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Events featured include muzzle and breech loading black powder rifle target shooting at distances of 200 yards and beyond.


The English Snaphance Lock

New addition to the Research Press library reference documents for free download. The English snaphance is not only one of the most innovative "flint-locks" but is probably one of the rarest gun mechanisms to have survived. Recent research has found that only about 80 English snaphance muskets, pistols and detached locks have survived worldwide, although this does not include excavated, converted or incomplete locks. Modern tests by the author have proved it to be a fast and reliable mechanism and it must have been a serious challenger to the matchlock and wheellock in the 16th century. This article looks at the history of the lock and examines two examples.

See: The English Snaphance Lock and Two In Particular

Alexander Henry Inventory

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish gunmaker Alexander Henry (4th June 2018), and as his great great grandson, I’d like to create an “inventory” of his rifles and shotguns, so that we can have an idea of how many are still in existence. I realise this can never be “complete”, and will be “out of date” as soon as it is created!

Donald Dallas’ book “Alexander Henry Rifle Maker” lists all serial numbers from no. 120 (starting when he took over Samuel Gourlay’s business in 1852) to no. 8545.

If you own one – and you’d like to help … please let me know:

  • the serial number
  • some idea of where you live (country or city or post/ZIP code)
  • anything especially interesting about the gun or its history

Name and address don’t need to be given – no need for it, really. Personal information will not be shared with anyone – this is purely for my interest and research.

I will be putting this message up on internet forums, and also trawling through auction sites to see what they have sold in the past. In time, I’ll map the data on a world map (anonymity still totally preserved) using something like BatchGeo.

If you know other Alexander Henry owners, please let them know too! If you know of museums with Alexander Henrys, please let me know!

Please reply to: Alex henry rifles (one word) at gmail dot com

I hope this will be very successful – it will be very interesting!

Thanks, in anticipation!

Richard Brown

Alexander Henry’s great great grandson
Collaborator on “Alexander Henry Rifle Maker

Facebook: Alexander Henry, Rifle Maker

Research Press Journal – Issue 1, Winter 2018

Research Press JournalResearch Press Journal – Issue 1, Winter 2018. New free download pdf magazine (32 pages)

  • The Enfield Rifle
  • Long Range Shooting with the Military Muzzle Loading Rifle
  • The Whitworth Rifle: A Brief Introduction
  • Hints for Long Range Riflemen
  • First Hints on Rifle Shooting: Wind
  • Private McVittie
  • Breech-Loading Small Arms
  • Thomas Wilson: his Patents, Arms and Ammunition
  • Frederick Prince’s Breech-Loading Rifle

Link: Research Press Journal

World Super Shoot, Phoenix 2018

Fellow Shooters,

Attached you will find an invitation letter to the World Super Shoot to be held in March at Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Also attached is a registration form and match schedule. This is an excellent opportunity to do lots of long range shooting! I have already received commitments from shooters from New Zealand, Netherlands, and Great Britain.

Ed Decker, Match Director

Flyer | USIMLT Invitation letter |
USIMLT Registration form | USIMLT Match schedule

For further information see:

United States International Muzzle Loading Team

Arizona Vintage Rifle

Spring 2018, Oak Ridge, TN

Details of the Spring 2018 long range muzzle loading match at Oak Ridge, TN, USA, have been published. It will take place on 29-30 March (Thursday & Friday), with shooting at 200, 300, 600 & 1000 yards. Download: Cover sheet, registration and match rules.

Owners of original Whitworth rifles are encouraged to attend this shoot. Tom Rowe will be photographing and documenting rifles for a forthcoming book, that builds upon the many years of research undertaken by Bill Curtis in the UK.


Throughout the year the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain (MLAGB) and the Long Range Rifles (LRR) Branch of the MLAGB run a series of long range muzzle loading events at Bisley, UK. Shoots are generally held over 2-3 days. LRR have published a combined calendar of the mid and long range events for 2018.

Research Press Library

The Research Press Library downloads have been reorganised. Contents currently include a list of English and Welsh gunsmiths and gunmakers from around 1550 to about 1850, studies of gunmakers of Oxford, Probin gunmakers of 18th Century Birmingham, and Ketland guns in America. In addition, three articles discuss and illustrate the barrel markings found on provincially made British firearms. All are free pdf downloads, available via Research Press Publishing.