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| The SSAA-Victorian Muzzle Loading Club (an SSAA
sub-club) was formed in late 1970 and is the longest running muzzle
loading / black powder club in Victoria. The Club meets for organised
competitions on the third Saturday of every month at the SSAA Eagle
Park Range located at the
northern end of the You Yangs. Competitions are organised for all black
powder original and
reproduction firearms including cap & ball, cartridge and single
shot handguns, muzzle loading long arms including flint, percussion,
patched- ball, minie-ball, slug-projectile, smooth bore musket as well
as cartridge rifle, and muzzle loading and cartridge shotgun. It is not
a prerequisite to own all these types of black powder firearms; indeed
some members have one or two firearms whilst others have sufficient to
enter all Class competitions.
Although scheduled competitions are held every month, and members attending are urged to participate, it is not a Club requirement they do so. The emphasis is on appreciating the use of black powder firearms, and most members find that shooting in competitions is the best way to achieve this.
From January to October the competitions are run, with prize winners presented with cards as well as shields and trophies for the various Championships such as Breech Loading Rifle, Class 1 Rifle (military muzzle loader), Class 2 Rifle (traditional patched ball muzzle loader), Class 3 Rifle (any muzzle loader), Class 4 Rifle (slug-projectile muzzle loader), Flintlock Muzzle Loading Rifle, Muzzle Loading Shotgun and Handgun.
For the month of November many members camp at Eagle Park for the two-day State Championship where lots of black powder and lead is expended during the day and on Saturday night everyone relaxes at the free BBQ exchanging black powder stories and generally having a good time. December is set aside for some traditional novelty type competitions.
VMLC Membership also includes an entertaining and informed newsletter, The Ramrod, which is mailed to members every month. The Ramrod includes shooters’ scores, club records, coming events and additional articles of interest to the black powder enthusiast and novice.
Non-members interested in black powder shooting are more than welcome to attend our shoots where they can experience first hand this truly engrossing and satisfying sport.
Note that the VMLC shoots at Eagle Park on the third Saturday of every month except for May which is the fourth Saturday, although this may change to the THIRD Saturday for 2013.
Stuart John Doig
29 July 1944 ~ 4 January 2008
Stuart was an active member of the Club for many years. He was well known as being a determined and competitive shooter, yet he was also generous, in that he would always make the time to help a fellow competitor in need of assistance. There are more than a few Club members, including myself, who have benefited from Stuarts coaching endeavours. Stuart had mentioned to me that “after his recovery” he wanted to spend the rest of his shooting career as a Coach with the Club.
Stuart took his illness in his stride; in his mind, it was just another one of life’s minor inconveniences that simply needed to be overcome. He was determined that it was just a matter of time before “he beat it” therefore he had many plans that he was contemplating. Quite often he would share his designs with me, the most recent of which involved either, or both, Suzanne and Jennifer joining the Club and taking up target shooting. I am not sure if Stuart’s family is aware of this scheme, perhaps it was his intention to surprise them.
Stuart would also take the time to call and have a pleasant chat which would cover various topics, but he would inevitably steer the conversation towards his passion and forte which was pistol shooting. In fact Stuart was such an accomplished pistol shooter that he was able to represent Australia at the MLAIC Muzzle Loading World Championships in Lucca, Italy in 2002.
Stuart was a genuine friend to me, and I will always remember him at the range, shooting one of his beloved pistols, and scoring yet another 10X! Everyone who knew Stuart will sorely miss him, our Sport, Club and Lives will be emptier.
I sincerely hope there is an afterlife, where Stuart, and his family and friends will be reunited in the distant future.
Finally, I thank Dianne, Suzanne and Jennifer for giving me the honour to eulogise at this Celebration of Life for Stuart, an exceptional privilege they have bestowed on me.
SSAA-Victorian Muzzle Loading Club,
|This is how I will remember Stuart, shooting another 10X!|