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Load & Fire Competition

Civil War soldiers proficient at arms were able to fire three shots in a minute.  This involved readying their weapon, taking a powder catridge from their box, tearing off the top, pouring the black powder down the muzzle, seating a lead ball with the ram rod, placing a percussion cap, then firing.

At the Wickham Park Encampment we are going to offer a rare challenge to our reenactors.  Who can load and fire the fastest in 2 minutes?  Will it be a Reb or a Blue Belly?

Judges will provide points for each shot and for where a soldier is in the process when time runs out. 

The top three soldiers will receive bragging rights and prizes. First place is a beautiful black powder rifle donated by Hoffman Gun Center. 


 

            
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