow, the ground is steep. The rock underneath is fractured limestone. Depth of soils on the hills range from nothing to 6 inches with rock outcrops everywhere." Over winter of 78/79 prior to March 79 bulletin says grounds flooded, Marty had 2' of water around trailer and 6" under Reibers trailer.

 

Pistol Committee: In 1978-79 committee was Reiber/Shaffner/Marty - Max Schneider & Charles Haffner. In Fall 79 Max and Charlie gone, Robert Byrd, Ralph Highsmith and Robert Swain on. 1982 Walp/Swain/Baird/Spoon/Steele added. In 1985 Swain/Spoon/Combs off and Beltz/Stoner/Willoughby on.

 

1979 Fall Pistol: A Kentucky style pistol match is added to the match program. You can use Flint or Percussion. It’s 25 yard only.

 

1979 Silhouette Match Evolution: Match programs indicate that Silhouette matches were started in 1979. None were listed in a 1978 match program. Matches were held each evening, except Sunday, immediately following the last relay. Targets were 4 Crows @ 50, 4 Groundhog @ 100, 4 Buffalo @ 150 & 4 Bears @ 200 yards. In Spring 1981 the matches were held daily, starting at 7:30 am. After the first couple of years 4 Turkeys @ 175 yards were added in 1982. Firing is in 4 round stages, 5 minutes per stage, offhand. Exception – Bear target which can be fired in any position without artificial support. In 1984 Fall Shoot program shows the program was expanded for 40 cal. and under. Targets were 4 Chickens @ 40, 4 Pigs @ 60, 4 Turkeys @ 80 & 4 Rams @ 100 yards & final round of 1 at each distance. Fall 1991: Pistol match added to program - same as 40 cal & under. Fall 1993: Rifle (large cal & 40 & under) Now has a Weekly re-entry, Daily re-entry & Medal Weekly Match. Pistol is still a Medal Weekly Match. The re-entry matches are cash payout: 20%/15%/10%. 1996 June Program: Program specifically states that the Medal Matches are weekly , enter one time only, not a reentry match, 1-2-3 place medals. 1996 Fall Program: A Small & Large Rifle Flint Weekly Cash Reentry Match is added.

 

1979 Silhouette Match Evolution Continued: 2000 June Match Program: Smoothbore Silhouette Match added. Any Muzzleloading smoothbore shooting a single patched round ball and having no rear sight above the plane of the barrel. 4 Crows at 40 yards; 4 Groundhog at 60 yards; 4 Buffalo at 80 yards; 4 Turkeys at 100 yards; & 4 Bear at 120 yards. Also added a Junior Silhouette for those who have not reached the age of 16. Weekly reentry. Any rifle or smoothbore, any metallic sights. Adult supervision required. Same course of fire as Smoothbore. Adults may load and coach the shooter. Firearm must be light enough to be safely handled by the shooter. Also a Sub-Junior Silhouette for those who have not reached the age of 12. Same as junior, except competitor may shoot from any safe position except bench. Cross sticks available from range. Both are Weekly Medal Reentry Matches. 2002 Fall Shoot Program: A “Women’s Rifle Medal Match” & Women’s Rifle Daily Medal Reentry Match” were added to the Large Rifle Silhouette part of the program. 2003 Fall Shoot Program: The two women’s matches have been moved to the 40 Caliber (Or Under) match program.

 

1979 Fall. R. Lewis, C. Willoughby, & David Swain were Temporary Masters and Ralph Hightower on Pistol Committee. Bulletin mentions that newly organized Territorial matches to start next year and finals at Fall 80 shoot.

 

1979 Board of Directors approved the start of a Associate Life Membership @ $100 per person. Friendship State bank was robbed Friday October 12th of $6,617. Bank personnel quickly armed them selves and gave chase. With the assistance of an off-duty State Trooper the robber was cornered in front of the NMLRA main gate, and in custody and the loot recovered in less than five minutes.

 

1980 Pistol Committee Chairman - Bob Reiber, Marty Murphy, Chief Range Officer, Ralph Hightower, Assistant R.O., Russ Combs, Robert Byrd & Robert Swain

 

1980 Jan. Doc. Baker, VP - Start of the Territorial Matches sponsored by Conwood Coorporation, "Levi Garrett". 1st place to be sterling silver medal, next 4 places bronze. There are planed to be 25 across the nation. The Conwood Corp. "They trace their company back to a Revolutionary War veteran named Levi Garrett. He started his business in 1782 and it has prospered to this day." In the Territorials in 1980 - 900 registered, 100 eligible's Registered at Fall Shoot, and in 1981 - 1200 registered for the shoots. In 1982, 23 of the 26 proposed territorial matches were scheduled.

 

1981 March Presidents Effective Jan. 1, 1981 the new position of Business Manager was filled by Rosie (Smith) Magner. April 81 set of silhouette rules. July listed Pistol committee. Bob Reiber, Chair, Marty Murphy Chief R.O., Ralph Highsmith, Russ Combs, Byrd, Swain, Larry Baird, Jim Spoon and Brent Steele.

  

1981 June Presidents message says we have paid off the 204 acres and that we purchased the additional 16.57 acres between the slug gun range and Friendship. Plan to continue "204" type shoot for association. Pistol newsletter says May/June timeframe the present Pistol Shack was put into place. Fall shoot results show picture of "new pistol shack", with Porch on it. Spring 81 M. Yazel, T. Graves, D. Kantner, B. Bailey & C. Blender were T/M's. In Fall 81 Howard Young is a T/M.

 

1981 From June article "The 200 Yards Schuetzen Match" The 200 Yards Match was put in our program because there was no match in our program for the fine offhand rifles made by Whitmore, Brockway, Perry, Lewis, Schalk, Farris and others. Those rifles, taking an elongated bullet, represent the highest development of muzzleloading technology in this country. Some feel that their accuracy was never surpassed, or even equaled, by breech loaders using black powder. Match started in May 1975.

 

1982 Notes off Pistol Bulletin. The rules for the Replica rev. were to be put in place for 1983 that are essentially the ones in use in 1999. The awards were reduced to one place for the Kentucky Pistol match because, except for master class, not enough were shooting it to pay for the medals. Concern over possibly canceling the match if not supported. During this period the Ladies Championship has been the ag. of matches 1 & 2. Going thru Spring and Fall match programs the August program for the first time is full of advertising to help with funding. Off/on for couple of years before it became normal.

 

1983 Prior to 1983 the As-Issue match was the only match specifically for original or replica Traditional Style muzzle loading firearms. It was not restricted to revolvers, any original or replica of a traditional firearm could be used, including both revolvers and Kentucky style muzzle loading (percussion or flint). Starting in Spring 1983 the match was restricted to As Issue Revolvers. These matches evolved into the Traditional Ag. we have in 2003. . Starting with the spring shoot the 25 yard Kentucky match was classified. These matches evolved into the Traditional Ag. we have in 2003. In 1983 the Ladies Championship match became a separate match. Prior to this it had be the result of Match 1 & 2 in the Spring and 1 & 3 in the Fall.

 

1983 May 83 Max's report on very successful Fire Truck Shoot. The shoot with match's, raffles, donations, etc. grossed over $13,000. Match program said "New Program - Air Rifle Matches will be held in the barn - Listen for announcements. Not in future programs. The Fall Match Program 50th anniversary shoot, has inside front cover a full set of pictures of all past presidents, including Oscar Seth, Cline, Boss Johnston, Carrico, and VanWay. Nov. Pres. msg. The NMLRA and NRA have jointly agreed to develop and implement a comprehensive muzzle loading safety training program.

 

1983 Primitive Gate house was built in the summer by the Wahpanipe Muzzleloaders, Alan Coon, Mark Coon & David Raham, and put to use providing shade for the long time Gate Keepers Carrie Stegemiller and Leretta Ostrom. The Wahpanipe Muzzleloaders provided the short term financing for the building and the ninety-three man hours to build it.

 

1983 Schuetzen KOENIG (King) Match: The match started this year. Qualifiers are top 15 finishers in Schuetzen Ag. DD. It’s a 1 shot, no sighters @ 200 yards. Target is provided by previous years KOENIG (King). Winners are in the shoot program National Rifle Record Scores.

 

1984 Jan. MB The association was host to 545 Boy Scouts who were attending the Hoosier Trails Council Camporee. The Camporee theme was Firearm Safety & Hunter Education. Many NMLRA members were recruited to act as coaches and range officers. Prior to attending each boy had completed the Indiana Hunter Education course taught by certified instructors. Ray DeBates was organizer of the camporee.

 

1984 Contract was awarded for installation of a water line to the drinking fountain at the Primitive Cabin. Feb. Pres. message, report on Nov. Excom meeting . This is the period when a lot of discussion and rule changes were made to clarify rifle match rules and what Traditional Offhand Hunting, Traditional Offhand Target and unlimited rifles rules were. Same report also "Executive Director. The need for an Executive Director was reaffirmed, so far as it is budgetarily feasible. No decision was made, except to consider the job description being prepared by Owen Collins at the next Executive Committee meeting." April report said discussed, but funds are not yet available to implement the program. Feb. 86 still talking about, but we can't afford one at our present membership numbers. "Shotgun Range. Sufficient funds were allocated for the purchase of two new traps for the trap range and two new traps for the skeet range." Also report on meeting with Aberdeen Pate Water company. This is period of water shortage at the range. At this time proposal was to enlarge tank at Farmers Retreat and run a new, larger line from there to Friendship. April Pres. msg. said they are looking into a Log House for Gunmakers Exhibit.

 

1984 David Schuster, Carl Cooper, Buck Buchanan, Jay Champe, and Bob Kreimer are Temp. Masters. Joe Boggis in spring 1985.

 

1983 Powder Magazine: Fall program range map shows the Powder magazine behind the office, but both the 1984 programs show it in Primitive east of the bath house, and not behind office until 1985 Match Programs.

 

1984 MB Sept.: William A. Carver, in particular and muzzle loading hand gunning, in general, were honored in the Outstanding American Hand gunner Awards given in Milwaukee on May 26. William A. Carver, in particular and muzzle loading hand gunning, in general, were honored in the Outstanding American Hand gunner Awards given in Milwaukee on May 26.

 

Bill Carver, 14 times National Muzzle Loading Pistol Champion was presented a Ruger Single Action Revolver for being one of the 10 outstanding hand gunners in America. The award was certainly justly deserved, and gave notice to the growing popularity of muzzle loading hand gunners. Perhaps Bill will follow up and win the award as outstanding hand gunner in the future.

 

1984 Dec. Pres. msg. "The logs for our newly constructed Contemporary Rifle Makers log cabin are original, coming from a barn in southwestern Indiana. The barn was in use for many years, and was finely constructed for its day. Measuring 52' in length by 20' in width, the imposing structure was 18' high. Six of the logs were 52' in length! From that barn, the best logs were selected for a cabin." The logs were owned by a dentist from Paoli, In. who recognized our need and agreed to part with his best logs. The Dec. MB also has article by John Bivins saying the cabin will be in use for the Spring 1985 Shoot. "The inside dimensions of the new Hall are approximately fifteen by nineteen feet, just the right size to ...." Not in the budget were hardware and furnishings. "Two window sash from a 1760 frame house on the Eastern shore of Virginia have been donated, and their heavily molded mullions lend an elegant air. Also donated was a large circa 1800 batten door from Piedmont N. C., a second door on the north side was constructed ... " Still a lot of work and donations needed to get the cabin shaped up. Reference says to some extent the Hall opened in the Fall of 1983. Need to re-look at Dec. 1984 issue for both Hall article and Pres. msg.

 

1984 Dec. MB – Gunmakers Hall: Article by John Bivins - A Permanent Home for Gunmaker’s Hall. In The Dec. 1983 issue we reported on the opening of Gunmaker’s Hall at last years Fall Shoot. The Dec. 1983 MB article confirms that Gunmaker’s Hall was opened during the 1983 Fall shoot.

 

1985 Jan. Pres. msg. The 100,000 gallon water tower in Farmers Retreat was completed and should be on-line soon. In safety report. This was the year at Aug. shoot that a cross stick shooter shot off some fingers. Loaded, put gun down, capped and then noticed false muzzle still on. Reached up with left hand to pull off and gun went off. This is reason for rule to tie false muzzles to the loading bench or loading box. 1983 Fall program range map shows the Powder magazine behind the office, but both 1984 programs show it in Primitive east of the bath house, and not behind office until 1985 Match programs. First time listing for a Chunk Gun Match #93. It was reentry - Best Score at close of competition to win.

 

1885 Chunk Gun: First time listing for a Chunk Gun Match #93. It was reentry - Best Score at close of competition to win.

 

1986 Jan. Pres. msg. says still not enough money to follow through to get a Executive Administrator position. Feb. Pres. msg. says that the shoot dates are changing from May/Aug. to June/Sept. Same msg. "It was directed by B of D to immediately tear off the porch roof of the clubhouse to prevent additional weather related damage." Also to have a termite expert look and give estimate on stopping the infestation. Rendezvous had a good year, still problems. Territorials doing OK, but need some adjustments. April it says Allen Coon to lead effort to repair the clubhouse and save it. A two weekend work party was setup for April. Very successful work effort and it saved the building and saved up $10,000. Pres. msg. May We are working with the National Outdoor Sports Advertising. We got 980 new members via this process at cost of $36,650, about breaking even. Also that in the foreseeable future Muzzle Blasts will be 72 pages, and a brown paper cover will be continued, and 2 interior pages will be printed on them, to free up valuable inside space. In Nov. 80 Collins Pres, msg. says that Charter Club insurance now available. Tinny's pres. msg Sept. 86 says the carrier writing Charter Club coverage declined to renew even though the claims have not been a problem.

 

1986 Fall 85 Pistol newsletter said 3 work sessions scheduled for Spring 86. Work mentioned was for bench supports, rebuilding entire 25 & 50 yard lines, walk through’s and installation of forward rain cover. In addition 120 feet of firing line pad was put down.

 

1987 Pistol Newsletter says the firing line cement pad has been completed. Total is 212' long, 5' wide and took total of 14 yards of concrete. Included 72 positions. Date in concrete is 6 June 87. Nov. Pres. msg says Herman Marker stepped down after 18 years as Chairman and Range Officer on the Skeet range and Bill Carmichael to take over.

 

1987 Traditional Ag. started with Kentucky & As Issue Pistols. Ky. has 50 yd. added. It is a 400 point ag. in short shoot & 500 point ag. in long shoot.

 

1987 The June shoot will be dedicated to Maxine Moss and she will be awarded "NMLRA Distinguished Service Award" for her 26 ½ years of service to the organization. She became Editor in March 1964, but would not list her name for 6 months until She felt comfortable with doing the job. Merrill Deer made it official as of Jan. 1965. In Dec. 1987 the Pres. msg. contains Maxine's letter saying she is going to retire effective Dec. 31, 1987. The awards committee finished the assembling and framing of 13 past presidents pictures.

 

1988 Pres. msg. Review of past two years. Upgraded membership services and did a membership survey, followed by the first time ever Charter Club survey. Finished the first phase of the Muzzleloading Hunter Training Program. It has been approved by the North American Assn' of Hunter Safety Coordinators and several states are using it. Introduced a quarterly Field Rep newsletter. Started the process for the Longhunter Society. The Big Game Records Program under Past President Owen Collins and Staff member Amy Davis, this program is nearing its formal start. This has been a big effort to get started. Working to get the Territorial Matches from annual losses to break even status. A lot of effort was spent on the steel shot issue, which was implemented on Sept. 1, 1988 because 34 of 48 states have already adopted the proposed date, and the results of testing by a laboratory that said certain modern muzzleloading shotguns should be capable of handling the heavy loads required.

 

Sept. Pres. msg. June shoot was hot and unusually dry. A wide spread, severe drought occurred in Southern Indiana and Ohio. A "Service Award" plaque was awarded to Master Trooper Lyman Conley who was planning on retiring and moving to Colorado. 1988 Spring Match Program - Due to rising costs of postage and handling fee's, we will no longer mail the awards any more.

 

1988 Schiffer Pres. msg. in April 92 said the Longhunter Society was started 4 years ago.

 

1989 Jan. Short Shots. The NMLRA range hosted a Boy Scout Shooting Seminar on Oct. 1-2, 1988. We had a total of 824 guests in camp, 456 of the Scouts, 69 Cubs and Weblos, 298 BSA Leaders and the rest adults helping an any way they were needed. With one adult assigned to two boys on the firing line, we had each scout shoot 50 or more rounds of .22's from the sitting and off hand positions. Marty Murphy was Chief Range Officer and provided instruction to adult coaches and a lecture to the boys on range procedures. The nine relays of boys ran smoothly from one area to another. Gun safety and hunting films ran continuously, the D.N. R. of Indiana had a booth and the two conservation officers present passed out literature and answered questions. Fifty muzzleloading members were present. The progressive smoothness of those two days is the direct result of Ray DeBaets dedication and the program he designed.

 

1989 – From 1997 Shoot Program & Oct. 89 Pres. Message: The first Dixie Gun Works, Inc. Midwest Black Powder Cartridge Championships were held on the Walter Cline Range May 13-14, 1989.The matches were approved by the Board of Directors and formally approved at the June 17, 1989 annual membership meeting. The match was for single shot rifles in any original black powder cartridge using lead bullets; no affixed “gas checks”. In the early matches a 10% duplex load limit was allowed; and there were metallic and any sight matches. The match was shot in May, and became know as the Mothers day shoot, for many years. In 1996, due to the late April range flood that damaged the range roads, and more rain after that, the match was moved to Oct. The match lasted at least thru 1999, Howard has shoot program dated 1999, & thinks that the Miami-Long Range Black Powder club took over sponsorship, and began running a number of matches in 2000. At one of the early Miami shoots a discussion was held with the shooters, and in the end it was decided that the matches would be shot Black powder only, no duplex loads. Currently between NMLRA sponsored matches and Miami Club, monthly matches are scheduled from March to Nov., with matches in June and Sept. sometimes based on how the calender works out. All matches were shot at Friendship.

 

1989 Oct. Pres. msg. The annual General Membership Meeting of th4e NMLRA was held on June 17, 1989, and the following past actions of the Board of Directors were approved: That the Mid West Regulators to hold black powder cartridge match on the range. (Successfullly completed weekend of May 13-14, 1989) and continued for 10 years, moving to Oct. in 1996. From the Midwest Regulators Inc., a black powder activities group’s shoot program for the Oct. 9, 10,11 & 12, 1997 match program. “The 9th annual Dixie Gun Works, Inc. Midwest Black Powder Cartridge Championships.

 

It has also been approved, due to overcrowding in the main office, that the Muzzle Blasts staff will move into the Rand House. At the Fall membership meeting is it was also approved to extend the Fall Shoot to 9 days, same as Spring, but rejected moving the National Championship to Sept.

 

1989 Pres. msg. " The Longhunter Society is starting to catch hold with upwards of 400 members. Trophy heads are being submitted for scoring. Amy Davies and Owen Collins are working with other office personnel on the Society's computer needs. Thompson/Center recently sent $10,000 to support the society." " The Museum & Awards Committee is doing a great job under Donna Gatlin's guidance. We approved a temporary, start-up Museum location in the rear portion of the white brick Farmhouse to be open during the June shoot. This has been a long time coming. ..."

 

1990 March Pres. msg. Article and pictures. The Gunmakers hall now has a back porch and a fenced in back yard was also added. Says we will try to get the power pole moved before June Shoot.

 

1990 Spring Pistol: A Kentucky Flint agg. Is added to the program. It is not part of the Traditional Agg. The Flint is not added to the Traditional Agg. until Spring 1992 and it is now a 700 & 600 point agg. The match was renamed the Bill Carver Traditional Agg. in honor of many time champion Bill Carver.

 

1990 June Pres. Msg. Donna Gatlin has been chairman of the Museum & Awards Committee for 5 years.

 

1990 Sept. Pres. Purchase of 75+ acres (this would be sporting clays area), to add to our 417 acres, at a cost of $53,000 was approved, also extension of Willie Boitnotts shop - think this is the blacksmith part on south end. We are processing the change in our status as a non profit organization from a 501 c 7 to a 501 c 3. This change would allow tax deductible donations to the association. The IRS approved this change in April 1991. This was also the first year that both national matches ran for 9 days.

 

1991 Jan. Pres. The board of directors on a 24-3 vote decided to not purchase a 130 acre tract north-east of our present line. The building of a new trap house and purchase of a new trap was also approved. June msg. says the first Winter National will be held in Phoenix Feb. 26 - March 1, 1992. First match program was published in Nov. 1991 MB. After 17 years Bill Kissell retired Aug. 30 and Kyle Frank started on Aug. 12. Membership went from $25 to $30 on Oct. 1, 1991. We had a postage shortfall of $29,500 last year due to postage increase of $16,500 plus costs to mail the magazine. The budget also included hiring a Executive Director in April 1992. Budgeted at $96,000 ($45-60K pay, rest travel, phone, etc.). Annual budget has exceeded $1,000,000 for past 3 years. Nov. Back Page article. A concrete barrier between Rifle and Bench was put up by a volunteer crew of a dozen during the week of Aug. 12-16.

 

Aug. N-SSA: An Update "The cooperative effort between our Association and the N-SSA continues. In 1989, there was on Civil War Skirmish held on our range under the auspices of the Range Utilization Program. Over 80 participated in the individual matches; in 1990, three skirmishes were held, and this summer, the 19th Indiana volunteer Infantry held its annual event June 29-30, and the Union Guards will host their Friendship Skirmish over Labor Day Weekend."

 

1992 Jan Pres. We had 3% more registered shooters Sept. 91 than in 1990. May/July inside back cover 10 color pictures of Phoenix, and there were 376 registered, 88 commercial row, signed up 30 new members. About 70 who attend Friendship were there. Also 13 directors and EXCOM held. An early 1992 Pres msg. says starting the rule of no blowing down the barrel anymore. June Water Problems. 1st Longhunter Record book will be published this October. Aug. Pres. msg. Sept. Pres says we are supposed to get water pipe from Elrod system to connect to Aberdeen Pate. Schiffer introduces Jon C. Uithol as EVP. He was approved at the June Board of Directors meeting.

 

1992 Pres. msg. Listing of NMLRA programs. National Rendezvous (9), Levi Garrett Territorial Matches (26), Carter Clubs (over 350), Field Representatives (150), Winter National, Spring & Fall Shoots, Longhunter Society and Big Game Muzzle Loading Record book, Northern Kentucky University Gunmakers School, Journal of Arms making Technology, Hunter Education Program (adopted in all 50 states, Canadian Provinces & Mexico), Range Officer Training Program, National Turkey and Blanket shoot, Muzzle Blasts Magazine and the Museum.

 

1993 Fall Shoot: A long range Muzzleloading Rifle Match 308 (Re-Entry) is added. It is a Weekly re-entry match. Cash payback 20%/15%/10%. Traditional Military or Sporting/Target Rifle having traditional metallic sights. Max. Wt. Ten pounds, minimum trigger three pounds, taking ball or bullet, with or without patch. Course of fire: 3 shots at Chicken (200 meters): 3 shots at Pig (300 meters); 2 shots at Turkey (385 meters); 2 shots at Rams (500 meters) in 45 minute Relay. Rifle to be supported by body members alone. Sling permitted.

 

Also added is Match 309. (Re-Entry) Same as Match 308 except: Any safe muzzleloading rifle including Sharps Percussion (as long as it is loaded from the muzzle). No weight limit. The Pigs & Chickens to be fired Offhand; the rest from any safe rest except no benches allowed (cross sticks or chunks allowed). Set Triggers allowed.           1995 Fall Program: In Match 308 & 309 this added: “All loading is to be done by the registered shooter”. In addition Match 310 is added: Re-entry. “This match is to be the same as 308 & 309 except: 3 shots at each animal (total 12 shots) within two consecutive relays. Loading may be done by any registered shooter.” 2000 Fall Shoot Program: A Mini Creedmore Match is added. Same rifle as Long Range Silhouette Match. 15 shots at Credmore target at 500 yards in a single 45 minute relay. No Sighters. Hit on bullseye counts four points; rest of target counts three points. Rifle must have a current traditional rifle shoot inspection sticker from range stand (see Match 308 for definition). Also added was a Mini Creedmore Weekly Medal Reentry Match – Same as previous except: any muzzleloading rifle (no inspection necessary); any metallic sight.

 

1993 Fall Shoot: Long range Muzzleloading Rifle - Continued: 2003 Fall Shoot Program: Aggregate OO Long Range Silhouette Championship added. Shooting Jackets may be used for all Long Range Matches. It consists of:

            Match 317 Mini Creedmoor Match. Same as Match 315 except match is not reentry.

            Match 318 Same rules and equipment as matches 308 & 315 except match is not reentry, see Long Range Silhouette for rules.300 meters, 45 minute relay, targets to be mounted between Long Range Silhouette pigs, to be shot from bays 15-18, 300 meter target, 13 shots, 10 best to count for score.

            Match 319 Long Range Silhouette. Same as Match 308 except match is not reentry, see Long Range Silhouette for rules. Each hit is the value shown on the score sheet.

 

            2004 Spring Shoot Program: Inline Silhouette Match added. Weekly cash reentry. Limited to “commercially available” (production) firearms, 5 shots each yardage. 50 yard, offhand - 4" disk; 100 yards, offhand - 6" disk; 150 yards, any position - 8" disk; & 200 yards, any position - 12" disk.

 

1992 May Pres says that we received a $83,000 inheritance from the estate of August Patrick, life member #19. In this time frame lot of water problems on the range and stop and starts by the water company for next couple of years. Jon Uithol started July 1, 1992 as Executive Vice President. Dec. msg says new bench line range house is in place, paid for mostly by donations and benefit matches.

 

1992 Bob Reiber Unlimited match started on Pistol. 50 & 100 yd. match, two hands allowed, optics, basically anything allowed except bench resting the pistol.

 

1993 Dianna Smith started working in the Pistol Shack.

 

1993 Sept. MB The first annual Sgt. Alvin C. York Memorial Shoot was held in March. There were 85 registered shooters from 14 different states, with six to seven hundred spectators during the one day shooting event There were trophy plaques for the best "X" of each individual match provided by the State of Tennessee, and a number of hand made prizes, in addition to the 440 pounds of freshly butchered beef. Best total string of 8 shots was shot by Bill Burtt, 5.052". Andrew Jackson York, son of Alvin and a nephew Cletus York were very helpful in getting the match going, and the article has a picture of Andy York.

 

1993 Dec. 92 EXCOM Report. The rules for the Turkey shoot were changed from (5) firsts - then proud and out to (3) firsts and proud and out. The 3rd draft on National voting for Directors was approved and will goto members in June for approval. This is the year that it is estimated that the 2nd floor of the clubhouse was renovated and the scoring operations were moved from the back of the clubhouse. In April it was reported that the total cost to put Muzzle Blasts in the hands of members is $45,000 per month. Printing is $22K and mailing $5K. June Pres. says Rifle classification will begin at the June 1994 shoot. At the June 18 General Membership Meeting after lengthy discussion the National Voting Proposal for the election of members of the Board of Directors was voted in with a significant majority. Dec. EVP msg. says Life Fund fully funded and is carried as a liability, because we owe the life members magazines in the future.

 

1994 Jan. Pres. msg. The ballots for the 1st time National balloting for election to the Board of Directors are in this issue, with pictures and bio's. The initial address label program had put $40,000 in the NMLRA bank. They are looking into insurance for charter clubs. March Pres. We were offered, & purchased, the Wilford Shaw house and 1.5 acres that goes with it. Mrs. Shaw will continue to live there. Water line construction is in progress to put a larger line in and help with the water shortage problems of the past few years. Also that we have received a very generous anonymous donation of a brand new sporting clays tower from one of our members. Plans are to have a sporting clays event in June 1994.

 

The first annual May work party was held and Aug. msg. lists 34 things that were accomplished and thanked everyone. A lot of painting, cleanup and general fix it work was accomplished. Aug. 94 Pres. laid out list of financial problems caused by inflation that the association has not been able to keep up with, and range problems with septic systems. The board of directors made number of changes in shoot prices to catch up. Shoot registration was raised from $3.00 to $5.00 (first raise since 1980). Camp assessment from $15 to $20; practice targets from 50 cents to $1.00 and targets from $2.00 to $3.00.

 

1994 Spring Shoot Pistol started Seniors Optical match for those over 65. Any type of optics were allowed. Over the next few years the match was opened up to two hand holds, and in 1999 the age for the match was lowered to 55. The object of the match is to keep older shooters shooting.

 

1994 Eagle Match was started to promote Schuetzen shooting. Schuetzen or Jaeger rifles Russ Combs first winner in 1994, 95 - Dana Forsland, 96 - Jack Stoner, 97 - Curtis Boitnott, 98 - Jack Stoner, 99 - Carl HenizWich (visiting from Germany), 2000 - Merle Crane won, Lowell Crane 2nd, 2001 - Merle Crane won, Rusty Kottell 2nd. 2002 - Rusty Cottrel; 2003 - Robin Snodgrass; 2004 - Lowell Crane; 2005 - Merle Crane. Additional articles in Aug. 2000 & 2001 MB. Sept. MB Vickery article on May work party says, "A very pretty split rail fence now graces our front gates." Also article on rifle classification program that was used in June. Dec. Pres. msg. The co sponsorship by Conwood Corporation has been dropped. From now on the territorials will be called "The NMLRA National Territorials". New chairman of the program is Tip Curtis. Dec. Vickery article says the Sporting Clays tower is off and running. It was donated by a member of the NMLRA. The first Chairman was Andy Baker and Don Newman was Range Officer. Sept. article on "Whats Classification" on rifle, which started at the June National Shoot. Actual classification on rifle starts in 1995.

 

1995 Jan. article on Rifle Classification. The Classification of matches starts in 1995.

 March Pres. Msg. Leaving trailers on grounds year around . The fee is being increased from $48 to $60 a year. Starting in June the match program will include a copy of the rules. On large print order on cheap paper it costs $0.12 per copy. The Longhunter Journal won 1st prize in Cat. 3 (hobby publications) for 1994 by Association Trends Publications.

 

1995 June Pres Msg: Says that at the B of D meeting at Phoenix the primitive range was renamed the “Curly Gostomski Primitive Range”.

 

1995 March Pres. Msg. Started Golden Guardian membership in order to establish a permanent fund for the preservation of our heritage. June Pres. msg. says that at the B of D meeting at Phoenix the primitive range was renamed the "Curly Gostomski Primitive Range" July MB article on the North American Shooters Conference which was held for the first time. Most National shooting organizations attended. Aug. MB. May work party. Built new front gate house, fenced around the dumpster. Pistol put the metal stairs up and a lot of other painting and fix up accomplished. First Family Fun Shoot was held August 12-13, 1995, 104 registered. Writeup in Nov. MB. Oct. MB The first inductee's into the Black Powder Hall of Fame. Bill Carver, Pa Keeler, E. M. "Red" Farris and Roland Harper. Dec. EVP msg. says Golden Guardian was approved at fall meeting, $130.00 a year, $112.00 associate. $100 goes to the Heritage Fund of the NMLRA and is tax-deductible. This designated fund can only be used for the purpose of enhancing, preserving, protecting, or promoting our muzzleloading heritage. The first goal of the Heritage Fund will be to convert the entire Rand House into a proper showcase for what the NMLRA stands for.

 

1996 June Spring shoot flooded out on 1st Sat. Very wet May/June and at least 3-5 inches of rain Sat. Water 3-4' deep down middle of campground. Many people stayed and by Wednesday an alternate shoot was started for those that were still here. No rain after the 1st weekend and by the end of the shoot things were pretty well dried out. Those who stayed had a enjoyable finish to what started out very bad. Primitive was pretty much normal as for them it was just a very wet start, which often happens at Rendezvous. Lot of shooting at Quail Walk and Skeet ranges as they couldn't get out for couple of days.

The Pistol Program started a Junior Ag. consisting of 2 ten shoot 25 yard matches, and if the Junior scored 150 or higher they were qualified as Marksman. This gave the junior shooters a chance to shoot the program as Marksman, and still shoot the juniors program as long as they met the age requirements.

 

Dec. Pres. msg. The concept of Postal Matches was approved by the Board of Directors. A committee was established to set up the rules for the matches. In Feb. 97 article the NMLRA National Postal Matches program were published with the rules and starting dates. March 31 to May 31.

 

1997 Pres. msg. The eleven years prior to the move of the National Championships to June, the average participation was 2034 competitors. For the years 1986 through 1997, not counting the 96 flood, the average count is 1740 and dropping. This Years number of 1653 is the lowest since 1975, when we begin keeping records. Oct. Start of putting Longhunter in M.B. B of D voted to increase page count to allow in June meeting.

 

1997 At May work party lot of painting done, added storage box to range officer tower and put the metal steps in place to get up in the tower, that we had recovered. The covered chunk gun line was dedicated in 1997 and plaque says "AW Coon Chunk Gun".

 

1998 At the May work party the 50 yard and 100 yard target frames were rebuilt after having been taken down after Fall 97 shoot for grading work at the base of the hill to help drainage. The ditch and drain tile went through the 50 yard line on pistol and then along base of hill out to the rifle 100 yard line. The wood buffer between the pistol and shotgun had also been taken down and was also rebuilt. In August a work party did some straightening of the wall and added some additional bracing. It was very dry, and the posts did not set well in place, and a big wind came thru and toppled the wall just before labor day. Tony Salisbury, Jim & Erma Kreimer and Sam Engleston restored and reinforced the wall over a weekend of hard work.

 

1998 The new Primitive Log Cabin was to be dedicated and a open house held at the June shoot. April 94 MB Said Fund Raising and donations will be accepted commencing with the 1994 June shoot for a new Primitive Log Cabin.

 

1998 MB Silhouette: In Aug. The first NMLRA sponsored Black Powder Cartridge Silhouette (BPCS) match was held. “The event was the first time black powder cartridge guns had been officially accepted on the NMLRA’s Walter M Cline Range since the mid-60's. At that time, the association , anticipating the enactment of the Federal Gun Control act of 1968, banned center - & rimfire arms - including black powder cartridge - on its holdings in Friendship, IN, during muzzleloading matches. The match included 40 shot agg.on Silhouette’s, and Quigley’s Bucket, Big Buffalo and Military Silhouette. In addition there were paper offhand/bench matches for rifles at 100 & 200 yards, Lever Action rifles and Single Action Pistols.

 

Dec. 1998 MB: The first NMLRA Manufactures Match was held during the Sept. Fall Shoot. The concept for the match was born during the Jan. 1998 SHOT Show. During the course of the show, then NMLRA President Marty Murphy, and EVP John Miller conferred with firearms manufactures and asked it they would be interested in such a match.

 

Nov. MB The Family Fun Shoot, run by Scott Mings, became a fixed price per family shoot, $25.00. 49 matches were sponsored, rifle for drawing donated by Mowery Gun Works, Elephant Black Powder donated 325 pounds of powder and Goex 25 pounds. Several others donated prizes also. 133 registered for the shoot. Dec. Progress on setting up the NMLRA Living History Foundation to manage the Primitive program was published. Also that in Aug. the first NMLRA Blackpowder Cartridge shoot was held in Aug.

 

1998      Fall Ron Benge 559-13X, Mike Luma 554-16X, Lynn Shoffner 553-14X

 

1998/99 On going work from early 1998, and at least into June 99, on sewer system for Friendship, grounds and flea market. Went on forever and was a mess. Some places in Friendship and on NMLRA grounds were dug up 3-4 times before things passed inspections.

 

1999 May Work Party. The cover on silhouette line had some advanced work done on it, and during May work party the majority was put up. Some parts finished over the summer. Also at the May work party the roof on the pistol shack porch was replaced, and new shingles put on. As usual some target frame boards replaced and painting done. Ramp for wheelchair access added to Gunmakers log cabin (concrete access ramp added Nov., 2000. Shotgun rebuilt the east side loading benches, rewired electric and upgraded lighting.

 

1999 Jan. Pres. msg. The By Laws for the NMLRA Living History Foundation, Inc. were published after being approved by the Board of Directors in the Dec. 1998 meeting. The foundation removes the responsibility for the rendezvous from the NMLRA and puts it in this chartered organization. Tim Hamblen started a internet message board about the Jan./Feb. time frame. The message board lasted until the 2005 timeframe and was enjoyed by the user. He said it was a pain to maintain. June Pres. msg. The B of D has passed a 1 time temporary NMLRA membership for $10.00, which is good for a specific event. Can be applied to a membership for 30 days. Also that the covered firing line poles would be sold for $50.00. A brass nameplate would be mounted on the poles members purchased. A new Woods Walk was also approved and completed by volunteers from Primitive. Article on the match by Max Vickery in Oct. MB. At the Fall Shoot on Sept. 14 a Ricky Skaggs concert was held.

 

1999 Sept. MB: Article on the Woodswalk Match. Held for the first time in the Spring shoot. “The Woodswalk, over a 300 yard long course of fire, is an easy trip through trees, over a few small ridges, and up out of shallow gullies. The only thing ‘easy’ is the walking, for the targets from thirty feet to 130 yards are a tough, challenging, demanding course of fire on targets hidden in shadows and along the edge of trees.” Course is composed of “.. Twenty stations to shoot from; your foot must be touching the post, and the position is offhand.”

 

Also in 1999 the National Championship shoot will occur in the Fall shoot. The Sub-juniors, Juniors and Intermediate National Championship's will remain in the June shoot. Along with this the Territorial matches were reconfigured to put the Championships in the short Spring shoot in 2000. No Championship in 1999.

 

At Fall directors meeting it was decided to start a Charter Club Committee to help foster & establish communications with charter clubs. First chairman was Tim Hamblen, Seymore, In. By laws were revised over the last year and were approved at Fall Directors Meeting.

 

2000 Skeet Bath House: July 2000 MB. Starting in 1998 with a initial donation and orders to "get started", and throughout 1999, the skeet range built a bathroom and shower facility. This was done mostly with volunteer labor and was accomplished over a long period. Water lines were run in the fall of 1999 and final connections were done in Spring 2000 and it was used at the spring shoot. "Our resident architect presented preliminary plans and then refined them to conform to State Building commission regulations. He worked a year putting the final plan together for submission to all the overseeing government bodies. ... People from all ranges volunteered to help. Some putting a hundred hours or more of labor. Excavators, surveyors, cement masons, block layers, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, painters, electricians, laborers, towns people, sewage treatment officials, equipment operators - all came together with their expertise for the good of the NMLRA." Fund raisers were held, fun matches on the ranges to raise money. .. "My preliminary report to the NMLRA Board of Directors showed in round figures that we had $40,000 contributed in materials, supplies, and cash and about 4,000 hours of donated labor." Article by Carmichael in July 2000 MB.

 

2000 March Pres. Plan to start bar coding membership cards for future use. On the Slug/silhouette lot of "burming" work being done to expand the two lines and provide backstops for shots. The Winter nationals did turn a profit due to Rugers support. Old Message Board printout – By unanimous vote the BOD started a scholarship program for NMLRA members dependent children. This was partly made possible by John Curry donating all royalties from his latest video to the program.

 

2000 April MB To help pay for knock down silhouette targets the Midwest Regulators donated $4,000. June 22/23 work was completed on the long range silhouette line and Miami Rifle Club held the 1st match using knock down targets. They had a good turnout and every one seemed to enjoy shooting knock downs vs. the hanging targets. May MB article on improvements to the range. At the Oct. 2000 match they maxed out at 64 competitors, 4 relays on the 4 sets of targets. Would indicate a successful program.

 

2000 May work party. Pistol rebuilt walk thru's, picnic tables, 4 loading benches, replaced bad target frames and painted everything including the pistol shack. Built extra target holders inside pistol shack. Gun makers pavilion was put up, extension on end of slug gun line and 200 yard target frames, major work in scoring room in club house for target holders and lots of work on silhouette line. The wood shingles for the pavilion were cut from trees taken out for silhouette line work and were cut on site.Other painting and cleanup and pump bath house down spouts and drain tile put in. Just before the shoot commercial row was oiled and chipped.

 

2000 At the June shoot the 1st North American Blackpowder Hunting Expo was held. A number of manufactures were present and many seminars were scheduled.

 

2000 Silhouette. There are now matches for Smoothbore (4 crow @ 40 yds./4 pigs @ 60 yrds./4 turkey @ 80 yds./4 ram @ 100 yds.) Also a Junior match for shooters who have not reached the of 16 and a Sub-Junior Match for shooters who have not reached the age of 12. Both shoot same course as Smoothbore. Junior is offhand and sub-junior may use cross sticks. In 2000 programs the program for Large Rifle is a Weekly Cash Reentry, Daily Medal Reentry and a Medal Match plus a Flint Weekly Cash reentry match. Same matches for .40 Caliber (or under). There is also a pistol match shot at same program as the .40 Caliber match. In the March Board of Directors meeting approval was given for a longbow match on a trial basis for the Primitive Range. (Program was in print cycle for spring so not sure if shot at Spring or 1st in the Fall) Also by unanimous vote the BOD started a scholarship program for NMLRA members dependent children. This was partly made possible by John Curry donating all royalties from His latest video to the program.

 

2000 Oct. First flat fee ($40.00 per family) Turkey Shoot conducted by Lester Salisbury. Good weather and good turnout in all areas. Nov. MB The first winners of the NMLRA Scholarship Program were announced. The first Committee chair for this was Ron Ehlert. John Currey donated proceed from His latest video to the program.

 

2000 Dec. MB Yazel report on fall shoot EXCOM. The Membership banquet was a rousing success and cleared approximately $5000. They decided to use the profits to repair clubhouse starting with cafeteria ceiling. Says reinstate staff member for WNS. Most of rest of items basic business things like Accept proposal from Primitive Committee for a raffle to benefit the new Longbow Range. Looks like a routine business meeting. Dec. MB Max At the Fall Shoot "We were honored with the presence of Charlie Haffner, the fine old man of the pistol line, and Owl Hollow, Franklin, Tn. Charlie was on hand to accept the first NMLRA Golden Age Award." He spent the day and talked with many old Friends and really enjoyed the visit.

 

2001 Jan. MB "... For 2001 one change is that we will have a corporate sponsor, Traditions Company; they are donating $10,000 in money and materials for the Territorial Program. They are listed as a Gold Sponsor for their donation. We will also have Silver ($5,000) and Bronze $1,000) sponsors for the program. We will return to individual match medals as well as aggregate medals. ..." April Pres. They have also provided enough rifles that each Territorial will be able to give away a Traditions Deerhunter rifle. Everyone who registers to shoot in a Territorial match will have their name entered into a drawing that will be held at the end of competition for the rifle for that Territorial. March MB Round two of the NMLRA College Scholarship program, awarding two $500 scholarships each semester (excluding summer) went to Jeremy A. Franklin, Son of Jerry and Janice Franklin of Jemison, Alabama and Mariko Kita, daughter of Chuck and Debra Baker of Hope, In. March 10 BOD meeting. Suspended yearly COLA increase in Dues permanently. Created Certificate program for the Charter Clubs to recognize number of years chartered, approved purchase of new NMLRA booth for various shows attended by the staff. John Millers contract was extended for 2 years and a bonus of $5000 was awarded for performance in the current fiscal year. There was a lot of discussion on when a dues increase in the next two or three years would be needed if we can not find other ways to increase cash flow. The budget for the coming year is considerably tighter than those of the previous two years. We have incurred yearly postage increases in excess of $15,000 along with other increases that can only be absorbed for so long. The board is looking at number of ways to increase cash flow; like sponsorship for our major events.

 

May 5/6 Work Party. Gravel in parking area of Pistol line, painted benches, target frames picnic tables, boards, etc. 2X4's replaced on target frames. The 6 acres and shotgun bath houses were re-roofed, and wood storage shed in primitive for storage, plus misc. work on all ranges. Nov. 10, 2001 Work party put raised deck under the pistol shack porch. This eliminated the steps in front of the windows which were a hazard if someone stepped back without being careful. Work was also done on Knife and Hawk storage building to get it sealed up for the winter.

 

Oct. 2001 MB: Sidebar: Christening the new NMLRA Range

Mr. Bill Young of Cincinnati was present when the NMLRA range at Friendship, IN was used for the first time in 1941 by five shooters. Here are his reminiscences of the event.

 

I have collected old guns and shot muzzleloaders since 1935. In that year, even though I wasn’t twenty one, I was invited to become a charter member of the Cincinnati Gun Club because of my association with a friend and illustrious shooter, Ed Reif. He was a top pistol shooter at Camp Perry and held and international record for 12 years. He was already in his seventies, but he was still a remarkable shot and could fire a fifty practically any time he wanted to.

 

A fellow named Joe Lamping was a gunsmith at the Old Gun Shop, which had been in existence since the 1880's. He asked me if I could get Ed Reif to go to the opening of the new muzzleloading range in Indiana. Ed agreed, and he remarked, “Bill, this may be the start of something historic.”

 

Our biggest problem that day was opening the gate. It was large and heavy and stuck in weeds, and it seems like we needed twenty-five men on each end to move it out of the way. There was a good crowd of spectators in attendance – maybe 250 people, because shooting was something you could do cheaply and have a lot of fun.

 

At that inaugural event, Ed Reif fired a percussion rifle he had made entirely by hand – lock, stock, and barrel. I loaded for him as he had previously taught me to at our own range. Ed fired twenty consecutive shots from a rest through a single hole in the ten-ring on a NRA target at sixty yards. He quit after twenty shots so he wouldn’t risk spoiling a perfect target with a flier. He asked me to witness the target by singing and dating it, and he kept that target for many years in den. The target may still exist, for he as a niece who still lives in the same house.

 

Another man who shot that day, Walter Keenan had competed against Annie Oakley in 1923. At that time he was a young man, and she was elderly, and he beat her shooting glass balls. He owned an oil company and was a dedicated sportsman. He had an archery range in his basement, and I often shot with him as well as Ed Reif.

 

There were three other shooters in attendance that first day, but I don’t remember who they were.

 

Boss Johnson offered Ed Reif $250 for his rifle, and that was a lot of money in 1941. Ed answered that the rifle wasn’t for sale. Boss raised the offer to $500, but Ed countered that he intended to give the rifle to his son. Boss really wanted that rifle and didn’t hesitate to step on anyone’s toes by being persistent. He raided the offer to $750. At that point, Ed explained that he’d been a boxer in earlier years and had twice knocked down John L. Sullivan in the ring, and that if Boss didn’t back off he’d wish he had.

 

Ed Reif was talented in many areas besides shooting. In addition to his boxing career, he built racing boats for a while, and once held three world championships in speed boating at one time.

 

 

2001 Nov. Pres. Last year we entered into a agreement with the Friendship Sewer district to have all of our bathrooms on line and up to code by the end of a five year period. ".. I am happy to report that we are two years into the project and have just completed our third bathhouse and are under budget. The most recent one completed was on the slug/bench line, and after the shoot it will be remodeled for cold weather operation. This is being done to better accommodate the early and late season Black Powder Cartridge events held on our range each year. In additions to these improvements the metal roof of the Rand house was painted this summer using some of the proceeds raised at the June Member Picnic. .." Also new ceiling in the cafeteria was done with funds raised during the Banquet last fall. ".. On a national note, at the membership meeting an exciting new project will be announced to the membership: an Education Building. .." It was approved at the March BoD meeting. We will be launching a major fund raiser to fund this project. We are completing the final stages of a Memorandum of Understanding with 4H concerning cross-qualification of trainers and instructors for muzzle loading firearms. This is the first step in developing a closer relationship wit our nations various youth programs still involved in the shooting sports. John Richardson is the new leader of the Field Rep program.

 

2002 March MB Scholarship Foundation Report. Miss Rebecca Kincade, Hampshire, IN, the first recipient, will be attending University of Alabama. 2nd recipient was Miss Megan Kozid, Three Rivers, MI, and she will be attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College. For 2002 the first recipient is Miss Summer Liedel, daughter of Kayleen and Jerry Liedel of Adrian, Michigan. She is attending The Arts Institute of Pittsburg for two years. The 2nd recipient is a repeat scholarship winner Mr. Josh Gregg, son of Joy and Bruce Gregg of Ossian, In. He is a sophomore majoring in mathematics at Indiana State University.

 

2002 Fall 2001 work party put deck under the awning of the Pistol Shack. Same weekend the Knife and Hawk work shed was worked on and has a roof and walls. May 2002 work party - Pistol did normal target frame replacement and painting. Over the winter Jerry Middendorf had built flint shields, and the supports were put up to mount them and they were painted. 9 new positions were added on at the 50 yard line next to shotgun. Only couple of them could be used because a gate to shield the positions from shotgun could not be finished as time ran out. The shield was finished by Fall Shoot and the positions were well used. Target frames were done on rifle and bench lines. On primitive a cover was put up for a blacksmith to use for demonstrations and another to be used as a visitor welcome place. Other misc. work done. Not a large work party turnout. During the spring the people who do the food preparation redid the hamburger stand area into a order place and place to eat. Fall 2002 The maintenance personnel replaced the old plywood entry shields on the bath houses with treated lumber which looks much better than the old pealing plywood.

 

2002 September MB President's Message Little over 4 years ago our assets were very low and our business operations lacked direction and purpose. To help address this we established a third Board meeting, a budget meeting to held at the beginning of the Associations fiscal year, which start April first. This meeting has worked very well and has been attended by 25-28 directors each year. The whole budget process has been revamped and improved information is provide each director. Some of the results are that the assets of the NMLRA are up over $300,000 since then, real assets. With the help of Bill Carmichael and his skeet shooters, have built a new bath house on the Skeet Range and hooked it into the new sewer system. We have faced the task of hooking our existing bathrooms the this system, and have done so ahead of schedule and way below our original budget. EVP John Miller, with the help of Tom Schiffer lobbied the sewer district and got us a five-year window to complete the hookup of our existing bathrooms. We are currently two years into this period and are halfway finished with the hookups. The NMLRA has absorbed the $30,000 yearly sewer bill and still put money into the bank every year. We have established a land acquisition fund for the purchase of land in the future, and it is growing. The life fund is up over $100,000 of real money in the bank over where it sat four years ago. Three new Demonstration areas have been built to display the many crafts associated with our heritage and early American interests. We have made improvements to the clubhouse, and the grounds are in better shape than they have ever been with the help of Jim Meyer and Gene Huntington. We have added a new trap on the trap range and concrete shooting positions. Skeet has all new traps, thanks to Phil Orem, who left his estate to the NMLRA, with this being one of his requests. Sporting clays is getting a trap upgrade as well to lessen the manpower needed to run that range, which has a new storage building and a covered loading area too. Commercial Row has a real maintenance fund that part of every dealer's rent every year goes into so we can make more improvements there in addition to the paving already done to make it better. Out in the shooting world across this great land we have stepped forward to lead the muzzle loading community. We host the Manufactures Match, and it has grown every year. With support from Traditions Firearms, it will have a new junior shooter component next year to make it even better. Thanks again go out to Jay Bernneman at Traditions for our Territorial Program and the awards make possible through his generous support. As we launch the fund drive for our new Education Building we are again seeing support from the industry with two large pledges made, and assurances of more to come. We will build this building, and in it we will teach the craft of the long rifle, our craft, our heritage. We are working with industry on the creation of a Black Powder Trade Association to better address the needs of our industry and shooters alike. With this organization we will be able to protect hunters' and manufactures' rights alike all across the country. We have begun a new relationship with 4-H that will help grow us and them in the future. We have done a total overhaul of our training program with an eye toward making our training more accessible, with instructors in every state and a centralized records system. In the last four years we witnessed the birth of the National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation, an organization the NMLRA fund for the purpose of giving the rendezvouses the power to create the type of event they desire.

 

2003 March MB: Scholarship Foundation Report. $500 grant to Mr. Chad Brodbeck from Fort Meyers, Florida, son of Gary Brodbeck and Kathleen Lorusso. Chad is attending Duke Univ. in Durham, NC majoring in Biology. The second recipient was Mr. Benjamin Schubert of Bay City, MI, son of David & Marilyn Schubert. Benjamin is attending Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI, majoring in Philosophy & History. Through a generous independent sponsorship, the NMLRA was able to award a third scholarship this time to Ms. Megan Kozik from Three Rivers, MI, daughter of Chris and Lynn Kozik. Megan is attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College and majoring in pharmacy. Scholarship Committee has completed evaluation of Spring 2003 Semester. The first grant goes to Ms. Katie Osterhout of Ballston Lake, NY, daughter of Gary and Leanne Osterhout. Katie is State University of NY in Albany and will graduate in May of 2003 with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Psychology. The second winner is Ms. Morgan Steger from Clovis, CA, daughter of George and Susan Steger. Morgan is attending California State University at Fresno, working toward a degree in History.

 

2003 April MB New shelters on the Primitive range. In 2002 Roger Trammel was talking about how nice it would be to have some type of shelter on the primitive ranges. Earl Wallace overheard this conversation and volunteered to draw up plans for review. His plans were approved and in early 2002 he went to work in his garage and built three shelters is such a manner that they could be hauled to Friendship on a trailer. In April Earl brought his grandson Aaron along and they completed the three shelter. The shelters were a hit and when asked if he could build two more before June shoot. He went to work and with the help of volunteers in early June the deadline was met. Many thanks to Earl.

 

 

2003: May work party. Finished deck under pistol shack awning - painted everything. Late fall 2002 Jim Meyer had rebuilt number of target frames and put wood blocks on all for holding target boards, like rifle use. Couple of open air demonstration awning like buildings were started on Primitive. One of them was put up by Roland Cadle of Village Restorations, Inc. re-created an original, late 18th century log cabin on our grounds in the Primitive area. Navio did bow and arrow making in spring and they were still doing roofing in Aug. on ones along the creek. In June/July period a drinking fountain was installed on the slug gun line. This was a specified item in Phil Orem’s gift to the NMLRA. July/Aug. Jim Meyer put a rail behind pistol line, further back than the boards on rood supports to keep people watching a little further back. Ended up being nice place to sit. Porch on the Rand House was rebuilt as it had become unsafe. On going project and some finish work done in May 2004 work party. Same period a Flag Pole was installed on the pistol line. The pole was paid for by donations from the members of the Distinguished Master group. Pole base was completed by John & Sarah Ems, Richie Bauer and Jerry Middendorf. The trap houses were rebuilt and sliding tops were installed to facilitate the reloading of the traps. Over the spring a new covered shooting line was built west of the slug gun line. Originally intended for the Chunk Gun group, in 2004 has been labeled the Youth Shooting Range. Over time lot of gravel dumped on the south side camping area and some on range side. More drain tiling done in commercial row. The Powder Magazine was moved higher on the hill and another new metal one added to replace old one that couldn’t be moved.

 

The Distinguished Masters presented the Pistol Range with a beautiful new Flag Pole in time for the Spring 2003 shoot. The effort was lead by Dan Hardman. Special thanks are owed to John and Sarah Ems, Dick Bauer, Jerry Middendorf and Birdy Luma for their time, expertise and labor in the erection and lighting of the pole.

 

2003 June EVP Report: To make recruiting new members easier the NMLRA we now have a “Family Membership” that provides a way for a member to get his or her whole family involved at a cost that is less than the const of a membership and associate membership used to be. Includes all the children under the age of sixteen also. Also we have a “Introductory Membership” at $20. They get to participate in all events for a year, receive 4 issues of MB (Feb., May, August & Dec.), do not get to vote on membership issues of for candidates for the BoD. At the end of the year they will be asked to renew as new members.

 

2003 Family Fun Shoot Record 110 families and 190 individuals registered shooters

 

2003: This is a estimate. The slug gun bath room was winterized and is open in the winter. Est. done in 2002. The shotgun was done in 2003. In the spring of 2003 one bay was added to Slug Gun line and a new covered range was added next to Shaw house. In later years this has been renamed as the Youth Range. Originally was intended to be the Chunk Gun Range.

 

2004 Jan. MB: NMLRA Charter Club Grant program. The winners for 2003 were: St. Lawrence Long Rifles, Buffalo Chip Society, Salem Hunting Club and the Red River Renegades. The program is available again in 2004 and winners will be announced in the Sept. membership meeting. March: Winter National Shoot. Registered shooters - 283, 288 in 2003. Traders in 2004 – 19, 21 in 2003.

 

2004 April MB: At the Sept. 2003 Annual meeting three NMLRA Scholarship’s were awarded. First went to Christopher R. Truex, attending Ohio State Univ. with engineering as a course of study. Christopher is the son of David and Miriam Truex of Thornville, Ohio. Second went to Kate K. Gregg, attending Indiana State Univ. at Terra Haute with Language Pathology as her major. Kate is the daughter of Bruce and Joy Gregg of Osian, In. The Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Ballers Muzzle Loading Club of Grand Rapids, MI, generously funded a third scholarship on its own; it was awarded to Michelle Hobbs, a mother pursuing a new career in nursing at Howard Community College in Columbia, MA. Michelle resides in Elkridge, MA. The 1st Spring Semester of 2004 scholarship was awarded to William G. Mapoles, a mechanical engineering student at Northern Arizona Univ. in Flagstaff; he is the son of William and Audrey Mapoles of Herford, AZ. The 2nd went to Stephanie Fedritz, who is studying nursing at the Univ. of Tampa in Tampa, FL. Stephanie is the daughter of Pat and Michelle Hobbs of Elkridge, MA.

 

At this time the program launched by Merrill Deer, One of One Thousand, has approximately 40 members. The program is designed to create a permanent endowment for the NMLRA. The principal amount is untouchable by the Board of Directors, except if it was needed to buy land. The interest that comes from investing the funds is available to be used on projects that the BoD feels will help the NMLRA fulfill its mission and grow.

 

2004: The NMLRA Board of Directors approved a new Registered Match Program at the April, 2004 meeting. The following information will help you understand the types of matches that will be available. The concept is to offer more national shooting venues on a local level. Please contact NMLRA Registered Match Coordinator, Russell Combs at 6981 S. Co. Rd. 600 E., Plainfield, IN 46168; phone (317) 839-8273) for information on hosting a registered match in your area.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The following regulations pertain to all types of Registered matches (rifle, pistol, trap, skeet, etc.). In addition, certain registered matches have further requirements, which are listed in the appropriate places.

The intent of this program is to offer a National Program run on a local level, to present NMLRA events to more members, and bring in new shooters to our ranks. The hope is to entice both new and old members to compete in National Events.

Each Registered Match must have:

1. Match Director

2. NMLRA Certified Range Officer

3. At least 10 competitors to be certified as a registered match, for classifications and change in classifications.

4. A jury of 3 shooters appointed by the Match Director; the jury will have final say on any scoring disputes during the match.

-           In Pistol and Rifle Registered Matches, competitors will score fellow competitors’ targets.

-           Juniors are 12-16 years. Sub-juniors are under 12 years.

-           All NMLRA rules apply except as noted in specific sections below.

-           All classification and reclassification targets must be signed by the Match Director and the Certified Range Officer.

 

The targets will then be sent to NMLRA headquarters for verification of scoring before any classification or reclassification cards are issued.

-           Written requests to run a registered match must be made to the registered match coordinator 120 days before the match is to be held.

-           The host club of a registered match will remit $4.50, by check, to the NMLRA for each competitor who registers for the match.

-           Forward to the registered match coordinator all scores and money (by check made out to the NMLRA), with the names and addresses of all registered competitors so that a National Registered Match Record database can be established.

-           Muzzle Blasts will list Registered Matches dates, type, and contact information.

-           All black powder safety rules shall be enforced.

 

 

2004 May Work Party: At pistol shack finished the enclosure, replaced 6-8 bench tops and rebuilt several shooting positions. More done on the Rand House and some work on the primitive side. Very light turnout. John finished up the pistol enclosure and painted the new front bench tops, and put numbers on them.

 

2004 May 31: Month of May very wet, and at Howard Young’s house about 7 miles northwest of the range measured 10.2" of rain. The new 57 modern camping spots coming along, but as of this date lot of work to do yet. Very muddy. The did gravel and other work June 7th about right up to start of the shoot. Even with the late finish the park , named “American Heritage Camp Ground”, was almost full during the shoot. There are 48 pull thru spots and 9 back in. Over the summer a wood fence was installed to separate the campground from the primitive area. Wall between Rifle/Pistol went up week of May 16 and it was a mud hole. Down June 1 to do work on trailer and they had bobcat in working on the backfill and leveling, and it came out pretty nice for as muddy as it still was. Also on June 1st they poured the footers for primitive gate. During th e spring shoot on June 15/16 the left side block house was put up. It was reported that on the primitive side in Fall shoot that 1159 matches were shot.

 

2004: Over summer Jim Meyers and Co. rebuilt the fence behind the pistol shack to the board fence that blocks pistol off from shotgun. Very nice looking. On the skeet range they now have a very nice covered loading area on the 2nd. skeet area. Not sure when it went up, but wasn’t there in early 2003.

 

2004: The rifle line was renamed the “The Tony Salisbury Offhand Line” At the fall shoot, with the family present, the line was formally dedicated.

 

 

2004 Sept.: Max Vickery passed away on Sept. 16, 2004. Max had been coming to Friendship for 54 years and was president 1968-71 and wrote countless articles for Muzzle Blasts. Honey will be missed.

 

2004 Dec. MB Sharon Smith in Territorial Report said she has been able to resign as Territorial Coordinator, and President Jim Fulmer has found a willing volunteer, Robert Wheelock of Michigan. Also that effective with the end of the fall shoot Jim Guy, Chief Range officer for 27 years retired and will be replaced with Rick Bruner.

 

2005 April MB: Summary of Last Relay article by Mike Luma on Bill Carver. Bill passed away Jan. 17, 2005. Bill was a high school history teacher for forty-two year, husband of Lois and parents of a loving family of six girls and two boys. ... Bill won his first National Championship in 1959 and dominated the sport for decades. He wrote articles in Muzzle Blasts over 10 years and had articles published by other magazines. He was named Handgunner of the Year in 1984 and inducted into the NMLRA Black Powder Hall of Fame in 1995. His accomplishments include winning a total of twenty-six National Championships and establishing many records, six of which still stand as of April 2005. His Championship score in 1964 of 954-35X also still stands today. Bill also shot modern target pistols to further enhance his muzzleloading, and shot in local leagues. For many years he was an administrator of the Sandusky High School Junior Rifle Club.

 

... He was always ready to demonstrate the ability of our pistols against any modern tricked-out match pistol. Many were the modern gun shooters with expensive .45 or .38 match guns who left quietly after facing off with Bill and his black powder pistols. During those years he gained a reputation as the “Saucy Cat”. You may recall the little cat cutouts that were glued to his earmuffs. He would just smile.

 

2005 Jan. MB President Msg.: “The NMLRA has established a relationship with many different youth groups. One of them is the Royal Rangers. Jerry Middendorf will be giving an NMLRA Instructor Training Course for some of the adult leaders for this group this month in West Virginia. Jerry, whom I have also appointed to the position of National Field Representative Coordinator, will be working with Tim Hamblen, the Chairman of the NMLRA Charter Clubs, Joel Warner, the Chairman of NMLRA Instructors Training, Dave Johnson, NMLRA Public Relations and of course Scott Mings, the NMLRA Youth Committee Chairman, to bring youth programs to NMLRA Charter Clubs all over the country. ...” Also in the Jan. issue are the results of the Charter Club Championships for 2004 and the rules for the 2005 Championships.

 

2005 Feb. EVP: Running discussion on Longhunter Muzzleloading Big Game Record Book including in-line taken animals. Some people thought that only animals taken with “traditional” muzzle loading guns were included, when in fact in-line muzzle loaders have always been included. The change is that recently the gun used to take a animal have been included and the controversy was re-ignited. Feb. Gunmakers’ Hall update. A new roof has replaced the leaky original and several other structural repairs done.

 

2005 April MB:

Scholarship Foundation Report – by Ron Ehlert, Chairman

 

It’s the time of year that I, as NMLRA Scholarship Committee Chairman, report to the membership the winners of the 2004 - 2005 awards.

 

The winners for the Fall Semester, 2004 are as follows: The first $500 grant went to Mr. Aaron M. Schubert, from Bay City, Michigan, son of David and Marilyn Schubert. Aaron is attending Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, with a course of study in history - education. The second recipient was Ms. Melinda Sue Calderwood of Lancaster, Ohio, daughter of Kevin and Bonny Calderwood. Melinda is attending Ohio University in Lancaster, Ohio, majoring in art and design.

 

Through a generous independent sponsorship provided by The Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Ballers, an NMLRA Charter Club from Grand Rapids, Michigan, the NMLRA was able to award a third scholarship this time to Ms. Stephanie Contreras from Fairfax, Virginia, daughter of Glen and Gail Contreras. Stephanie is attending the University of Nevada in Reno and majoring in Spanish.

 

The Scholarship Committee has completed the evaluation of applications for the Spring 2005 Semester, so with this forum, I shall relay the following winners to you.

 

The first grant goes to Mr. Brian J. Backscheider of Fairfield, Ohio, son of David and Melissa Backscheider. Brian is attending Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and majoring in math and engineering.The second winner is Ms. Stephanie Fredritz from Elkridge, Maryland, daughter of Patrick and Michelle Hobbs. Stephanie is attending University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, and majoring in nursing.

 

Again, through the generosity of The Grand Valley Cap ‘n’ Ballers, the Scholarship Committee will award a third scholarship to Mrs. Michelle Hobbs of Elkridge, Maryland. Michelle is also majoring in nursing.

 

The Scholarship Committee congratulates these scholars for winning the NMLRA scholarship awards and for their fine academic achievements. I would urge any eligible student to apply for these awards. Anyone who has previously applied and has been passed over is also encouraged to re-apply; please follow very closely the requirements outlined in the application. When it comes down to making very difficult decisions while evaluating the applications, sometimes the failure to include the simplest information can make the difference between acceptance or rejection.

 

 

2005 May MB: Living History Demonstrations. This year the NMLRA continues to expand its emphasis on educational programming designed to bring quality living history presenters, traditional artisans, and performers to the Primitive Encampment at the shoots. In the Spring 2005 classes will include, Navio Occhialini offering his popular Easter Woodland Bow Making Class; R. W. Stewart, proprietor of Archaic Arts will do classes on arrow building and flint knapping as well as one on atlatl and darts. Workshops by Chien Noir Trading Company on period clothing, Daniel Nye, an expert in natural fibers and basketry on basket making and also demonstrated how to construct ramrods from scratch. A number of children’s activities will be done over the week to keep the young people involved. Demonstrations by Andrew Buckner on wood-working , churn butter the old time way. Many other events are planned also.

 

2005 May Workparty: Pistol line built new credenza and work tales at tower and 2 new picnic tables. Several volunteers made themselves and all the target frames at 25 and 50 yards got painted.

 

2005: The Education Building was put up between March and June. Sometime over the summer a concrete floor was put in. The building is usable, but is just a shell as of the fall of 2005. The Directors met there for the fall meeting, the members banquet was held there and in Nov. the Cannon course was held there. Work started on the Rand house in th e spring and over the summer and fall the outside was cleaned up with pressure washer and work done on fascia and gutters, the window bars were moved inside, and the house has been repainted.

 

A number of special events were held on the range. Friendship College Rendezvous May 20-22. Friendship College is a unique outdoor school used to promote the great sport of living history/re-enactmeant through the skills and crafts of persons living before 1840. All classes are held in the great outdoors. Other arrangements will be make for bad weather, as cabins and shelter houses are available for use. The college is designed for beginners to old timers. We pride ourselves on a family atmosphere. Children are encouraged to attend the classes with the adults. Activities are held for the children as well. The event has been held for a number of years and is a annual event.

 

Lore of the Laughery was held for the first time on August 27 & 28 and was sponsored by the NMLRA. “Lore of the Laughery” as a premier living history event reflects and interprets the historical heritage of the area, telling the stories of the past with all of the joy, fear, humor, wisdom, sadness, pain, conflict, glory, pride and trepidation taht the Eastern Frontier theater provided to the peoples and cultures that inhabited the region. Indiana’s exciting early history is yours to embrace. Experience these colorful stories as they are told through the pageantry of recreated military units, working livestock, period food vendors, artisans and craftspeople, entertainers, Fife and Drum Corps, voyageurs, and encampments, all demonstrating the lifestyles of 1750-1812.

 

A Youth Hunter Education Challenge “In-YHEC” was held on the range on Sept. 24, 2005. “Just What is Y.H.E.C.?” recoginzed as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge is the NRA’s “graduate studies” in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Open only to those who have completed any state’s hunter-safety course, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunters skills. From rifle, bow, and muzzleloader shooting at life sized targets, to wildlife ID, using a compass and more, YHEC participants get hands-on experience in eight skills areas, all methods of take and all types of game.

 

2005 June MB Notes from the EVP: At this years NRA Convention for the fifth year in a row, Claude Willoughby, the long time NMLRA member and pistol shooter, was honored as the oldest life member in attendance at the convention. Claude helps man the NMLRA booth, signing up members and acting as spokesman for the Association. Claude will turn 100 on Sept. 19th, and in his speech he told the audience that he is looking forward to seeing them again in Milwaukee next year. At the Fall 2005 shoot Claude was honored by his picture being placed on the cover off the fall program. His birthday was celebrated at the Tuesday annual banquet and was welcomed an congratulated by many members.

 

2005 Oct. MB: Youth Shoot on July 16th and 17th was attended by 258 youths. As usual all the kids had a great time.

 

2005 Oct.28-30: Friendship Boy Scout Camporee was held. The event was attended by a large number of Boy Scouts and there leaders.

 

2005 Oct. MB Pres. Msg.: Fulmer said he had named a Public Relations Chairman, Mike Longstreth and in addidtion had hired J. R. Absher to handle press releases for the NMLRA and much, much more. The NMLRA’s name will be seen in more places than ever before. The NMLRA is reaching out on a national level to getthe word out about our Association through the news media.

 

2005 Registered Pistol Matches: The program got off to a good start in 2004 and in 2005 matches were held in Dayton, Ohio; Franklin, Tn.; Indianapolis, In.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Friendship, In.; and El Centro, CA.

 

2005 Dec. MB Schiffer Fall Shoot Report: Crowd seemed down some. Just before the shoot gas prices spiked up to $3.00 plus a gallon, hurricane Katrina beat the New Orleans and the Gulf Coast up a bunch. The membership meeting was held on Sunday night in the new Education Building. The building is not finished, but well under roof, and temporary lighting made it most tenable during the meeting. One highlight at the meeting was the guest appearance of Ron Schmeits, Second Vice President of the NRA. Ron greeted us, extended the hand of friendship, and helped us honor our (NRA & NMLRA) oldest member. Claude Willoughby, who celebrated his hundredth birthday on the Monday after the shoot - Sept. 19th. Claude has been the oldest NRA member at the NRA convention for a number of years. Claude always leaves the NRA, and the NMLRA, with a stirring message to “do something about the ongoing, never ending threat to the Second Amendment to our Constitution.

 

There were two inductees into the NMLRA Black Powder Hall of Fame. Famed and long time barrel maker and gunsmith Ken Bresien and Tom Schiffer. Jim Fulmer was awarded a Kentucky Rifle in commemoration of his service as president. That rifle is a copy of one that had been in Max Vickery’s family for many years, and the copy was made by Dick Miller.

 

A number of Presidential Certificates of Appreciation were awarded at the meeting: Rosie Magner, newly retired NMLRA Office Manager and General Factotum, for 39 years of service to the NMLRA.; Mike Luma, for service to the NMLRA BoD as parliamentarian; Tom Schiffer for “his Shoot Follow-up Reports and for giving me guidance by sharing his presidential knowledge during my tenure as President;” Leslie Martin Dotson for her work with the Lore of the Laughery; Ed and Marcia Kellam for their work with the youth program; Mike Hulva for his range officer work; and Linda Fulmer, for her patience and understanding during her husband Jim’s presidency of the NMLRA.

 

Three Golden Age Awards were presented. Recipients were Claude Willoughby, Homer Dangler and Joe Barnes.

 

An American flag that had been flown in the face of the enemy was sent to the NMLRA by member Lt. Colonel John Bauer, now serving in Afghanistan. Last year John was with us participation in our Long Range Program. In response, we wished him and his unit an early and successful ending of their mission there and safe and speedy journey home.

 

The Education Building is not complete, and thus far, paid for mostly by individual and corporations. Some of the interior rooms have been sold to various individuals who have agreed to provide the resources to finish them. The financial report by Ralph Walker was not good, for there is a shortfall in income vs. outgo. Ralph also reported that the new campground with full hoop-ups is now generating sufficient income to meet the mortgage payments.

 

2005 Dec. MB 1st Lore of the Laughery: The first Lore of the Laughery was held Aug. 26th to 28th, 2005 at Friendship. It is a premier living history event, brought together the pageantry of recreated military units, working livestock, craftsman, artisans, entertainers, and merchants of the period, to unfold the colorful stories of the history of the region from 1750-1812.

 

The event festivities began with the arrival of 600 area school children on Friday, Aug. 26th. These schools partnered with the NMLRA to actively engage in Lore of the Laughery’s exploration of 18th and early 19th century Indiana history, crafts, and life ways in an effort to inspire students’ imaginations. The program was designed to enrich student’s exposure to the area’s colonial history and complement th curriculum in a truly unique venue that enhanced the teachers’ classroom instruction. The event was supported by many volunteers. See Dec. 2005 Muzzle Blasts for complete write-up.

 

2006 Update 1 of 1000 Program: The program was conceived and promoted by past president Merrill P. Deer. The concept is to create a $1,000,000 endowment to support the long-term financial stability of the association and the muzzleloading sport that we love. The principal will remain n the endowment, and can be used only to generate interest or to purchase a permanent asset such as land. The principal can never be used for the general operation of the Association. The interest earned produces income for new and innovative programs that help ensure the long term viability of the organization and help it to prosper. In Dec. 1998 in the EVP message He announced that there would be a new program to assist the NMLRA – it would be called “One of One Thousand” March 1999 MB: A 1/3 page spread titled “Securing our Future – One in One Thousand Program” MB 2006 August Issue -- 1 of 1000 Progress Report listed 102 who have joined the program.

 

2006 Jan. Pres Msg: Oct. 15-18, 2005 the NMLRA held it’s first Muzzleloading Summit in Muncy Valley, PA. Org’s involved were a number of representatives from the, 2nd VP of the NRA, National Shooting Sports Foundation, rep from the PA Federation of Black Powder Shooters. One of the things that came out of the meeting was the initial negotiations to move the NRA National Muzzleloading Chanpionships fro Camp Perry to Friendship. They were moved and occurred in July 2006.

 

(When did 1/1000 start and put status in)

 

2006 Feb. 22-27 Western National Shoot - Pres Msg: For the second consecutive year, the famed European Arms maker Davide Perdersoli, Ltd. Will award a .44 cal Le Page New Match International Pistol and a .45 cal Tryon Match Rifle to the respective aggregate winners of the International Pistol Match and the International Rifle Matches.

 

2006 March: Russell reported that Western National Shoot attendance was up to 274 from 251 last year. Target sales down a little it seemed like, weather was great. Russ was Chief Range Officer, Head of the scoring dept., and general flunky.

 

2006 March - Letters to the Editor: Letter from Guy A. Retter, Jr., 86. He designed the NMRA’s original Logo in 1935 as a 16 year old devotee of black-powder shooting. Knew Red Farris very well. Design has changed to some extent, most of the original design are still used in the current logo.

 

2006 March Presidents Msg.: Formal announcement that the NRA National Championship would be held at Friendship July 7-9, 2006. Also that we are not using poly-bags any more. The cover of the magazine has been changed from 80 pound stock to 100 pound stock, also the inside is being printed on a brighter paper than in previous issues. The brighter paper also has a smoother texture and helps to enhance the reproduction quality. Starting with the 2006 Territorial Match Program we are reviving allowing NRA members to shoot in the Territorial program. It had been done in the 80's and then got dropped for no special reason. If not a NMLRA member they would only be eligible to shoot the Territorial Championship in Friendship.

 

2006 April MB: Edwin “Tiny” VanSant received statewide recognition from his native state for his more than 40 years of service to muzzleloading. At this years kickoff dinner for the 51st annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA He was presented with the show’s Humanitarian Award.

 

2006 May Work Party: Pistol had a very good work party, while overall turnout was quite low. Pistol - Scabbed about a dozen places, painted the 25/50/100 yard target frames, front and rear benches, including the numbers, also the tower complex & rear guard rail. A number of backstops and front bench supports were reinforced. 6+ gallons of Ranch Red, gallon each of white and blue.

 

2006 June Shoot: Pistol started a weekly 50 & 100 yard cash reentry match. Provisional rules: 1) Offhand style pistol, any sight, ball or bullet. 2) You may use a stool or kneel for your firing position 3) The pistol forward of the trigger guard may be placed on a rest. The grip may not be rested, but must be held by one or both hands, with the muzzle forward of the bench. 4) Nothing may be attached to the bench, no screws, bolts, clamps, straps, cords, etc. of any kind is allowed. 5) Stools and rests to be provided by shooter.

 

2006 July 18 Osgood Journal: The Rising Sun Regional Foundation awarded a total of $426,042 in 20 new grants at its June 28 meeting. One of these was “Up to $21,200 to the NMLRA toward installation of a new roof on its clubhouse.

 

2006 Oct. Pres. Msg.: The NMLRA hosted the NRA National Championship matches for the first time on July 7-9. Attendance was up this year (88 competitors) over the last two years at Camp Perry of 46 competitors.

 

2006 Nov. Pres. Msg.: Second annual Lore of the Laughery Living History Encampment and Market Fair was held Aug. 25 – 27, 2006. The event begin on a foggy Friday morning with School Day activities scheduled for 700 area student. Participant numbers increased over last year. Dec. Pres Msg. – Austin & Halleck ceased operations effective Oct. 1, 2006

 

 2006 See “1979 Silhouette Match Evolution:” for the evolution of the Silhouette Match Program from a one match at 4 distances, to today’s program with Large Rifle, Flint Rifle, 40 cal & under, Smoothbore & Pistol, with Women’s, Junior and Sub-Junior matches.

 

2006 See “1993 Fall Shoot: A long range Muzzleloading Rifle Match” For evolution of the Long Range Muzzleloading Rifle Match Program.

 

NMLRA Rifle Shooters Hall of Fame: Sept. 11, 2006 – The following criteria were recommended by the Rifle and approved by the Board of Directors.

 

All entries into the Rifle Shooters hall of Fame shall be determined by rifle competitors’ shooting performance during national Championship shoots. Entries whose shooting careers began after 1982 shall be determined by the following point system. Male shooters shall be required to earn a minimum of 100 points. Female shooters shall be required to earn a minimum of 50 points. Points are earned as follows: Aggregate winner = 3 points; aggregate 2nd place = 2 points; and aggregate 3rd place = 1 point.

 

All points must be earned in individual adult competition. Points earned from offhand rifle competition shall be earned only from the highest class. Territorial aggregates and the offhand classification aggregate (CA) shall not be eligible for points earned.

 

Early rifle shooters whose careers concluded before 1983 or extended in the post 1983 years shall require fewer points for entry n the Rifle Shooters Hall of Fame. The rifle Committee shall continue research to determine additional entries into the NMLRA Rifle Shooters Hall of Fame.

 

 

2007 NMLRA Range Improvements: In addition to the May work party, a number of other work efforts were done on the range from early spring to mid summer. The Gatehouse roofs were started on March 10th & 11th by the Wilderness Rangers of Kentucky. Weather did not cooperate, and the roofs were finished at the May Work Party. See May 2007 Presidents Message for details. At the May work party the entire 25 yard pistol line was torn down and replaced, painted and numbered, also the walk-thrus were dugout and rebuilt, all in two days. Lot of other things painted and misc. cleanup. In several work parties the shotgun people spray cleaned the loading benches & re-coated them, the loading bench behind trap 1 got a new roof, the roof on the west loading bench was coated, the pad on Trap 3 was replaced with new pad to raise the firing line 8", in addition the trap bath house was painted inside and out and a concrete pad was poured for both doors, and other shotgun line items were painted. Not sure if this year or not, but new benches to sit on were installed on the front porch of the trap registration building.

 

In a couple of work parties the Primitive gate houses were re-roofed and another cabin was put up just east of the primitive bath house. The bath houses on 6 acres and one by NMLRA office were painted inside and out. The commercial row booths were painted barn red. At the club house the electric was re-run and buried from the pole in the back to the entry box near the front porch. The back of the club house was re-roofed and the double dip from previous additions was eliminated.

 

2007 NRA Black Powder Championship: Match was held July 6-8 at the NMLRA Range in Friendship. The matches were moved from Camp Perry in 2006 due to declining registrations there. The last Camp Perry shoot only had 46 registered shooters, in 2006 registration increased to 88 and in 2007 there were 123 shooters. Complete write up by Buddy Townsend is in the October 2007 MB. July Youth Shoot and 220 youngsters participated.

 

2007 August Presidents Message: By Tom Schiffer: NMLRA Long Range Shooting: Due to persistent work by several members working with Camp Atterbury, 80 miles NW of Friendship, reasonable security methods were hammered out that are agreeable to both Parties at Camp Atterbury. First match was scheduled for Sept. 2006, but was scrubbed due to the need for the military to use that range to train long range military shooters. The match was rescheduled for June 7 & 8, 2007 and it was to be contested at 800, 900 & 1000 yards. It was a very windy both days. Twenty shooters pre registered, everyone was registered who planned to attend due to security requirements that a list of attendees be available prior to the shoot dates. Due to illness & other situations eighteen showed up. See August 2007 MB for complete writeup. Fall matches scheduled for Sept. 11th & 12th.

 

2007 Annual Gun rights Policy Conference was held at the Drawbridge Inn and Conference Center in Mitchell, KY. This is an annual meeting of national gun rights leaders and grassroots activists, where they get a chance to network and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the next year. The NMLRA hosted an open house at the NMLRA’s range on Friday, Oct. 5th from non to 5:00 PM. They were told that they would have an opportunity to shoot muzzleloading pistols, shotguns and rifles. Most of the conference attendees don’t shoot, or own a muzzleloader. The turnout was very good and a lot of non muzzloading people were introduced to our range and shooting muzzleloading. Many comments were made about the size and quality of the range and facilities.

 

2007 Seventh Annual Boy Scout Camporee. Held the last weekend in Oct. & 335 Boy Scouts and seventy adule leaders were in attendance. .

 

2007 April All-Women’s Shoot: The first annual All-Women’s shoot was held at the end of April 27-29. It was very successful and everyone had a great time. Thirty nine participants came from as far away as Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Arizona, Colorado & Wyoming. Good articles in July MB.

 

2007 July MB: A Tribute to Merrill P. Deer, who died in Nov. 2007, on the 1 of 1000 program He was instrumental in getting started.

 

2008 NMLRA Range Improvements: In late 2007 on the Sili Line some of the Chicken fixed targets were reset so bullets would go into backer and not over and bounce into pigs. Jan./Feb. 2008 - The 25 yard rifle line has been torn down, rebuilt, numbered and painted.

 

2007: Some time in Fall of 2007, 4-5 maple trees were planted behind Silhouette line. In 2009 they are about 7-8' high.

March 2008: MB lists Bob Wetzler as Maintenance Supervisor.

 

2008/2009: In early 2008 the maintenance personnel replaced the 25 yard rifle line, and later the 100 yard rifle line, and painted both. The Over The Log range was moved to the far end of the Youth Range and a new 50 yard line built from ditch to end of the range with a bunker behind it. In the fall the rest of the 50 yd line bench line was replaced & bunker put in behind it. Overall the maintenance crew replaced all the 50, 100 & 200 yard target frames on the bench & Schuetzen/Musket line by May 2009.

 

Fall/Winter 2009: On the slug gun line the 200, 300 & 400 yard target frames were replaced and probably the 100 yd also.

 

From the NMLRA Web Page: During Range Work Weekend, April 5 and 6, about 50 people showed up with shovels, rakes, and other tools. The Range was flooded in March 2008. The main focus was on Commercial Row, but work was also accomplished on the playground, the Trap Range and several buildings were painted, including the trap range bath house. It was a very productive weekend. You probably will still see flood damage when you visit in June, but we will be operational, thanks to good helpers and generous donors.

 

There is still a great deal of work that has to be done before the June shoot. As most of you are aware, we are located in a flood plain (!), so we are uninsurable. Many donations have come in to help us recover from the flood, and we truly appreciate everyone’s generosity. Please note, though, that we still have a long way to go, and additional donations are still needed and very welcome!

 

April 2008: The magazine for the 75th Anniversary Year started a way back then who are they pictures, with newer photos in the back of the magazine. The Women’s Shoot was held April 17-20 and the Lore of the Laughery was moved to May 2-4.

 

May 2008: May 15-16 the wood fence posts. that had previously been delivered and spaced out, were set using a big caterpillar type trencher to set the posts in place. Corner posts and braces were set between then and May 23rd when the fencing was in place. The week before the shoot they installed a split rail fence with opening for walk ins and main gate. New movable shack for the entrance that is over some and in a more direct path into the street.

 

Fall 2008 Shoot: On the first Sunday Hurricane Ike came thru in the early afternoon in IN and winds were as high as a Level I hurricane in places. Lot of awning and tent damage, blew down big tree in Primitive in broke Becky Waterman’s leg in several places and it took bunch of people awhile to cut enough limbs out to get her out. Electric out Sunday afternoon and not restored until about 6 o’clock Monday evening. Lots of tree damage and in Cincinnati parts were out for a week, and longer in KY.

 

Fall/Winter 2009: On the slug gun line the 200, 300 & 400 yard target frames were replaced and probably the 100 yd also.

 

2008 Nov. MB: 2008 Scholarship Winners Gary Chidsey the son of Brian and Carrine Chidsey of Medina, Ohio. He is an honors graduate of Cloverleaf High School, Lodi, Ohio, Ryan Kosman the son of Karl and Beth Kosman of Alsip, IL. He graduated with honors from Shepard High School, Palos Heights, IL & Daniel Robinson the son of David and Mary Robinson of Orleans, IN. Daniel is an honors graduate of Paoli High School.

 

2009 April 4-5 Work Party: Pistol rebuilt the sitting benches (3) & painted them. The Pistol Shack was totally painted. Most of crew ended up putting ceilings in the bathhouse along Rt. 62, which earlier had been gutted and about 5-6" of cement poured for a new higher floor. Another member installed totally new door frames on both doors. Shotgun did lot of cleanup and work in shotgun building. A member who shoots Sili brought his bath house cleaning equipment down and cleaned & power washed all the bathhouses. A lot of wood was split in both primitive and the trees that were cut down at old Chunk Line. Target frame work was done on bench/musket line. On primitive some cleanup burning was done, and with the help of a backhoe steps were totally rebuilt in couple of locations.

 

2009: The bathroom close to 62 had major work done. A new roof was done by a member as a donation for many years of attending Friendship. At the April work party a ceiling was installed on both sides. In May the interior was totally redone with new stools, sinks and urinals and framing around the stools.

 

 

Hall of Fame

1995 Oct. MB The first inductee's into the Black Powder Hall of Fame. Bill Carver, Pa Keeler, E. M. "Red" Farris and Roland Harper.

 

1996 Merrill Deer, Turner Kirkland, Charles Haffner Jr., Maxine Moss. Posthumously Virgil Hartley Lisbon Ohio

 

1997 Sept. Hall of Fame Lt. Col. Vaughn K. Goodwin

 

1998 Max Vickery, Claude Willoughby, John Barsotti, Robert Bottomes Posthumously Lewis Sanchez, Powell Crosley, Boss Johnson and Walter Cline

 

1999 Robert “Bob” Watts, Vic Beason, Jack Rouse, Willie Boitnott and Helen Evans postumously Lee T Good, Morris Van Way

 

2000 Edward "Bud" Garrott, Webb Terry and Clark Frazier. Deceased were Wilfred Shaw and Sgt. Alvin C. York. Yorks award was accepted by four members of his family: grandsons, a son-in-law, and a nephew.

 

2001 Dave Boggs, Jim Doyle,, Deceased Walter Grote, LaDow Johnson & Don Schuerman

 

2002 Roy O. Kornmeyer, Wiliam Brockway, Jo Yocum & Liz Wilcoxon - Deceased H. Phil Orem and John Bivins, Jr.

 

2003 William Carmichael, Marshall H. Gardner, Dan Kindig, Robert Reiber & Roy O. Kornmeyer - Deceased Wes Kindig

 

2004 George Call, William A. (Bill) Roberts & Edwin D. (Tiny) Van Sant

 

2005 Thomas Schiffer & Ken Bresien

 

2006 James Booher, Deceased

 

2007 George Wortner &Harley Donaldson, John D. Baird - Deceased

 

2008 Charles “Chuck” Dixon, Dr. John “Jack” Riddell - Deceased

 

2004 December MB. Hall of Fame article. Max Vickery who had been Chairman of the Committee said that Dave Johnson, who has been on the committee since day one, has accepted the chair of this group from Max. Max said "There is no anger, no regrets, I just got tired and old, and have another project that requires time and trips to the range."

 

 

 

Phoenix:

 

1992 - 376 registered

1993 - 390 registered

1994 - 416 "

 

1997 - 353 "

1998 - 380 "

 

 

2002 - 347 “

2003 - 288 “

2004 - 283 “

2005 - 251 “

2006 - 274 “

2007 - 250 estimate - reports were that a lot of bad weather preceded the shoot.

2008 - 246 BTS people who went out said weather very nice, one really windy day

 

 

Traders in 2003 - 21, 2004 - 19, 2008 - 37

 

 

 

 

Dianna said at Phoenix 2008 Pistol had 57 shooters, and Denise said up 7 on total. June MB Presidents message said 246 registered shooters.

 


Pistol Match Program & Range Facility Evolution:

 

Early to 1945 In the early days the pistol match program normally consisted of a "Any C&B Multi-shot" match and a "Any C&P Pistol or Multi shot". The matches were 5 shots and shot at 5 rods (one rod = 5 1/2 yards. In the program they were referred to as Hand Gun A & B, until 1945 when 10 shot matches were started. The program for 1943 for the WLW - National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Annual Matches listed a total of 26 matches, 16 Rest Matches, 5 Offhand, Free Rifle, and one Offhand Prone plus National Championship match. With the exception of a women’s match at 5 rods, the rest and offhand matches were shot at 10, 20 & 40 rods (Rod = 5 1/2 yards).

 

1945 Prior to 1945, (1941-1944) pistol matches fired at the National were five (5) shot events fired at a standard American 50 yard pistol target at a distance of five (5) rods. The 1945 program announced such a schedule of matches. Harrell Noble who was to run the pistol matches was a day late and while Dunbar and others were helping set up the pistol range someone made a "the remark that the 5 shot pistol matches would be over almost before they started and further that 5 shots were not enough to test the skill of pistol shooters. Everyone agreed and before the match shooting started in the Fall of 1945, Harrell Noble decreed that henceforth all pistol matches would be ten (10) shots. Everyone was pleased. Pistol match progress was on the march!" First 10 shot pistol matches, shot at 5 rods, caplock and revolver. Harrell Noble - initial caplock record - 95, & B. G. Archambault - initial revolver record - 97 (He used a .44 Remington Cap & Ball revolver relined to shoot a .38 special bullet.).

 

 

1946 - 1951 In 1946 the distances were changed to yards, and increased to 4 matches. By accident Match 1-A was shot at 20 yards one day and 25 yards the rest of the match. The 400 point matches were 25 yard slow fire, revolver, revolver timed fire and 50 yard slow fire. Fall 1947 was the first time for a Pistol Grand Aggregate Championship - Robert Dunbar 339/400 (no overall match results available) and in 1948 the National Champ match is won by Rosalind Noble and there is a slow fire ag. winner. The match program lists a 25 yard re-entry match, cash payback; a re-entry match paying 5 places with 1st being 50 lbs. of sugar, and a novelty match "A Duelling Type Match For Fun". No results published for these matches. In

 

1947 Article on rapid firing of a revolver and comment that the Range Committee would appreciate any comments on this type of shooting for possible inclusion in the program. Article by Dunbar & Eveland indicates that a timed fire match was part of the 1947 fall shoot.

 

     Article in Muzzle Blasts, March 1947: The C&B Revolver for Three Stage Firing. Had the following description on "Ten shots timed fire at 25 yards, fired at the rate of five shots in 20 seconds. The usual procedure and commands for the firing and speed fire stages are as follows, with the shooter standing on the firing line with the pistol in "raised pistol" position and with the revolver loaded, capped and cocked:

  1.) Ready on the right.

  2.) Ready on the left.

  3.) Ready on the firing line.

  4.) A pause of three seconds during which the shooter levels and aims his gun.

  5.) A blast of a whistle to signal "commence firing:.

  6.) An elapse of twenty seconds for timed fire or ten seconds for rapid fire.

  7.) A blast of the whistle to signal "cease firing".

Shots starting before the starting whistle and shots after the stopping whistle has been blown are penalized ten points each.

 

1947 1st time for a Pistol Grand Aggregate Championship - Robert Dunbar 339/400. No other Pistol results were published for Fall 1947.

 

1948 Found note on Spring Shoot that said "The main Pistol Event produced the following Scores: (1) M. Youngstafel - 85, (2) Harry Meyer - 83, (3) Mrs M. L. Youngstafel - 76, and (4) Geo. Halston (a newcomer). With Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Youngstafel using the hand guns on the pistol range, there is sure to be some interesting attraction at the far end in the National." Article further said Mr. Marion Youngstafel and his wife took over the operation of the pistol matches. On Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Noble were in attendance. No other indication in article of other shooting that was done. The shoot was two days long.

 

1949 Spring Pistol program the food and novelty match are not listed, but a 10 shot, slow fire at 15 yds. using any .31 to .36 cal. revolver in "as issue" condition. No results for Spring were published. Fall 1949 results have only the basic 2 ags and 4 match program and a re-entry match.

 

1952 Fall - 1954 A 25 yard Flint Pistol match is added to regular program, and in Fall 1953 the Flint program in the fall is expanded to include 50 yards and Flint Pistol Champion Aggregate. Spring matches were still limited to a 25 yard match and continued through 1960.

 

1955 Fall The Fall program is expanded to 700 points with 25/50 yard Caplock, Flint and Revolver. Revolver also has a 10 shot Timed Fire, 2 - 5 shot strings, 20 seconds per string. There is now a Champion ag. for Revolver. Spring program remains 400 point Championship until 1960.

 

1955 Pistol has grown and acquired a range house. Eveland reported that 1954 was "five days of nothing but shooting". There were 59 competitors - 51 in the re-entry match. Until the fall of 1955, and Crawford Morton's "possible" 100/100, there had been fired only one "clean" target, Al Steuer in 1943 scored a 50/50 at five rods. Indeed prior to Mortons's target only two, Dunbar in 1952 and Robert Furst in 1953 had made the 50 Club, that is had fired five consecutive tens in either the first or second five shots of the ten shot string.

 

Al Steuer became Pistol Range Officer, and remained until 1965

 

1955 Fall Championship - Crawford Morton, Haffner, Robert Dunbar 603/601/597 of 700. Picture in scores Sept. 55 show the pistol target. At this time there is no "X" ring and the first "X" count does not show up in scores until Fall 1957. Offhand shooting has grown to 4 - 25yd.; 2 50 yd. and a 100 yard match. There are 23 rest matches on rifle line. 557 registered shooters in 1955.

 

700 point championship consisted of 25 & 50 yard matches with caplock, flintlock and revolver, plus 2 five shot revolver strings shot in 20 seconds per string.

 

400 point championship consisted of 25 & 50 yd slow fire aggregate, a 25 yd slow fire revolver match, and a 25 yard timed fire match for the revolver.

 

1956 As Issue is just developing & only specific revolvers allowed at this time.

 

1956 Fall The program is expanded to 1000 points with the addition of Limited Time Fire matches (Times same as today) to each of the three pistols. The program is also re-arranged into todays format of matches 1 - 14, with one to four being caplock 25, 25 LTF, 50

yards and Ag championship of the three matches.

 

 

July 1958 article says to help ease breaking ties the rule of using most X's, then farthest shot from center to break ties was put into place.

 

1961 Spring The spring program is expanded to 600 points and is lined up like todays 1 - 6, Championship match 7. Only other match reported is a re-entry. As Issue revolver match for 1st time. Before few matches, but narrowly defined what As Issue revolver could be used.

 

1961 Members of the "100 Club" were listed as Crawford Morton, W.A. Carver, Robert Kiser, John Kromer, Lloyd Fetters and Max Schneider. Fedders had done His with a revolver, and was the first to do so. 1st time for todays 600 point aggregate.

 

1962 Fall - 1973 A beginners match (basically 1st timers match) is added to Fall Program and continues until 1973.

 

1963 Fall Now a Master & Expert Class. Writeup on Fall matches said beginners match, more accurately First Timers' match drew eighteen entrants, 33 in re-entry match and an "as-issue" match for guns having original type sights and grips - having been given no publicity, drew but five entrants.

 

1964 Al Steuer match starts in Spring, 25 shots in 45 minutes, and classified in 1976. In 1964 relays were 45 minutes long. Spring shoot increased to 3 days and Fall to 7. Spring now has a "As issued" match. No adjustable sights or special grips. Also the first timers match was started in 1964.

 

1965 Spring Shoot program consisted of 25/50 yard Caplock, Revolver, and Flint lock, Championship, a Beginners Match, As Issue and 25 yard Re-entry. The Fall program adds Limited Time Fires to each and the 10 shot timed fire in Revolver. No As-Issue shown for Fall, with the 25 shot, 50 yd., 45 min. relay match. All matches were $1.25 and 50 cents for re-entry targets after 1st. All practice targets were 25 cents each.

 

1966 - 1974 There is a "National Regional Pistol Championship" match, 25/50 yard slow fire.

 

1966 Spring shoot - Virgil Hartley handled the Pistol matches, aided by all, especially Bill Gerwin. July 66 p28 - Thanks to Virgil Hartley as Pistol Range Officer, who is stepping down due to health. Jan. 67 Al Steuer listed again as Pistol Chief, Range Officer. Aug. 66 Fall Pistol program shows two classes (Master/Expert), matches are $1.25, Re-entry $1.25/50 cents and all practice targets are 25 cents. Relays are 45 minutes.

 

 

Nov. 1966 Pistol Matches article. In the article it says Haffner fired a 100-2X with the revolver and became the first person to fire a 100 with all three pistols, and is at this time the only person to fire a 100 with a flinter. The 100-4X with the flinter in 1962 in the LTF match is still the record in 2001 for this match.

 

1966 Writeup in Nov. MB - At the Pistol Range said “11 have now earned Master Class.

 

1967 Spring As-Issue is a 25/50 yard match with medal for the ag score only, and Fall has a LTF match.

 

1967 Pistol Program: Beginning in Spring of 1967 and going until Spring 1973 there was a 1st timers match. The match was for those shooting on the pistol line for the 1st time.

 

 

1968 Ladies and Junior match added, Juniors only in the Fall until 1971, and Ladies became two stages, 25 & 50 yards, in Fall 1969. Charles Haffner III won 1st Juniors Match with a 83. Also says we now have a new "100" patch that will be issued to any pistol shooter qualifying for same at Friendship. This new patch will distinguish the Pistol Shooter from those "guys and gals" who have to use both hands to get their scores.

 

1969 In Fall 50 yard re-entry starts. It was established as a Memorial match to Robert Dunbar and the departed pistol shooter Percy Haynes of Columbia, Tenn.

 

1970 July Scores: "100 Club" match, with a Flint pistol at 25 yards, shows up for first time. Richard (Richie) Bauer fired only “possible” 100 during the match. Capt Schneider only shot one match, ‘100 club’, and shot a 99-3X, which established the record for this match. In the fall shoot Capt. Schneider shot a 100-5X in the match. Also in the Fall shoot Bob Reiber shot in the First Timers match. August MB had scores and they included Leg Scores to date, list of Master class shooters (20 total), Expert Class ( 15 total), list of 100 Club members, and Record Pistol scores.

 

1970 July MB Pistol Report "The Range extension had been completed, so new shooting benches had to be constructed. The target line had to be completely "rebuilt"."

 

1971 Nov. Scores: Walter Walsh shot 97 in 1st timers match.

 

1973 Dec. 73/Jan. 74 MB From the Pistol Shack. "Throwing modesty to the wind, we want to crow a little about our newly "remodeled" range. True at first glance, our color coded target frames (red/white/blue) resembled tryouts for the American Flag. But the venture paid off. In eight days of scoring targets (1329), I can recall only two crossfires.

 

1973 Scores Dec. 73/Jan. 74 - Col. Walter Walsh shot in the matches. He was former Commandant of the Marine Marksmanship School. He was coach of the Olympics Pistol team in Munich last year.

 

1975 International Match starts. Pistol Committee added a Registration Fee of $1.00 to defray the cost of targets and practice covers. Aug. MB - Pistol Shots. Jackie Dettloff was the center of attention, for she scored a Ladies First, a "possible" in Match 1. Jackie Deltoff not only Shot first Ladies 25 yard 100 with 3x’s, but a 87-X @ 50 and a total of 187-4X all of which were Ladies Records.

 

1976 Seniors Match starts, Renamed Henry Palmer Seniors Match in 2000. Start of Marksman Class.

 

1977 Fall bulletin. It was a nice experience to have sufficient target frames so that no one had to wait for a spot on the line. We owe the work party crew that built the 15 frames at both 25 & 50 yards and the 4 loading benches. While our 60 firing positions are a blessing ... In the spring a new procedure was also started. They packaged targets, stapled together, etc. Shooter will be responsible for posting correct target, stapling their own targets. Bring a Stapler. This will eliminate waiting in line to pick up a target prior to start of each relay.

 

1978 Replica Revolver International Match, became Bob Kiser Replica Revolver match in 1992. Fall program will not have the revolver 20 second timed fire. To be replaced by 13 shot international target.

 

1978 Spring bulletin said there would be a work party scheduled for Aug. to complete the 14, 50 yard target frames. They were made possible when earth was removed from the hillside, on the right end of the range. It was far to muddy this spring to work on 50 yard target frames. This was also the year that the revolver (two 5 shots strings of 20 second each), was discontinued and replaced with the International Target. Some of the reasons were program getting to big, not enough help to run the timed fire, plus it is extremely difficult a) to give the same commands to every one the same way b) to adhere to the 20 sec. time period, c) to accurately determine what constitutes an alibi, a gun malfunction or shooter malfunction and then apply decisions equally across the range.

 

1978 Pistol Committee: In 1978-79 committee was Reiber/Shaffner/Marty - Max Schneider and Charles Haffner. In Fall 79 Max and Charlie gone, Robert Byrd, Ralph Highsmith and Robert Swain on. 1980 Russ Combs on. 1982 Walp/Swain/Baird/Spoon/Steele added. In 1985 Swain/Spoon/Combs off and Beltz/Stoner/Wlloughby on.

 

1979 Fall Pistol: A Kentucky style pistol match is added to the match program. You can use Flint or Percussion. It’s 25 yard only.

 

1982 Notes off Pistol Bulletin. The rules for the Replica rev. were to be put in place for 1983 that are essentially the ones in use in 1999. The awards were reduced to one place for the Kentucky Pistol match because, except for master class, not enough were shooting it to pay for the medals. Concern over possibly canceling the match if not supported.

 

1983 Prior to 1983 the As-Issue match was the only match specifically for original or replica Traditional Style muzzle loading firearms. It was not restricted to revolvers, any original or replica of a traditional firearm could be used, including both revolvers and Kentucky style muzzle loading (percussion or flint). Starting in Spring 1983 the match was restricted to As Issue Revolvers. Starting with the spring shoot the 25 yard Kentucky match was classified. These matches evolved into the Traditional Ag. we have in 2003. In 1983 the Ladies Championship match became a separate match. Prior to this it had be the result of Match 1 & 2 in the Spring and 1 & 3 in the Fall.

 

1986 Fall 85 Pistol newsletter said 3 work sessions scheduled for Spring 86. Work mentioned was for bench supports, rebuilding entire 25 & 50 yard lines, walk through’s and installation of forward rain cover. In addition 120 feet of firing line pad was put down.

 

1987 Pistol Newsletter says the firing line cement pad has been completed. Total is 212' long, 5' wide and took total of 14 yards of concrete. Date in concrete is 6 June 87

 

1987 Traditional Ag. started with Kentucky & As Issue Pistols. Ky. has 50 yd. added. It is a 400 point ag. in short shoot & 500 point ag. in long shoot.

 

1990 Spring Pistol: A Kentucky Flint agg. Is added to the program. It is not part of the Traditional Agg. The Flint is not added to the Traditional Agg. until Spring 1992 and it is now a 700 & 600 point agg. The match was renamed the Bill Carver Traditional Agg. in honor of many time champion Bill Carver.

 

1992 Bob Reiber Unlimited Match 50/100 yards, unlimited sights, 2 hand hold allowed.

 

1994 Junior Championship is two 25 yard targets and starting in 94 anyone who shot a ag total over 150 will be classified as a Marksman.

 

1994 Husband & Wife match started as just a fun match and wasn't in Match Program until Fall 1995. 25/50 yard target and declare who will shoot which target at time of purchase.

 

1994 Fall Started Seniors Optical and wasn't in Match program until Fall 1995. Initially over 65, any sights allowed. After several years two hand holds and in 2000 age lowered to 55.

 

1999 Chatttanooga Light Birgade Match (medals provided by them) started at short shoots only. Caplock/Flintlock/Revolver, 5 shots in 10 minutes starting with unloaded gun. May be shot in 3 different relays.

 

2001 Fall shoot Claude Willoughby Optical Ag. - Optic sights req. & classified Nov. 10, 01 Small work party put a raised deck under the pistol shack porch to eliminate steps in front of the windows.

 

2002 Work party - 9 additional positions added at 50 yards, and Flint shields put up and painted.

 

2003 A Flag Pole was installed on the pistol line. The pole was paid for by donations from the members of the Distinguished Master group. Pole base was completed by John & Sarah Ems, Richie Bauer and Jerry Middendorf. John Ems leveled the porch roof and a number of firing line benches.

 

2004 Rule clarification by the pistol committee. 1) A malfunction of a red dot sight or battery is allowable under rule 6280. 2) The use of flintlock pistol in the percussion LTF is allowable and rule 6290.2 will apply is such cases. 3) Remember that rule 6060.4 does not allow trigger stops, external or internal, in As-Issue revolvers.

 

2005 May Workparty: Pistol line built new credenza and work tales at tower and 2 new picnic tables. Several volunteers made themselves and all the target frames at 25 and 50 yards got painted.

 

2006 May Work Party: Pistol had a very good work party, while overall turnout was quite low. Pistol painted the target frames, front and rear benches, including the numbers, also the tower complex & rear guard rail. A number of backstops and front bench supports were reinforced.

 

2006 June Shoot: Pistol started a weekly 50 & 100 yard cash reentry match. Provisional rules: 1) Offhand style pistol, any sight, ball or bullet. 2) You may use a stool or kneel for your firing position 3) The pistol forward of the trigger guard may be placed on a rest. The grip may not be rested, but must be held by one or both hands, with the muzzle forward of the bench. 4) Nothing may be attached to the bench, no screws, bolts, clamps, straps, cords, etc. of any kind is allowed. 5) Stools and rests to be provided by shooter.

 

 

Classes Expert - 1963 Sharpshooter - Fall 1969 Marksman - 1976

 

 

Traditional Ag. Development - From Pistol newsletters, old programs, etc.

 

1976     Shoot program shows that the As Issue has Stages A,B,C, and has a L.T.F in the long shoot.

 

1979     A 25 yd. Kentucky or Kentucky Flint pistol match was added in Fall Program

1983     Ky. pistol match classified in Spring 1983. Only a 25 yd. match.

1987     Traditional Ag., Ky. & As Issue Pistols started. Ky. has 50 yd. added. It is a 400 point ag. in short shoot & 500 point ag. in long shoot.

1990     A Kentucky Flint match is added. 25 and 50 yd. slow fire.

1992     Traditional Ag. is now Ky., Ky. Flint and As Issue

 

 

If anyone has any additional information on pistol shooting, range improvements or other data please forward to Howard Young and I will add to the history. Will continue to add other information as time permits.