Black Powder Shooting
Our property at the Florida Frontiersmen hosts a number of ranges for black powder competiton. While not all ranges are in use each month, the ranges are:
- Paper Range – Covered loading stations: 25 yds; 50 yds; 100 yds.
- Two Hundred Range – Covered loading stations: 100 yds; 200 yds.
- Primitive Range – 25 yds to 50 yds, over 20 objects.
- Trade Gun Range – 20 yds to 50 yds, over 20 objects.
- Woods Walk – over 20 stations, shoot as our ancestors did, out of your bag.
- Shotgun Range – manual and automatic projecting of clays
- Knife and Hawk – Cypress blocks
- Primitive Archery – 20 station woodland course with life size objects.
The Florida Frontiersmen meet once a month to shoot a paper aggregate on our range. Primitive attire not required. We also hold a monthly hawk and knife competition. Prizes are given out to top shooters and throwers. The Saturday afternoon of our meeting weekend we have a general business meeting and seminar to share knowledge and information relevant to our historical/shooting interests. All participants must read and sign our Range Rules. Check our schedule of events for dates and times.
General Rules applicable at all club functions:
i) Black powder only
ii) Caplock, number 10/11 or musket cap
v) Can use single or double set triggers
vi) All firelocks must have a “half cock” position or equivalent to render the gun safe and the trigger ineffective
vii) Open sights, buckhorn sights and peep sights all fixed without assistance of optics
viii) To be used on the Trade gun range, a smooth bore, flintlock with a front beaded sight or blade only
ix) Round ball with patch – no sabots and/or formed conical projectiles – all loading must be done from the muzzle not the breach. See exceptions for cartridge matches at State events. Buckshot must be used on the shotgun range. No brass or paper cartridges can be used to load firelocks on any range
x) No inline black powder rifles and/or pistols can be used on any range
xi) Navy, Colt and other revolvers of the mid-1800’s, can be used provided that only one cylinder is loaded at a time
xii) Spotting scopes and tripods are permitted when set up behind the loading tables on the paper range. No modern spotting scopes are permitted on primitive and woods walks
xiii) Wooden loading and supply boxes are preferred but modern boxes are accepted.
Rules for the Alafia River Rendezvous – the objective of this event is to use firelocks readily available prior to 1840. Exceptions to the above rules in (1) are:
i) Open sights and buckhorn sights only – peep sites are prohibited from object ranges and for use in a final shoot off
ii) No Navy, Colt and other revolvers with a cylinder (this category includes Colt Walker, Navy ’51 and ’61)
iii) No modern spotting scopes are permitted. Antique or reproduction telescopes are permitted when hand held for any range.
iv) If loading boxes are not wooden, they must be covered in burlap or canvas when carried to and from the range.
For State Shoots – are defined by match type and firelocks may be limited to competing in groups. Exceptions to the above rules in (1) are:
i) Brass cartridge black powder firearms with conical projectiles can compete together in a “open rifle” or “bench rifle” match using conical projectiles.
ii) Peep sights can be used in any match that is classified as “open rifle” or “bench rifle.”
i) All matches are offhand unless otherwise stated.
ii) Pistols are to be held with one hand.
iii) No slings on rifles for adults – exceptions made for Junior Shooters
iv) All firelocks are subject to inspection and approval by the Chief Range Officer
Come join us – we are at the Range House.