Blackpowder Overview

We are the Black Powder group here at WWCCA and we’d like to welcome you to the Club.

We encourage you to attend the various meetings and get involved in all the activities available here at the club. Get to know people and ask questions. That’s the best way to navigate around and enjoy the place. If you don’t feel comfortable participating yet, then just come out and watch how things are done. Eventually you will get to know people and realize we’re all here for one main purpose…to have fun!!!

Our particular group, the Tonquish Muzzlerloaders of WWCCA, have our monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. Open to members you are encouraged to come out and introduce yourself. We are very eager to share our hobby with anyone who may be curious, so come on by! Our shoots consist of a monthly “walkthru” which is a variety of targets we’ve set up in the woods beyond the wall along the 200 yard range. The entrance to the walkthru is at the very southeast corner of the 200 yard range parking area. There is a sign marking the entrance. These walkthru’s are usually the first Sunday of every month, depending on our event schedule for that month, and usually at 10:00 a.m. However, read your “Clubhouse Window” to make sure as these dates change on occasion depending on our schedule. We also shoot sometimes on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

We hold to major Rendezvous’ every year here at the Club. The big one is the annual “Labor Day Weekend Rendezvous”, which is the largest primitive Rendezvous held in the state of Michigan. The other one is “The Wintering” held on the last full weekend of January. A much smaller affair but every bit as enjoyable as the other. We sometimes have a small campout on Memorial Day weekend, and sometimes also on the July 4th weekend, and these are very relaxing events as well.

Our Chairman is Greg “Shortcut” Baack. His phone number is on page 2 of your Clubhouse Window newsletter. We also have an event coordinator of Blackpowder activities and her name is Roxanna “Style-n-Grace” Maddox. Her number is also on page 2.

See below to see what it is that we do!!!


Blackpowder Monthly Article

Black Powder Trails (June)

Prior to the American Revolution much of the land lying between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean was unexplored by the colonist.  Many Native American nations called it home.  The first white men to dare to explore this region were the hunters, drawn by the plentiful game, particularly bison and elk whose hides were worth good money.  The hunters would leave in the all and return in the spring.  Because these hunters expeditions would last as much as six months anyone in that trade became known as a longhunter.

The names of the most famous you probably know.  Men like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett.  Others you might know by the places named after them: Kasper Mansker (Mansker’s Station, TN), Anthony Bledsoe (Bledsoe’s Creek, TN), Simon Kenton (Kenton County, Ohio), Henry Skaggs (Skaggs Trace, KY).  Such were the perks of being the first white man in the area.

Here at WWCCA we honor those men (and women which will be noted in a future article) by making and shooting the firearms they would have had, wearing the clothing they would have worn and camping as they would have.  Sometimes called “experimental archeology” we try to live the life they would have to better understand and appreciate their contributions to our liberties.

As we represent several eras you can spot the “longhunters” in our group by the weapons they make and carry (i.e. Pennsylvania long rifle) and the clothes they wear (very often what you would recognize as colonial America).  If you have an interests in learning about this hobby come on out and join us sometime.

We still gather every Thursday night in the blacksmith shop near the ranges at 7:00 pm to make the things we need to reenact our period (rifles, knifes, tomahawks, leather goods).  Our regular monthly meeting is the same place on June 7 at 7:30.  If you want to be introduced to the sport of shooting flintlock and percussion firearms come join us on June 3 at 10:00 am when we will shoot the woods walk behind the 200 yard range.  Park by that range.  And if you want to visit us as we camp we will be attending the Multi-Lakes rendezvous the weekend of June 8-10.  You are welcome to drop by.