Yesterday I got together with friends Nick, Thorn, Pat, my daughter Elizabeth and her beau Jeremiah, to shoot matchlocks and wheellocks at the Chabot shooting range above Oakland. It was amusing to see the looks on the other shooters' faces when they would watch us shoot the seriously "old timey" guns. Questions like "What's that rope for?" etc. And the Flintlock shooters thought they had a monopoly on such arcane antiquity! HA!
Jeremiah (far left) is a fine shot with his matchlock caliver, and Lizzie (in red) is turning into one as well shooting her own caliver. (she's great with her .22 already, but shooting matchlocks is its own skill set enirely!) I'm trying to convince her to form a Women's Camarada of Shot for our School of the Renaissance Soldier in April. THAT would be wonderful! Show up the men-folk in how to shoot these things properly!
Here are various shots of us shooting and hanging out, and me of course firing my wheellock pistol. I actually managed to hit a steel knock-down target with it at 25 yards with my first shot, and that target went DOWN! .57" round ball and 55 grains of powder will do that.
Gordon Frye: Renaissance Motorcyclist