Jake Peters shoots his replica Hatfield .50cal caplock-ignition rifle.
Photo Credit: Julie Unterreimer

Arts-Culture 60- preserving old ways, Saskatchewan Muzzle Loaders Club

Hello, and welcome to another spotlight on Canadian arts, culture, and lifestyle.

While noisy, black powder muzzle loaders don’t have
the very loud sharp crack of modern high velocity
firearms. They do produce a lot more smoke (and fun
and excitement according to members)

© Saskatchewan Muzzle Loaders Club

On this edition, a bit of a lifestyle and cultural aspect to the show.  today I speak with a man with an interesting and not too common hobby.

Jake Peters is among those Canadians who enjoy collecting, building, hunting, and target shooting with an antique type of firearm. He is past president and a current committee member with the Saskatchewan Muzzle Loaders Cl;ub.

In addition to their military use, these are the types of guns that helped open up Canada. They were vital to explorers, fur traders, and pioneering settlers as protection and to feed themselves.  They required one to be a good hunter, getting close enough for a clean shot.

You really only had one chance, and that might mean the difference between eating and starvation.

Pushing the cloth patch and ball into the bore.
Rifled barrels were common in hunting rifles by the
1800’s. The patch helped seal the expanding gasses
behind the ball. Rifling however meant a much longer
process to load, and so was not adopted in military
muskets of the time.
© Julie Untereimer

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Mr Peters about this unique hobby..and by the way, the Saskatchewan Muzzle Loaders Club is about the celebrate its 50th year, so congratulations from us!





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