Six hundred men and women stood in a field in Michigan, the United States during the weekend (22-23 June), dressed in period costume, and holding 19th century firearms.
Six hundred men and women stood in a field in Michigan, the United States during the weekend (22-23 June), dressed in period costume, and holding 19th century firearms. It was the 20th annual Muzzle Loaders Festival.
The men showed up dressed as soldiers, sailors, trappers or Indians. There was also a sprinkling of "settlers wives" in the crowd....many of them with their own firearms. Some of them tried a shot at a disappearing target....patterned after an old-fashioned turkey shoot.
In addition to the shooting there were demonstrations of rifle-making in the traditional manner, carving of whale bone and bullet making.
A featured attraction was the firing of a ten-barreled gatling gun....the machine introduced during the American Civil War.
SYNOPSIS: It was pistols at forty paces in Michigan, U.S.A. on the weekend. Six hundred people in period costume turned up for the twentieth annual Muzzle Loaders Festivel - all carrying their nineteenth century firearms.
The women were dressed as settlers' wives, and a few of them took matters in to their own hands to show their men a thing or two. Some were quite successful. The target was a disappearing one, in the style of an old fashioned turkey shoot.
There were also demonstrations of rifle-making - in the old, traditional style, and a display of the ancient art of whale-bone etching. A featured attraction was a ten-barreled gatling gun - the type used in the American Civil War to great effect.
A six-pound brass cannon also put in an appearance, although gunners complained it took six days to hand load the ammunition for a three-minute experiment. The cannon picked off five gallon cans - one at a time.