FRANKLIN GROVE – The Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders are a group of local antique and historic gun collectors that call their home Chaplin Creek Village in Franklin Grove. As a charter member of the The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, the Chaplin Creek Muzzle Loaders exists to “promote, support, nurture, and preserve NMLRA’s and our nation’s rich historical heritage in the sport of muzzle loading through recreational, educational, historical, and cultural venues such as match competition, gun making and safety, historical re-enactments, exhibits, museums, libraries, and other related programs.” Live shooting and meeting dates occur throughout the warm months of the year.
The third Sunday in October there will be a “Pumpkin Shoot.” They grow their own pumpkins at the range, and then line them up to see who can make a “face” on the pumpkin.
The public is welcome to come to Chaplin Creek Village and observe the marksmanship Oct. 20.
For information concerning the Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders, including becoming a member, email [email protected]