Southwest Region offering skills course covering the basics of muzzleloaders

The skills course covers the basics of using black powder muzzleloading firearms. It is offered as a free service to those individuals wishing to use a muzzleloader for hunting and/or recreational target shooting. The class will be held at Black's Creek Range from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. MST on Aug. 14.

Students must pre-register for the event. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

While the greater focus will be on traditional style sidelock (flint and percussion) rifle, we will also include discussion of the modern inline firearms. 

Topics include: 

  • Safety & care of the muzzleloading firearm
  • Rules & regulations for muzzleloading only season
  • Proper ammunition (including correct powder)
  • Where to find/purchase supplies
  • The main difference between the types of muzzleloading firearms

In addition to a classroom portion, participants will have an opportunity to participate in live fire activities. If you have your own firearm, bring it, along with your own eye and ear protection, ammunition and powder. NO AMMUNITION & POWDER IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. Firearms may be brought into classroom but MUST be unloaded. Participants will need to leave their ammo and powder in their cars until instructed by the range officer to bring them onto the range. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch.

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