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 July Newsletter

Burbank Muzzle Loaders Newsletter 

July 2019  

Notice, We are now able to use OUR range at any time we wish.  The day and a half thing is over. If you need a key to the target house see Tom at the range. Just sign at the office and sign the book in the range house. Leave range fee on the clipboard.


On June 23rd, Burbank Muzzleloaders had a work party, and boy, did the people sweat! Among some of the more laborious accomplishments were the removal of the leaky roofing material from the roof over the box stove and the “weed trimming” in front of the dingers for the following week’s walkthrough, which could be likened to a scene out of the Colombian jungle in the movie Romancing the Stone! You needed a machete to hack out a path in front of some targets. The weeds were, in reality, almost like bushes that were as high as an elephant’s eye. Needless to say, we were all thoroughly exhausted and sore from the day’s “deforestation.”

Those efforts were not in vain, for on June 30th, Burbank Muzzleloaders successfully held a fifth-Sunday trail-walk match, its second of the year. Thanks to the scrupulous clearing the week prior, the dingers proudly distinguished themselves from their backdrops quite clearly. Although being a tad warm, all in all, it was a beautiful day with some great marksmanship. Lee Bowman came in first with a score of 19, Eric Blakely second with 18, and John Clevenger third with 17. Also, let us not forget that he who wins the highest cumulative score for all four walkthroughs of 2019 will win four Morgan silver dollars and one Peace 1921 dollar, all graciously donated by Tom Trevor. As can be seen, by the scores above, this can be anybody’s win! Don’t miss out!

And the amazing events continue- on July 7th, Burbank Muzzleloaders held its annual Fourth of July picnic sparked off by a flintlock match hosted by John Clevenger. The challenges were standing rifle shots at pennies, bottle caps, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, and playing cards, the shooter having to completely split the latter. The revolutionary rifleman who shot all with the lowest cumulative score was to be the victor. Eric Blakely miraculously scored by hitting three targets on the first attempt and two on the second. Frankly, he is still dumbfounded by how it even happened, but it simply did, and that’s that. Lee came in second with 27 and Alan third with a score of 28. Lastly, the potluck that day made lunchtime especially relaxing, facilitating some rather engaging conversation.

To follow that amazing week, on July 14th Burbank Muzzleloaders held it's annual Any Gun Bench-Rest Match also hosted by John Clevenger, the match being 10 shots at 200 yards and 10 at 100. Lee Bowman, who had said that he wasn’t feeling so confident earlier in the morning, nevertheless won the match with a score of 197-7x. John Clevenger was a close second with 196-5x and Sam Baseman third with 185-2x.

Finally, Burbank Muzzleloaders’ next match will be a silhouette match to be held on August 11th with chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rams at 50, 70, 80, and 100 yards, respectively. It’s always interesting to see who clanked the most prey and with which rifle, for the match tends to lend itself to a different victor each time. Perhaps it could be you with some rifle you’ve kept tucked away for a while.

As you can see, our calendar as of late has been an eventful one, so consider making it a point to come on out and say hello every so often if we haven’t seen you.  

BML Eric


Shooter of the Year

  Artie Sam Lee John Tom T. Josh Eric B.   Jonnu L. Jeff Eley Skip    
Artie Sam Lee John Tom T. Josh Eric B. Jon L. Jeff Eley Skip
January - Shooter Year 12 16 8 4 20
February - Silhouette 10 12 10 3 3 10
March - Cart. Walk-Thru 8 20 12 4 16
April - Silhouette 11 10 11 3 4 4
May - Musket 12 20 16 8 4
June - Silhouette 8 11 10 9 9 7 1
July - Benchrest 12 20 16 4 8
August - Silhouette 8 11 10 3 8 2
September - Springfield Rifle
October - Silhouette
November - Turkey
December -
X-mas Agg of 10
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