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Muzzleloading is the shooting sport of firing muzzleloading guns. Muzzleloading guns, both antique and reproduction, are used for target shooting, hunting, historical re-enactment and historical research. The sport originated in the United States in the 1930s, just as the last original users and makers of muzzleloading arms were dying out. The sport received a tremendous boost in the 1960s and 1970s. The Muzzle Loaders Associations International Committee (www.MLAIC.org) was formed in 1970 and held its first World Championship in 1971. Since then a flourishing industry manufacturing working reproductions of historic firearms now exists in the United States and Europe, particularly in northern Italy near Gardone. In the United States muzzleloading guns are, subject to a number of qualifications, generally not considered firearms. Subject to state law they may be possessed by persons who might otherwise not be legally allowed to own a firearm.The American National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association holds two national tournaments a year in Friendship, Indiana as well as the Western National Shoot Event held in Phoenix, Ariz..
The Muzzle Loaders Associations International Committee (MLAIC) governs international competition with muzzle-loading arms. The MLAIC holds a Short Range World Championship in even-numbered years and a Long Range World Championship (300 to 1000 yards) on odd numbered years (South Africa has won the last 5 Long Range World Championships).

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  1. Nosferatu

    Just as I discover a 12ga muzzleloading adapter...

    I just ordered a Henry single shot 12ga shotgun today. I know, I know, not BP, wrong section, dimbleweed. Bear with me. I have wanted the .22LR insert for a long time for one of these as well, so I go to order one from https://www.gunadapters.com Wile looking around, I come across this: which...
  2. B

    Muzzleloading double barrel with bayonette storage in the stock.

    This is different, at least to me. Some kind of muzzleloader with a bayonette that stores in the stock when not in use. It is listed as an unknown caliber. Kind of neat. If I had the shekles to spend it would be mine. https://www.naturabuy.fr/Fusil-juxtapose-avec-baionnette-item-7250523.html
  3. CountryGent

    Introducing youth to muzzleloading?

    Sort of a tangent on other threads (and the fact we're getting set to have wee ones active in 4—H); how should one go about introducing young people to the wonderful world of muzzleloaders? Tips, tricks, or pitfalls to avoid? Thanks. :)
  4. tac

    World Championship Muzzleloading Comps from Hungary....

    I hope that I might be forgiven for putting this here, rather than in the muzzleloading section, but it seems that apart from Andy and me, and maybe a coupla others who might be interested, not many go there. Many of us here watch Youtube, and I guess that a goodly number of us have watched...
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