Founding Fathers Black Hills

Musket Range

tn_shot 1(1)America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit recently added authentic colonial musket-shooting to their operation.

tn_Artist shootsThe Musket Range provides an opportunity for visitors to shoot the Kentucky long rifle our founding fathers used while fighting for freedom in the Revolutionary War. Historically, the Kentucky long rifle replaced the European-made “Brown Bessie” rifles that were heavy, short-ranged, and wasted precious powder and lead—making them unsuitable for the American Frontier. During the fight for independence, American gunsmiths reduced the bores to smaller caliber to conserve lead and powder, increased the barrel length for extra thrust, and finally “rifled” the barrel for further range and accuracy. The Kentucky quickly became famous for precision up to 200 yards. Daniel Boone carried a Kentucky long rifle through Cumberland Gap.

The range is located north of the Independence Hall. With the purchase of a ticket, participants receive instruction on loading and firing in the context of a brief history lesson and get to shoot the musket three times.

The Musket Range is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m during the summer season. It is closed on Sunday. Shooters must sign a liability release and be at least 16 years of age to participate. Tickets for musket shooting are $20. Tickets to see the exhibit and shoot are $30.

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