This site is dedicated to all the members of the Burbank Muzzle Loaders club. There are members from when the club was located in the Saugus/Newhall area, to new members that have only known the Piru area. No matter how long or how short you have been a member, this is a site for you. Hopefully, it will bring in some new people who would like to know more about muzzle loading, and did not know where to ask questions or find a place to shoot close to them. This is a club full of wonderful and helpful men, and women!!


Burbank Muzzleloaders March Newsletter

Burbank Muzzleloaders Newsletter 

March 2017 


March 12th we had 11 shooters attending for the annual cartridge only trail walk, sponsored by Tom Trevor. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the eighties, and relatively no wind. However, the sun was very intense and the glare on your sights made it almost impossible to see the targets. As a result, most of the scores were relatively low. Jannu Lorentson pulled away from the rest of us mediocre shooters with a gigantic score (comparatively) of seventeen.


He was able to accomplish this partly because of a tiny piece of ivory installed into the tip of his iron front sight, which glows like a little light bulb when it’s in the sun, allowing you to see it through all the glare. After the match, I held up his rifle and looked across the sights, and it was amazing. There were several varieties of sights like these that were made back in the day for just that reason. Now jannu is a great shot and probably would have beaten us anyway, but this little feature on his front sight was I’m sure, a big help. Nicely done Jannu. Knowing how things usually are with shooters, I’ll bet everyone will be scrambling to find one of these useful sights. I know I will.



The next highest score was a ten, shot by six of us. That’s right, a six way tie for second and third place. It was settled by a list of specific tiebreaking shots along the course of fire. Second place was taken by John Clevenger (myself), and third place was won by Tom Trevor. The prizes were healthy portions of very useful and expensive items like powder, primers, and cleaning patches. Nice match Tom! We always look forward to it.


   Next month the match will be silhouettes, held on the ninth of April. Come on out, and knock over some steel.


   The escrow has not yet closed on the sale of the property. It’s supposed to do so on the third of April. Hopefully it won’t. If it does, and we are to remain, things will be a bit different concerning range and match fees. The numbers haven’t been discussed in any great detail yet, but our rent is going to rise considerably, which is going to have a doubling effect on our range and match fees. Even at that, we will still be shooting at a reasonable rate, compared to any other facility. However, the big difference is that it will no longer be “our” range. We will be leasing it on a daily instead of a yearly basis, which is why we’ve been able to enjoy relatively low shooting fees for so long, without having to worry too much about how many people show up every Sunday. We will also be paying monthly rent on the space occupied by the shed where we keep targets and tools. If escrow closes, and we are to keep shooting on Sundays, and Wednesdays everything is going to depend on attendance. Hopefully things will turn out in our favor and these buyers will get cold feet and bail out.


    That’s it for now, so until next time, SEE YOU AT THE RANGE, our survival depends on it!


                    Burbank Muzzleloaders, the place we’d like to keep shooting at!





Shooter of the Year

  Artie Sam Lee John Tom T. Josh Eric B. Eli Jonnu L. John Moore Skip Cliff P.  
Artie Sam Lee John Tom T. Josh Eric B. Eli Jon L. John Moore Skip Cliff P.
January - Shooter Year 16 20 8 12 4
February - Silhouette 4 10 11 13 6 7 6 4 8 2
March - Cart. Walk-Thru 4 8 16 12 20
April - Silhouette
May - Musket
June - Silhouette
July - Benchrest
August - Silhouette
September - Springfield Rifle
October - Silhouette
November - Turkey
December -
X-mas Agg of 10
Total 4 30 19 49 18 0 15 0 38 4 !ERROR! undefined variable 'l' 6 0




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