brings celebrity appeal
years event features
Tom Sellecks movie gun collection
FRIENDSHIP, Ind. (June 2007) The National
Muzzle Loading Rifle Association in Friendship, Ind., will hold its
week-long celebration of all things relating to the sport and history
of muzzleloading June 9-17. Black powder shooting competitions, Early
American living history demonstrations and classes, museum displays,
youth activities, and some of the finest commercial vendors in the muzzleloading
community will be available to see.
weaving and gunmaking
are part of the demonstrations
to be seen.
The National Spring Shoot is an opportunity to view an
important part of our nations heritage in operation. The event
grounds are located in southeastern Indiana about forty miles from Cincinnati.
Public attendance is welcome and encouraged.
Actor Tom Sellecks movie guns will be featured in a special exhibit
at the NMLRAs Rand House Museum on June 9-10. Sellecks firearms
were used in several of his films and then donated to the National Rifle
Associations National Firearms Museum. These outstanding pieces
from movie history are on loan to the NMLRA Museum for the duration
of the National Shoot.
Fans of Tom Sellecks films will recognize guns the actor used
in Quigley Down Under, Last Stand at Saber River,
Crossfire Trail, and Monte Walsh. Items of interest
to Lewis and Clark buffs will be on display June 9-16.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9-10; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m
on June 11-16.
A highlight of the Nationals is the interactive living history program
featured in the Primitive Encampment. Located on the banks of Laughery
Creek, the Primitive Encampment serves to remind both visitor and participant
alike of the importance of the historical heritage behind the sport
At various times throughout the Nationals, visitors might be treated
to the sounds of a French Canadian duo or hammer dulcimer and bagpipe
music. Scheduled programs and traditional crafts artisans include an
oxen team, a frontier scout horse encampment, basketmaking, weaving,
18th century medicine, and many more living history demonstrations in
camps scattered throughout the Primitive Encampment. Classes include
ones devoted to the arts of bowmaking and hornmaking.
Special activities are planned for children, including butter churning,
glass bead stringing, an archaeology class, costume try-on booth and
National-class competitive muzzleloading shooting is a strong focus
of this gathering. There are so many matches that there is truly something
for shooters of all skill levels, and with all types of muzzleloading
equipment. Win, lose, or draw, all the matches are enjoyable, and a
great opportunity to learn by shooting with the best.
A special feature of the competition area is the Youth Range, developed
by the NMLRA as a way to safely teach children how to shoot muzzleloading
firearms and get them involved and engaged in the sport at a young age.
To see truly fine examples of craftsmanship, visit Gunmakers Hall
during the Nationals. Exhibited at this facility are some of the finest
examples of modern gunbuilding by todays master craftspeople.
The Commercial Vendor area features a myriad of muzzleloading guns and
supplies for the serious shooter or the enthusiastic beginner. Many
rows of booths offer merchandise ranging from guns and gun parts to
books, period clothing, leather goods, and other supplies relating to
The Commercial Vendors offer a wonderful opportunity to listen and learn
from the experts in the hobby. In addition, the Primitive Area on the
event grounds provides for some interesting browsing and buying amongst
the quality vendors of period merchandise and historical crafts.
Handicap parking is available. No pets are allowed except assistance
animals. Gate hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9-17. Admission is
charged for visitors 16 and up, and part of the parking fee benefits
the American Legion.
For more information on the NMLRAs National
Spring Shoot and the living arts programming, call 1-800-745-1493 or
Visitors attending the National Spring Shoot might also be interested
in another area attraction, the two Flea Markets that are adjacent to
the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Associations event grounds.
Flea Market activities are ongoing throughout the National Spring Shoot
and hours vary.
For information in regards to the Flea Markets,
contact the Old Mill Campground and Flea Markets Gary Stutler
at (812) 667-5322 and the Friendship Flea Markets Jan Schnell
at (859) 341-9188 or (812) 667-5645. Or visit: www.friendshipfleamarket.com.
For directions to the site, and information
about hotel and motel facilities and other area attractions, contact
the Ripley County Tourism Bureau office at 1-888-747-5394 or visit:
Back to June 2007 Articles.