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Burbank Muzzleloaders September Newsletter


Burbank Muzzleloaders Newsletter September 2019


On September 8th, Burbank Muzzleloaders held its annual Springfield Trapdoor match, hosted by Tom Trevor. Although it was warm, the weather was not stifling hot, and the low wind facilitated a great day of marksmanship. Eight riflemen were in attendance for a rather involved match that included three separate rounds, resulting in a lot of lead being slung downrange. Full-length rifles were used for 15 shots at the bench at 200 yards. Lee Bowman came in first with 75 4V, Eric Blakely second with 74 4V, and Tom Trevor third with 74 3V. The others were not far behind either, allowing all of us to confidently proclaim that we’re good enough to be dangerous!

Carbines were used for 15 shots offhand at 100 yards. Somehow, “blind” Sam Baseman miraculously came in first with 65; talk about a shot in the dark! John Clevenger came in second with 61 and Jannu Lorentson third with 60. Again, all the others were right behind them. Boy, do those carbines jump around when you shoot ‘em! What a big group on paper! I can understand the Indians not being as scared of the cavalry when compared to the infantry. Anyway, carbines seem to be for quick and dirty up close.

This year, the final round of the match was five standing shots at the 500-yard gong since our 400 yarder remains defunct and may not ever be resurrected. God’s hands will need to aid us in such a herculean task. Notwithstanding, the 500-yard gong had many opportunities to proudly sing. Modest Lee Bowman landed three of his five shots, and most of the rest of us scored one or two. All in all, it was a great match, and people had a gay ol’ time! Thanks, Tom, for your generous prizes of powder, primers, caps, and patches. It’s all the necessary stuff to keep us black powder shooters well fed. 

Burbank Muzzleloaders’ next match will be its third walkthrough of the year to be held on September 29th. Recall that there is a cumulative tally of this year’s scores to be culminated following the final walkthrough at the end of the year. Could it be you who will win the prize of four Morgan dollars and one Peace dollar, generously donated by Tom Trevor?

Next month’s match, to be held on October 13th, will be silhouettes at our normal yardages. Let’s not underestimate the difficulty of the rustic nature of silhouette shooting in all its elegance. The match always seems to highlight a different rifleman who fortuitously connected well with his piece that day.

Of latest interest, Burbank Muzzleloaders will have a black powder shotgun bonanza this Sunday, September 15th next door at the old Unique range. Laura, in the main office, has been gracious in letting us use the thrower for the day. Come one; come all and bring out your Granddad’s shotgun and get those birds! It should be a real blast! A singular day like this may have the potential for a repeat. Hmmmm, could a new match creep into our annual match schedule?

Well, that’s all for now, folks. Don’t forget about Burbank Muzzleloaders, the place to shoot!




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 20 4 12 16 8
October - Silhouette
November - Turkey
December -
X-mas Agg of 10
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