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 (September)

I wonder if you know the name of Nancy Hart the cross-eyed hero of the Revolutionary War. Standing six feet tall with red hair and a smallpox-scarred face she was a feisty and fearless frontierswoman.   She had a reputation for being an excellent shot.  The local Native Americans called her “Wahatche” which meant “war woman”.  Living in Georgia during the war she gained notoriety for her determined efforts to help the cause even serving as a spy.

Many of Hart’s most legendary acts of courage occurred at the family cabin.  The most famous began when five redcoats approached the cabin and ordered her to cook one of her prized turkey’s which they had shot on the way in.  She secretly sent her daughter for help and settled into cooking while sharing the family jug with the soldiers until the opportunity presented itself when she grabbed one of the rifles they had stacked in the corner.  Being foolish or ignorant of her reputation one rose and approached her.  She shot him and grabbed another rifle.  Being slow learners she shot a second soldier who made a move toward her and grabbed yet another rifle.  The remaining three stayed seated.  Later they shared that one reason they did not move was because of Nancy’s being cross-eyed.  They simply could not tell who she was watching but as she had clearly demonstrated a superb ability to shoot and kill none of them wanted to risk moving.

Here at WWCCA we have a number of women who share Nancy’s skill at shooting in the blackpowder club.  While none of them specifically portray Nancy Hart all are fiercely patriotic and would very much enjoy showing women with an interest how to shoot the flintlocks and percussion muzzleloaders we shoot.

As mentioned last month WWCCA will host its annual Rendezvous over Labor Day Weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 3).  All are welcome to come shoot or just visit with us a while.

In addition to that event we will have our monthly meeting at 7:30 pm.  We meet at the blacksmith shop across the parking lot from the 25, 50 and 100 yard ranges.  We also meet there at 7:00 pm every Thursday to build blackpowder firearms and other things you need to have to participate in this sport.  Lastly several from WWCCA will be going to Oakland gun club Sept 14-16 for their rendezvous and to uphold our reputation for fierce competition on the ranges.

In the spirit of Scribe…