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The Black Powder Plainsman: A Beginner's Guide to Muzzle-Loading and Reenactment on the Great Plains

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The Black Powder Plainsman provides a wealth of information on muzzleloading and the history of the Plainsmen. The author explores the lives and roles of women, Plainsmen relations with the Native Americans, and the current status of the hobby of muzzleloading, along with many other topics. He also shares advice on how to get involved in historical reenactments and how to preserve the values of the early Plainsmen. Hunting techniques with muzzleloading rifles are also explored.

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The Black Powder Plainsman: A Beginner's Guide to Muzzle-Loading and Reenactment on the Great Plains

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Overview

The Black Powder Plainsman provides a wealth of information on muzzleloading and the history of the Plainsmen. The author explores the lives and roles of women, Plainsmen relations with the Native Americans, and the current status of the hobby of muzzleloading, along with many other topics. He also shares advice on how to get involved in historical reenactments and how to preserve the values of the early Plainsmen. Hunting techniques with muzzleloading rifles are also explored.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616082864
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 461,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Smith is the director of State & Federal Programs for Dodge City,
Kansas. He is also a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association,
International Black Powder Hunting Association, and the Kansas Muzzleloading
Association. His work has been featured in many black powder and historical publications, such as Muzzle Blasts, Wild West, Black Powder Hunting, and Muzzle-
loader, and he currently has fourteen published books. He lives in Garden
City, Kansas.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 The Hobby of Muzzle-Loading 1

More Than Just Guns

The Rebirth of Black Powder

Categories of Muzzle-Loading

Categories of Living History

The Common Meeting Ground

2 The Days of the Santa Fe Trail 11

Enter the Americans

Major Trails of the Plains

The Indians' Clash with White Culture

The Mountain Men and the Plains

The Growth and Influence of Texas

Second Wave of Settlement

End of an Era

3 Traders, Soldiers, and Hunters 20

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Plains Warfare

A Different World

Men and Women

A World of Nobility and Ignorance

4 Black Powder Guns of the Plains 27

Replica Arms

Modern Hunting Muzzleloaders

The In-Line Muzzleloader

Cartridge Firearms

Black Powder Pistols

5 Reenactment-How to Begin 37

Reenactment on a Budget

Standard Dress and Equipment on the Plains

Plains Clothing

Resources

6 The Woman's Role 49

The Real versus the Myth

Family Responsibilities

Review of Women's Dress

7 Portraying Women of the Plains 54

Accurate Reenactment Considerations

Style Suggestions

Resources for Women's Study

8 Rendezvous 64

Spirit versus Authenticity

Terminology

Typical Rendezvous Rules

Acceptable Dress

Advantages and Disadvantages

General Suggestions for Rendezvous

9 Black Powder Accessories 73

Black Powder and Pyrodex

Patched Balls and Conicals

Necessary Accessories

Care and Cleaning Tips

Handguns

Special Items

10 The Black Powder Trek 82

Supplies

Water

Clothing

Camp Equipment

Food

Primitive Camping

Supply List

11 Big Game Hunting 91

Whitetail Deer

Mule Deer

Feral Hogs and Javelina

American Pronghorn Antelope

Black Bear and Elk

Gun Recommendations

Elements for Success

Starter Load Recommendations

12 Muzzle-loader Shotgun Hunting 102

Muzzle-Loading Shotgun Selections

Keep It Simple!

Backup Supplies

Tips for Successful Shotgunning

Pheasant

Quail

Doves

Prairie Chicken

Turkey

Waterfowl

13 Varmints and Small Game 111

Wolves

Coyotes

Prairie Dogs

Feral Hogs

Rabbits

Squirrels

Crows

Pioneer Tough

14 Muzzle-Loading's Future 121

Sidelock and In-Line Muzzleloaders

A Need for Active Involvement

A Bright Future for Living History

The Plains

15 Capsule Chronology: 1820-1876 128

1820-1829

1830-1839

1840-1849

1850-1859

1860-1869

1870-1879

16 Creating the Historical Dramatic Monologue 136

17 Old West Reenactors-Re-creating the Old West with Style and Accuracy 144

18 Old West Reenactment Skits, Gunfights, and Plays 149

Reenactment as Drama

RGA Judges' Instructions

Historical Accuracy

Production Guidance

Old West Reenactment

Index 156

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