“Under Attack”

“Snapshot Saturday”

Kneeling, a fort defender fires his firelock through a gun port in the logs.

The caller has never been to Friendship, the home of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. While responding to one of his questions, I explained the “Fort Greenville Match” that takes place at the two-story blockhouse on the Max Vickery Primitive Range. “This match is one of the few opportunities for a living historian to experience “defending a fort under attack”…

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2 Responses to “Under Attack”

  1. Rancocas says:

    The kneeling figure appears to be shooting left-handed with a right-hand weapon. I think I see an earplug in his left ear, but I cannot be sure in this photo if he is wearing eye protection.

    I am also a lefty. One time I was shooting an original, antique, right-hand percussion rifle. The lock was right there in front of my nose. The nipple blew out! The flare of hot powder gasses blowing out through the open nipple hole burnt off my left eyebrow! Thankfully, I was wearing shooting glasses and that saved my eye.

    Safety First – always.

  2. Bill Mesa says:

    Mr. Neely,
    I am new to flintlock shooting; having had a 45cal. rifle for only two years.
    I recently acquired a 62cal.\20g. smoothbore fro tennessee valley muzzleloaders. Having just started shooting round ball out of a smoothbore, I wonder if you have any advice on aiming with front sight only. I understand that I will need to work on various overpowder, overshot, cushion, patched ball, or grass/leaf wads as you use, to see what works best; I am interested in any comments you may have concerning front sight aiming for lead ball.
    It may only be a matter of practice,and more practice.

    Also, your posts and website are first rate!
    Cordially, Bill Mesa

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