Category Archives: Shooting

A Gift From Robert Campbell

I recently received a new rifle from Robert Campbell as a token of appreciation for saving his life.  You see, back in the spring of 1829, I lost mine while rescuing him from the Blackfeet.  We were at a place … Continue reading

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A Tough Target

At the Western Territorials in Kansas they presented a couple of tough targets: I have recreated the targets from the feathers I shot.  Distance was about 15 yards.  Cut the two feathers where they cross and cut the single feather … Continue reading

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A New Bag

This weekend I made myself a new bullet pouch.  It is a two compartment pouch from the Mountain Man sketch book vol 2.  The flap is covered with hair on bear hide as pictured in the sketchbook on Mariano Modena’s bag.  I … Continue reading

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Gabe the Shootist

When I was growing up many of us had nicknames.  Not from our parents but names our friends called us.  Similar to today’s camp names that folks get at a rendezvous.  It was a term of endearment.  It showed you were … Continue reading

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Influences that made me want to be a Mountain Man.

Back during the Middle ages when I was an impressionable youth, several things came together to make me want to become a Mountain Man. When I was 12 years old I joined the Boy Scouts for the second time.(The first … Continue reading

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Cleaning Muzzleloaders

A few years ago I was looking for a quicker, easier way to clean my muzzle loaders.  I was tired of using hot soapy water because the risk of rusting.  I had tried various solvents but wasn’t satisfied with the … Continue reading

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Shooting Flintlocks

Paul Valandigham has written a great article about making flintlocks shoot.  It helped me to become a better flint shooter and I would like to share some of it with you.  Below are some excerpts from his article:  Flintlocks: How … Continue reading

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Smokes, Ammo and Luck

John Connor of Guns Magazine quotes his friend G.K. Shirpa as saying “Try never to run out of smokes, ammo and luck all at the same time.  But remember, if you have ammo, you can always get more smokes, and … Continue reading

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