Within the SSAA, muzzle loading involves competitive shooting with reproduction and original muzzle loading firearms and cap and ball revolvers.
Many of the excellent reproductions available are exact in every detail to the originals and it surprises many people just how accurate both types of firearms can be in the hands of proficient shooters. Many serious muzzleloaders have tried other types of shooting and have switched to what are lovingly described as 'smoke poles'.
The range of long arms in use by muzzleloaders include:
- Smoothbore matchlock muskets - circa 1600-1650
- Smoothbore flintlock muskets - circa 1700-1800
- Smoothbore percussion muskets - circa 1830-1860* Flintlock rifles - circa 1750-1830
- Percussion rifles - circa 1830-1860* Percussion shotguns - circa 1830-1860
The various types of rifles are divided into four classes:
Handguns also have four different classes:
- Firelock (Flintlock / Matchlock)
Where to Start?
Many SSAA ranges have a black powder section. For People interested inshooting black powder please contact a clubs black powder section captian.
- SSAA Southern Rangers
- SSAA Adelaide Black Powder & Muzzel Loading Club
- SSAA Para Branch
- SSAA Monarto Black Powder Club
- SSAA Goolwa
Major Muzzel Loading Shoots:
- National Championships: held every Easter on a roster system around Australia, where ranges are available. All classes (Rifle Pistol & Shotgun) are shot over 4 days.
- Rifle & Pistol SA State Championships: held every June long weekend on a roster system around the state, where ranges are available.
- Shotgun State Championships: Held in may on a roster system around the state, where ranges are available.
- Australia Day 300yd Match: Held at SSAA Para on the 26th of January each year.
- Rifle Interclub Shoot, Held in February on a roster system around the state, where ranges are available.
- Shotgun Interclub Shoot, Held in July on a roster system around the state, where ranges are available
- Pistol Interclub Shoot, Held in November on a roster system around the state, where ranges are available
- MLAIC World Championships held every two years around the world. .
Competitions for pistols and revolvers are shot at 25m and 50m using the international 50m slow pistol target, Rifles compete at 50m, 100m and 200m in the positions of standing, kneeling, prone, benchrest, sitting, and 3-positional.
The same 50m slow pistol target is used for all of the rifle events except for the 200m Benchrest and 50m Musket, which uses a much larger French 200m target.
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