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Frontier Era Sutlers

This will be where we list those sutlers and vendors who supply Frontier Period clothing, equipment and other Accoutrements. As we have just revamped this area, we are in the process of lining up sutlers now.

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It's a place for customers to rate their experiences with vendors servicing the reenacting community. Good or bad, let's hear it. Vendor Feedback Reviews are posted only after reviewed by the webmaster. Positive reviews are posted as they are submitted, negative reviews are posted 2 weeks after submission. During this time, the vendor is sent the review in order to provide them ample time to provide us with a rebuttal. After 2 weeks if no rebuttal is received the review is posted. Vendors who do not recall the buyer are encouraged to make contact and work out the problem.

Spread the word! The RCG has not only helped other reenacting time periods by spreading the word about bad vendors and experiences, but it has also really helped new vendors get discovered and their businesses grow. What it really means is that if a vendor screws someone, then it will be out there for everyone to see. And yes, vendors CAN rebut feedback. Be polite, no flames and be professional!

Ft. Chambers 04/06

Fort Chambers Inc. -- BLACK POWDER GUNSHOP -- Muzzle Loaders are our only business! Choose from Flint, Percussion, Inline, Gunsmith and Black Powder. Fort Chambers specializes in muzzle loading equipment only! We have been in business for over 25 years, with a combined experience of over 100 years. We stock a wide variety of muzzle loading accessories, Which includes Leather Shooting Bags, Powder Horns, Cleaning Supplies, Building Supplies, Black Powder, and many other Parts and Accessories for the Shooter, Hunter, Builder.

Please Remember -- MUZZLE LOADING is our ONLY BUSINESS

Fort Chambers is a distributor for many quality manufacturing companies. We distribute for the following companies: Ox Yoke Originals, Speer Balls, Birchwood Casey, RMC, Goex Black Powder.

These products are of the finest quality that you have come to expect and rely on. We carry a large selection of parts for you to repair your muzzleloader. If you would like, we have our own in house gunsmith, that can take care of warranty work or repair work as needed. If you would like to build a rifle, we have what it takes to do the job right. At Fort Chambers we take the time to listen to your problems and to answer questions so that you can enjoy the sport of muzzleloading!

*Note from Marsh: I go there. I like this place. They take care of their customers! Without a DOUBT, one of the greatest gun shops I've ever been in -- they don't have the normal "puffy-people," know-it-alls that inhabit most gun stores.

If you are in Pennsylvania, make it a POINT to visit Fort Chambers! If you can't do that, visit their website! And you ask, why them vs. all the other gun websites? SERVICE! Need I say more? ~M.

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Frontier Era Buckskinning and Muzzleloading Parent Organizations

This is the area where we list the different Umbrella Organizations for the Frontier era. There are a lot of different organizations ranging from the American Mountain Men, to the Coalition of Historical Trekkers, on to modern shooting groups like Replica Percussion Revolver Association and more. Not to mention the National Rifle Association!


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National Rifle Association--Homepage of the NRA, the organization in the USA looking out for YOUR gun rights. If you own a gun then you SHOULD be a member. Contrary to what the "leebaraal" press or cultural-elite ding-dongs like Ted Kennedy, Rosie O'Donnell or Diane Feinstein tell you, the NRA isn't a bunch of crazies--they are your neighbors, they are your friends and they are one of the last bastions before the left takes away your guns. And YES, that means muzzleloaders too--the enemies of freedom don't make a difference between an AK-47 and your Brown Bess (which WAS the AK-47 of it's day).
BTW, if you don't like us promoting the NRA, don't visit reenactor.Net!Leave right now!! Don't send us nasty e-mails, just go and visit a Star Trek convention and pretend to be a Vulcan or something! Go on, GIT!

Another reason why you should join the NRA: "Why should I visit the NRA? I carry a musket..."

National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA)--The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association exists to promote, support, nurture, and preserve NMLRA's and our nation's rich historical heritage in the sport of muzzleloading through recreational, educational, historical, and cultural venues such as match competition, hunting, gun making and safety, historical re-enactments, exhibits, museums, libraries, and other related programs.
Coalition of Historical Trekkers--We, the Coalition of Historical Trekkers, are dedicated to the preservation and study of the pre-1840 frontier people in America by means of literary research and experimental archaeology. We are historical trekkers, which is to say we are experimental archaeologist, involved in one or more eras of the historical time frame from 1600 to the year 1840. As is the purpose of an archaeologist, to establish facts about a historical people or time period, we establish facts pertaining to the way of life of the pre-1840 frontier people. This is accomplished by experimentation in wilderness situations, using firearms, clothing, and accoutrement's, authentic to those used by the early frontier people here in America. We pledge to keep alive the awareness of those brave people who lived and died while carving out a place in the wilderness. We recognize that it was these brave men and women who made it possible for us, and generations to come, to live here in the land of the free-America.
American Long Rifle Association (ALRA)--The American Longrifle Association (A.L.R.A.) is an organization designed for those people who want to do more than only read about the early years of our country's history. It is an organization that encourages its members to experience the lives of common colonial people.

In 1982 a group of men, with a common interest in the 'long hunter' era of 1750 until 1815, came together and formed an organization which promoted the spirit of adventure through historic re-enactment, research and fellowship. They created a set of by-laws that centered around three important points. First and foremost we encourage historic accuracy by requiring clothing, rifle and gear to duplicate those items that used in the American Frontier. Second, we stress safety and marksmanship with the rifle which was the preferred weapon of the pioneers, the flintlock rifle. Third, we promote self sufficiency by offering levels of honor bestowed on members who learn or develop certain skills of the past and participate in outdoor treks or canoe journeys.

It is the heart of the A.L.R.A. to emulate the lives of our forefathers. To do this we clothe ourselves in their fashion, arm ourselves with their flintlock longrifles and some learn and practice the skills and crafts of old.

American Mountain Men and Fur Trade--The American Mountain Men is an association of individuals dedicated to the preservation of the traditions and ways of our nation's greatest, most daring explorers and pioneers, the Mountain Men; to the actual conservation of our nation's remaining natural wilderness and wildlife; and to the ability of our members to survive alone, under any circumstances, using only what nature has to offer. Although we are now world-wide, we are not a large group. We are not interested in the quantity of members; we are interested in the quality of members. Our members are best and proud of it.

The American Mountain Men's primary characteristic is, first and foremost, to be a Brotherhood of Men. In this fraternal concept is embedded the desire of all its members to teach, share, and learn the arts and skills of the original American mountain men, but deeper still, is the desire to be upon the trail, on lake or river, in mountains, plains or woods, as brothers, sharing this great experience. The sense of camaraderie and the shared endeavor are more important, always, than individual gain. These are the goals and the founding wisdom of A.M.M. To keep alive the skills of the freest men our great nation ever birthed; to preserve his abilities and emulate his way of life as historically accurately as possible.

Wyoming State Muzzle Loading Association--The Wyoming State Muzzle Loading Association is dedicated to the sport of blackpowder shooting and the promotion of muzzle loading events and activities. An annual convention is held in central Wyoming each year to set club and state shoot dates, review promotional engagements and act as a social gathering. The convention sponsors Trade booths, Craft demonstrations, a banquet and auction. The annual WSMLA State Shoot hosts 54 muzzle loading matches for men, women and youths. The organization has provided funding for the Wyoming State 4-H Muzzle Loading Shooting program. This stewardship provides trophies and plaques for the 40 young competitors of the 4-H matches. State sanctioned competitions include the State Cannon Match, Winter Challenge Shoot and Annual State Shoot.

Shawnee Trail Association--We are a group of reenactors from southern West Virginia who are dedicated to the preservation of our history and our heritage.

The Shawnee Living History Trail was started in 1991 with the simple idea that living history was more appealing to children than reading history in a book. There was also a need for exposing local history (southwestern West Virginia) of the 1700's time period to the general public. This was the time when when the Shawnee were being pushed from their homes in Ohio and thus their hunting grounds in Kentucky and (West) Virginia.

The Trail is set in the late 1770's near the end of the Revolutionary War. While the Continental Armies are fighting the British back east, the frontiersmen are fighting with the Shawnee over the rights to these lands.

Replica Percussion Revolver Association--This site has been established to promote the interest in collecting modern production replica black powder percussion revolvers. Pretty neat site!!


Catalogue of Living Historians--This Catalogue of Living Historians is presented for use by anyone needing a resource of individuals who participate in 18th century Living History Events.

The individuals on these pages regularly volunteer their time and service to promote the education of the general public regarding things of the past. They have agreed to be listed here in an effort to provide better communications between participants and thus enhance the Living History Community. We hope this site will be a helpful resource to Event Coordinators, School Teachers, the Movie Industry and other Living Historians.

ORIGINAL High Plains Regional Rendezvous Association--The High Plains Regional Rendezvous Association consists of a five state region including Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Each year the Association holds a Primitive Rendezvous in one of these states.

The High Plains is not as large as a some rendezvous. They typically consist of 80 to 280 camps. However they are much friendlier and a more family oriented rendezvous than many others. At each rendezvous you will find rifle and pistol shooting events, knife and hawk events, archery events, kids games, adult games, horse games, and a variety of seminars & demonstrations.

United Nebraska Muzzleloaders Association--The United Nebraska Muzzleloaders Association, established on January 20, 1979, is a voluntary organization of individuals and clubs interested in activities involving the history and use of muzzle loading firearms.

Some of the goals of the Association include promoting muzzle loading across the state through the exchange of information regarding shoots and other black powder events, and the development of legislative materials affecting the future of the sport. The organization sanctions the muzzle loading rifle, pistol, and shotgun championship matches. The host clubs and shoot sites are determined each January at our state muzzle loading convention.

Contemporary Longrifle Association--An association dedicated to the making of contemporary longrifles, accoutrement's and related items made within the twentieth century.
Pennsylvania Chapter of the Coalition of Historical Trekkers--The Pennsylvania Coalition of Historical Trekkers are a group of individuals dedicated to preserving and teaching the ways of the 18th and early 19th century frontier explorers and settlers. You can find us at historical events and "treks" into the great outdoors with period clothing and equipment. Come visit and see what we're about!
Ron Lovchik's Black Powder Page--This site is dedicated to the shooting sport, you will find information about the M.L.A.I.C. and the Swiss Muzzleloading Association. Has the Muzzle Loading Associations' International Committee Constitution, Rules and Regulations here.
North Dakota Muzzle Loaders--Home page of the North Dakota Muzzle Loaders.
  18th Century Historical Trekking , 1700 - 1760 (Australia) -- New England Colonial Living History Group.(All written material on this blog is copyright.Keith H. Burgess). Forum and Membership. A Woodsrunner's Diary and Meeting Place. Period of interest 1680-1760. Historical trekking, living history, experimental archaeology, period living skills, primitive wilderness survival skills and much more. Join our group or just post questions on this site.
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Frontier Era Historical Links

Links to different sites on the web pertaining to the Frontier Period!
Forts, Museums and other neat stuff.
Give 'em a look!

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Older link system that we are going to change over....

  Elmore County/Fort Toulouse/Jackson--
  Fort Boonesborough State Park-Richmond , Kentucky
  Fort Bon Secours--Wisconsin

Pricketts Fort State Park-WV -Hosts-

"School of the Longhunter"

Fort Frederick--New Hampshire

Fort Gibson -Oklahoma

Fort King George--Darien, Georgia

Fort Loudon--Tennessee

Fort Loudoun - Pennsylvaina
  Fort Meigs--Perrysburg, Ohio

Fort Niagra--Youngstown, New York

Fort St. Jean-Baptiste--Natchitoches, LA - Has 1730s-1760s living history programs in March and December, the second weekend, plus a larger program the first weekend of May each year, called Spring into History
  Tiyospaye Indian Tipi Camp (USA, SD) -- Living history Lakota indian tipi village.Tipi lodging, activities, workshops.Come and live with Lakota families in a 19th century plains indians tipi encampment. A unique native american learning experience!!

Fort Ticonderoga--New York

Fort Concho - T X .
  Fort Toulouse / Fort Jackson, Wetumpka, AL--
  Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site--Nova Scotia, Canada
 Museums & Historic Sites

U . S . Army Heritage & Education Center- ( U S A ) -
  1838 Rendezvous
  Frontier Culture Museum--
  Ft. Atkinson Historical Park--
  American West Heritage Center - Utah
  Ghost Riders
  Ghost Towns--
  Index of Native American History on the Internet
  Laura Ingalls Wilder
  El Rancho De Las Golondrinas -" The Ranch of the Swallows " -New Mexico
  Oklahoma Living History Directory
  Old west Living history Foundation
  Pre 1840's Buckskinning

Spain,The United States and the American Frontier-bilingual
 Other Historic Places of Interest...
  David Thompson Things -The History of Rocky Mountain House.....
  Spanish Colonial Heritage Sites
 Guides and Other Cool Things
Ol' Buffalo Muzzleloading Guide
  A Beginners Guide to Woodland Indian Reenacting
  The Historical Marker Database-This is just real neat....

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Frontier Era Buckskinning and
Muzzleloading Shooting Groups

On this page, you'll find links to websites that belong to either Buckskinning or Muzzleloading Shooting Groups. Both modern blackpowder and period reenactment groups are represented here.

This is a good place to get started in joining a group--find one located near you and visit their site. E-mail them and ask questions to see if this is the group for you. Soon, you'll be on your way to a great new hobby! We encourage you to visit these sites and ask questions.

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Alabama State Muzzleloading Association (USA, AL)--Dedicated to the promotion of the safe and responsible use of muzzle loading firearms for hunting and target shooting and to the preservation of the history of early American firearms. To promote higher standards of sportsmanship and good fellowship among those that participate in such sport.
Arizona Cactus Cappers (USA, AZ)--The Arizona Cactus Cappers is an NMLRA chartered muzzle loading gun club, one of the many user groups that sponsor matches at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility - Phoenix, Arizona

Armory Hill Living History Association (USA, CA-North State)--We are a re-enacting group and resource for other re-enactors focusing on pre-1840 American history. The Web site offers information on many aspects of the hobby including camp and trail cooking, character development, newcomer tips, product reviews and feature articles.


Black Hawk War Society 5th Regiment U.S. Infantry, Capt. Highsmith's Company, 2nd Regiment (USA)--We are a group dedicated to the Black Hawk War of Illinois and Wisconsin, 1831-1832. We attend various living history and reenacment events in the Illinois and Wisconsin areas.

Blue River Longrifles (USA, IN)--NMLRA Chartered Club. The Blue River Longrifles, Inc. were founded in 1983. We are a Charter Club in both the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association, and the National Rifle Association. The object of the club is to encourage and advance organized shooting of Muzzle Loading Firearms, and to promote higher standards of sportsmanship, safety, and good fellowship among those who participate in such sports.
  Brookings Renegades (USA, SD)--Home page of the Brookings Renegades - Brookings, South Dakota
  Blue Ridge Rifles Inc. - (USA , Summit Station , PA)
  Bell's Fort Free Trappers-(USA , Pueblo , CO)
The Colorado State Muzzle Loading Association- (USA ,CO)
Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association Inc. -(USA , Wichita , KS ) - The Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association was founded in 1957 in Wichita , Kansas as a not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of serving the interests of collectors and shooters of antique and antique-replica firearms and to help preserve the craftmanship and history of the arms of our forefathers for the enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations.

Ohio Valley Mountain Men, inc. (USA, Big Pine Range neer Wheeling , WV) -- Ohio Valley Mountain Men, Inc. is an association that is dedicated to the pre-1840 era of American History. Shooting, hunting, camping and trapping were all parts of life for the mountain man. Our goal is to promote and educate people about this era and black powder firearms. With monthly shoots and an annual Rendezvous, we can relive those days when a good shot meant more than meat on the table. It was the difference between life and death.

Davy Crockett Long Hunters (USA, TN)--Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  The Fort Lee Scouts  (USA, Charleston , West Virginia) -- The Fort Lee Scouts are a group of men and women who reenact the period 1750-1795 on what was once the western Virginia frontier.├????  Our goal is to preserve and demonstrate this period of history to the public. Our clothing, camps, accoutrements, food and personal items emulate those that were used in the second half of the 18th century.├????  The Fort Lee Scouts organize and participate in various living history events, reenactments and educational demonstrations.
Fort Erie Muzzle Loaders - (USA - PA )-
  Lancaster County Long Rifles-(U.S.A.-PA) We hold our rendezvous each year the end of April to the end of the first weekend of May at Muddy Run Park near Holtwood , PA . Lots of events : Archery , Hawk & Knife , Seminars , Kids Events , Highland Games , Rifle Range , Wood Walk , Overnight Trek and Clay Bird Shoot...
De Falsterske Sortkrudtskytters (Denmark)--The BP Shooters from Falster - a small island in Denmark The club was started in 1992 and we are offcourse member of the Danish Black Powder organisation "Danske Sortkrudtskytter". We are currently 50 members.
Dogg Clann Muzzleloaders (USA, PA)--Pre-1840 Black Powder and Rendezvous Club - Darlington, Penn. The Clann holds two rendezvous a year. The first is June 14th thru the 16th. The second in the last weekend in October. We hold SHOOTS and SEMINARS all weekend. The ladies seem to really enjoy the ALL WOMENS ROUND ROBIN, and the kids just love the fall rendezvous. There are lots of GAMES and PUMPKIN CARVING, and of course TRICK OR TREAT!!! Once the pumpkins are lit the camp is a site to behold!!!!
  New Jersey Frontier Guard-(USA , NJ)
  Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain (UK) -- The MLAGB was formed in 1952
and is the Governing Body for muzzle loading within the UK.

Its objectives are to encourage an interest in muzzle loading firearms;
to promote, regulate and safeguard their use;
and to preserve their freedom of collection.
Eastern Platte Muzzleloaders-- (USA, NE)--Our muzzle loading organization was founded by a handful of individuals in 1975. From the start, we have been a family organization fully involved in shooting black powder guns and pursuing and practicing the daily skills utilized by our forefathers in the early days of our country. Our primitive wilderness facility holds a 54 position muzzle loading range, called "Tunder Valley",
  Flathead Valley Muzzleloaders (USA, MT) --Kalispell, Montana
Florida Frontiersmen (USA, FL)--The Florida Frontiersmen are a group of men and women who have banded together to preserve the skills of our first settlers, pioneers and mountain men in their use of muzzle loading firearms and the equipment and accouterments that accompanied such use before 1840.
├????  Forest Hills Black Powder Brigade (USA, OR)--We are a family oriented club dedicated to the sport of Black Powder Shooting and re-enacting the lifestyle of the old Fur Trade/Frontier era (roughly 1750 to 1840).  We do have a good share of single members in our fold, as well. We welcome anyone interested in Black Powder Shooting and/or experiencing life of the good ole days.  Many of our youth members are active in Scouting Programs throughout the area. Many of our adult members are former Scouts and some are still active in mentoring roles.

Our Range is located about ten miles west of Yamhill Oregon, near the Flying M Ranch. A map and directions cane be found here.  We welcome everyone to come on out and visit us.  We have members that live as far away as Olympia, WA and Lincoln city, OR.  If your drive may be too far, we can certainly help you in locating a club nearer to you.  There are many groups like ours throughout the Pacific Northwest and the United States.  Check out the Links page to find other Northwest area clubs.  Our main goal is to get people involved in our great hobby, regardless what club they are in. 
Fort Hill Ramrods Black Powder Shooters (USA, MO)--The object of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized rifle and pistol shooting among citizens of the United States .  It shall be our further object and purpose to futher the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are essentials of good sportmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.
Fort Steele Patriots (Canada, BC)--The Fort Steele Patriots is a division of the Cranbrook District Rod & Gun Club located in southern British Columbia.
Free Trappers Lodge (USA, WA)--
  GARAGE RATS Archery and Black Powder Club (USA, PA)--
Great Darkwolf's Home Page (USA, UT)--President and co-founder of Clan of the Medicine Wolf
  White Oak Society (USA, Minnesota) -- We are a hearty group of gentlemen and voyageurs. They are talking about the rendezvous. Later they may talk about the fur trade, sing some songs, perhaps talk about the winter to come. It is a time of adventure, challenge, dangers, and rewards!
Historiche Wapens (Netherlands)--Muzzleloading in the Netherlands

Hit & Miss Muzzleloaders (USA, GA)--We promote the sport of blackpowder shooting and tries to increase knowledge, safety and appreciation of muzzleloading for future generations.
Iowa Long Rifles (USA, IA)--We are a group centered around Marengo, Iowa interested in the preservation of the fur trade era. Open to all people interested in the pre 1840s period.
  Kansas Traditional Muzzleloading Assn. - (USA , KS)
  Kentucky Corps of Longrifle -(USA , KY )-Our group is over 300 strong and represents Kentucky inthe tradition we think our forfathers would have expected...
  James River Black Powder Club -(USA , VA)

Mid America Buckskinner Info Page (USA, MI, IA, NE, KS)--Missouri - Iowa - Nebraska - Kansas (LOTS of interesting BP links)* NOTE : This site went under but left some neat reading....
  Morgan County Longrifles (USA, IN) -- We are a non-profit club dedicated to preserving the era of the Muzzleloading  rifle. We attempt to do this by using and maintaining traditional Muzzleloading firearms. Also, during many of our events we strive to practice the lifestyle of the American Frontier prior to 1840.

We hold monthly shoots that are normally scheduled on the second Sunday of each month. We hold a Rendezvous in the Spring, Fall and Winter each year, and a Two Day Shoot each Summer.
Mountain Men of the Wasatch (USA, UT)--Preserving For Tomorrow The Pioneer Arms, Craftsmanship, And Skill Which Bore Freedom And Liberty* Celebrating our heritage through the sport of Muzzleloading. We have monthly shoots at Holladay Gun Club with our Club Meeting the first Thursday of every Month. We are a Charter Club with the NMLRA and we Shoot Muzzleloading Rifle,Pistol,Shootgun,as well as Black Powder Cartridge.
North Dakota Muzzle Loaders (USA, ND)--Minot, North Dakota
Olalla Long Rifles (USA, WA)--We are a Muzzleloader / Blackpowder Club who have banded together to preserve the skills of our first settlers, pioneers, and mountain men in their use of muzzle loading firearms and the equipment and accouterments that accompanied such use in the pre 1840's era. Our Rendezvous, Club meetings, and Monthly Shoots, are held at the Poulsbo Sportsman's Club in Poulsbo, WA USA
  Pineywoods Buckskinners (USA, TX)--Pre-1840's buckskinning club located in Eastern Texas with monthly shoots and local rendezvous. We are a family club; wives and kids are welcome. We have members all over the East Texas area. We currently have forty-one members. We have five to six rendezvous a year starting in October. Most from the members make it to the Southwestern each year.In the warmer months we get together and work on our Mountainman skills. Some of our pass activates are brain tanning deer hides and making gourd canteens. In July we have a BBQ and swim party. If its not too hot maybe a shooting match or knife and hawk throw.
  Plainsmen Black Powder Club (USA, ND)--The Plainsmen Black Powder club was chartered in 1972 having a goal of promoting the safe use of black powder guns for fun and competition. As a club, we sponsor our own shoot and rendezvous in May. The rendezvous is a re-creation of a pre-1840 camp set up to trade with the mountain men and voyageurs of yesteryear.
  Oregan State Shooting Association - (USA , OR) -The OSSA is looking for someone interested in the shooting sport to head up our Black Powder program . If you are interested , Please contact us....
  The Scandinavian Mountain Men (Sweden) -- The Scandinavian Mountain Men are dedicated to the preservation and study of the frontier people involved in the North American fur trade by means of literary research and experimental archaeology.
Pulver Sch├???├??├?┬╝tzen Solingen (USA, Germany)--A black powder club in Solingen, Germany!! Okay, I kept tring to go and aol kept refusing me, soooo I went to google and did the search for 'em. Still wouldn't come up, but there was a nice "cached page" this means google saved it ;-) Anyway, it's auf Deutsch, but I can read that ... Due to the many inquiries, concerning the Vorderladerei (muzzleloading), years ago we decided to put up this web site, in order to answer a part of these questions and to create a platform for our hobby.
San Diego County Muzzle Loaders (USA, CA)--NMLRA Chartered group. the home page of the San Diego County Muzzle Loaders black powder shooting club. This page is updated on a regular basis. San Diegans are fortunate to have a muzzle loading match almost every weekend .
  San Luis Obispo Muzzleloaders (USA, CA)--A group which is located on the Central Coast of California where I grew up. Never met 'em though, I was with a group from Atascadero...
Schietsport Vereniging Dutch Muzzleloaders Voor de Zwartkruit Schutters en Western Evenementen in Nederland (Netherlands)--A black-powder club in the Netherlands (English Version also) - Links to various European clubs. 
  Smokey Ridge Muzzleloaders (USA, IA)--Home page of the Smokey Ridge Muzzleloaders Club in Iowa Falls, Iowa
Sourland Mountain Muzzleloaders (USA, NJ)--Sourland Mountain Muzzleloaders Inc. was formed in the early 1980's as a non-profit, educational organization founded on the basis of preserving our early American heritage through living history and the safe use of muzzle loading firearms and equipment.
The Jefferson Longrifles, Inc. (USA, TN)--Muzzleloading club located in Tallahassee, Florida. The Jefferson Longrifles is a Muzzle Loading Rifle Club, made up of individuals who subscribe to the principles of the National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.
  The Little Butte Mountain Men, Ltd. (USA, OR)--Eagle Point, Oregon
The Seneca Muzzleloaders (USA, OH)--We are a group of Living Historians dedicated to the preservation of the lifestyle during the pre 1840's era. We are a family oriented club, catering to all ages. Many of our members are Muzzleloader shooters, Hawk and Knife throwers, Archers, Artisans, Musicians, Craftsmen, but mostly, just plain folks! We hope that you will visit us soon and relive the ways of our Fore Fathers.
The Trappers of Starved Rock Inc. (USA, MO)--CLUB OBJECTIVE: The club is a not-for-profit organization. It is dedicated to bringing together those individuals who are interested in the history, building and shooting of Muzzle loading firearms, and the recreation of that past period of American History.
Twin Cities Muzzleloaders Club (USA)--We are a non-profit organization striving to promote interest and participation in the collection, shooting and building of black powder firearms. Located in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, we sponsor a number of shoots and events.
  UK Shinin' Times (UK)--The official web site of the UK Buckskinners. The mission of this site is to encourage interest and stimulate research, here in the UK, into the early history of the Americas, particularly concerning the North American Fur Trade. There are many living history enthusiasts here in the UK .Indeed, it may be that some of our American Brothers (& Sisters) might like to visit a rendezvous or shoot while holidaying in the UK.
WESTERNHOBBY (Germany)--A muzzleloading and buckskinning site in Germany! This site is in German.  
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The Frontier Period -- Main Page

Jim Bridger

What does "Frontier Period" mean? Well, in reality, it covers quite a lot... In fact, the Frontier Period covers so much area, we just HAD to make a separate area for it -- much like we are going to n

ow try and do for the RenFaires...

Ideally, all this we have listed in this section should be in their respective time periods, F&I in the 1600-1800 Time/Area, Fur Traders/Trappers in 1800-1860, Native American Reenactors and Trekking in both. However, to us, it just seems logical to put "like-stuff" with like-stuff! Look for this area to really shine soon, book mark it and keep comin' back as it is only going to get better!!

The Booshway

The person in charge of the Frontier Period area here at reenactor.Net is Bonnie (blnzrfn)! If you have a site that needs to be listed in this area, please contact Bonnie at this e-mail: Please, feel free to look around and suggest stuff! Pix from events are always appreciated!

What IS a "Mountain Man"

Daniel BooneThe term "Mountain Men" is used to describe trappers and explorers who roamed the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through the 1860s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). These men were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads), which allowed Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies, originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.


Before there were "mountain Men" out in the Rockies, trapping beaver, there were the "Longhunters"...Longhunter (or long hunter) was an 18th-century explorer and hunter who made expeditions into the American frontier wilderness for as much as six months at a time. Historian Emory Hamilton asserts that "The Long Hunter was peculiar to Southwest Virginia only, and nowhere else on any frontier did such hunts ever originate" although the term has been used loosely to describe any unofficial American explorer of the period. Most long hunts started in the Holston River Valley near Chilhowie, Virginia. The hunters came from there and the adjacent valley of the Clinch River, where they were land owners or residents. The parties of two or three men (and rarely more) usually started their hunts in October and ended toward the end of March or early in April.

The information gathered by longhunters in the 1760s and 1770s would prove critical to the early settlement of Tennessee and Kentucky. Many longhunters were employed by land surveyors seeking to take advantage of the departure of the French from the Ohio Valley at the end of the Seven Years War. Some later helped guide settlers to Middle Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. Today, there are many (especially in the East) who try to emulate these hunters. We will have more on this as we go along.

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Waugh!Historical reenactment of the dress and lifestyle of a mountain man, sometimes known as "buckskinning," allows people to recreate aspects of this historical period. Today's' Rocky Mountain Rendezvous and other reenacted events are both history-oriented and social occasions. Some modern men choose a lifestyle similar to that of historic mountain men -- they may live and roam in the mountains of the west or the swamps in the southern United States.

Mountain Man dress

The stereotypical mountain man has been depicted as dressed in buckskin and a coonskin cap, sporting bushy facial hair and carrying a Hawken rifle and Bowie knife, commonly referred to as a "scalping knife." They have been romanticized as honorable men with their own chivalrous code, loners who would help those in need but who had found their home in the wild.

For a little history of the Mountain Men click here

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