Because I’m a nerd, I Tivo Shooting USA every time that it’s on. Wednesday’s episode (which I watched last night) was magnificant, because it was about the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association Championship Matches held in Friendship, Indiana. I suppose I should include a link to the NMLRA’s actual website as well.
I’ve spoken in the past of my love for muzzleloading, and watching the Shooting USA episode was a hoot. When they showed the part where the guys were dressed up in buckskins and doing the “primitive shoot”, my wife just kind of gave me this weird look. Primitives are a lot of fun, actually. You dress in period gear (usually 1700s to early 1800s), cook, clean, and live like it’s 1799. It’s a neat idea, and it’s a lot of fun.
The end result of last night’s show was that I’ll probably end up joining the NMLRA and get started in competing in muzzleloading again. Friendship is just an hour and a half from where I live, which means that traveling to the match to compete would be a cinch. I can hear the conversation with my wife now:
Mrs. Ahab: “You want to run around in buckskins and a loincloth for a week while you shoot really old guns?”
Mrs. Ahab: “Have fun sleeping alone. I’ll stay in a hotel.”