The NMLRA with Mr. Flintlock



Shooting USA - The NMLRA With Mr. Flintlock

We’re slowing things down for Muzzle Loading and Living History in Friendship, Indiana at the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s Nationals. It’s one part competition and one part living history from the 1820s. And we’ve got George Sutton - Mr. Flintlock from Impossible Shots - as our guide to the people and the competition that draws folks to black powder. Plus, the long story of the 1911s that are now History’s Guns. Then, John reports from Hollywood with the cowboy guns from the movies. And JP shows you how to choose and set your zero.

NMLRA with Mr. Flintlock

38-12-1We’re slowing things down and returning to the past, with flint and steel and black powder. It’s the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s National Matches that are both competition and living history from the early 18-hundreds.  For over 80 years, members of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association have come to Friendship, Indiana to shoot black powder in friendly competition. 

Every spring and fall, thousands of members of the NMLRA come to the Walter Cline Range in Friendship to compete and participate in all things black powder.   

38-12-3And where else would you expect to find Mr. Flintlock himself, our own George Sutton from Impossible Shots. As George will tell you, there’s a lot going on at an NMLRA event in Friendship.   

They have black powder cartridge, flintlock rifles, caplock rifles, Inline rifles, pistols, you name it, they have it. You want to throw Tomahawks, come to Friendship and compete. There’s a match for almost anything true to the era of black powder shooting.  

38-12-4On the primitive range, you see white-wall tents, tee-pees, everybody’s walking around in period correct dress and participating in all different forms of primitive type competitions from the gatherings when hunters would come down from the mountains to trade furs and socialize.  

But the primitive range is about more than just competition. The NMLRA is living history reaching back to the settlers and pioneers who expanded the frontier of the nation westward. 


National Muzzle Loading Rifle Assn. Website

History's Guns - John Browning’s 1911

38-12-5In the history of firearms, none has been more successful, and more revered than the 1911 Government Model. Chambered in .45 ACP, the 1911 served the U.S. in WWI and II, the Korean War, and in Vietnam. The 1911 Government Model is now one of History’s Guns.


ISS Movie Guns

38-12-7When it comes to the accurate portrayal of firearms in Hollywood, there are a handful of companies that make sure the job is done right. One of the biggest is Independent Studio Services near Thousand Oaks, California. Larry Zanoff is our guide this time through some of the many notable western genre guns from both television and the movies. 

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Independent Studio Services


Corvettes and Clays

38-12-13Since 1981 Bowling Green Kentucky has been the birthplace for every Chevrolet Corvette. Every Labor Day weekend, they come from all over the country to Bowling Green Kentucky, to celebrate the iconic American muscle car, the Corvette. This year, the gathering celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum. And the first look at the new mid-engine design C8 Corvette, due out in 2020. Plus, the Rock-Castle Shooting Center was welcoming Corvette owners with their newest addition, the Cave Mountain Clays course. For the weekend, it was the Corvettes and Clays event.

National Corvette Museum

Rockcastle Shooting Center


Pro Tip - JP on Choosing Your Zero

38-12-14You’ve got your new scope that’s matched to your new rifle, but now you have to set your zero and that means choices 100 yards, 200, 300?  John Paul of JP Enterprises has a Pro Tip for us on how to make that choice and then how to true up your zero with just three shots.







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