Historical shooting disciplines

Precision shooting disciplines

Our muzzleloading rule book is based on the MLIAC constitution. We organize competitions for nearly all international paper target and clay shooting disciplines. We are a small country but we a many good shooters. We are especially strong in flintlock rifle, and military rifle disciplines, but we have really good Vetterli, Kuchenreuter and Mariette shooters.

To serve the shooters better, and to increase their numbers we invented some “national disciplines” as well in the spirit of the MLAIC events. We felt this necessary to involve more and more people. We understand that it is hard to be competitive in Vetterli for a beginner shooter with a patch round ball rifle without diopter sights or shooting boots and jacket.

DSCF2138This is why we developed some events with a more historical touch:

  • Trapper: this discipline is a 50 m offhand rifle discipline. Only open sight rifles are welcome and the shooter must not wear any modern shooting accessories like boots, diopter shooting glasses, gloves, jackets. The load must only be patched round ball.

  • Frontiersman: this discipline is a 100 m offhand rifle discipline. Only open sight rifles are welcome and the shooter must not wear any modern shooting accessory like boots, diopter shooting glasses, gloves, jackets. The load must only be patched round ball. Target is the 200m French military target.

  • Paterson: this discipline is only for open frame percussion revolvers. No modern accessories allowed like shooting boots, gloves, diopter shooting glasses.

  • Rákóczi: 25 m rifled flintlock pistol event with the same rules as Cominazzo

  • Augustin: 50 m offhand shooting event for smooth bore percussion muskets. Target is 200 m French military target.

  • Lenkey: 25 m offhand shooting event for smooth bore percussion carbines. Target is 200 m French military target.

  • Klapka: 25 m offhand shooting event for smooth bore percussion and flintlock pistols. Target is 200 m French military target.

  • Berdan: This discipline was invented for percussion breech loading arms like the Sharps, Smith, Gallager or Lindner. 50 m distance, offhand position, modern accessories allowed.

gunsOur activities also include the firearms of the pre 1896 era, namely breech loading arms, preferably loaded with blackpowder ammo:

  • Webley: 25 m competition for pre 1896 single action revolvers.

  • Yellowboy: 50 m offhand competition for pre 1896 revolver caliber repeating rifles.

  • Sharps: 50 m offhand discipline for pre 1896 single shot rifles.

  • Quigley: 100 m prone discipline for pre 1895 single shot rifles.

But we don’t stop here. Our next family of shooting disciplines is based on the pistols, revolvers DSC_0154and rifles of the great wars of the 20th century:

  • Mannlicher 50 and 100: pre-1945 service military repeating rifles in unmodified state

  • Garand 50 and 100: pre-1945 service military self loading rifles in unmodified state

  • Zajcev 100: pre-1945 service military rifles with original scopes and scope mounts in unmodified state

  • Frommer: pre-1945 service military self loading pistols 25 m

  • Gasser: pre-1945 service military revolvers 25 m

It is very important that these pre 1945 events are not “reenacting disciplines” therefore it is strictly forbidden to wear the uniform of any armies involved in the great wars. These wars are a bit too close in our history.

Trapper shooting

3Trapper shooting is 100% fun shooting while it prepares shooters for real live hunting situations. The targets are usually reactive targets like balloons, metal plates, plastic bottles or tiles, but we also often use paper targets with life size game illustrations. The shooting distance is 30-200 meters simulating hunting scenes.

We encourage the shooters to use string hunting loads, and also wear the clothes of 18-19th century hunters. These competitions are usually 2-3 day events with great times spent around the campfire with friends. We all love precision shooting, but the blackpowder life cannot be complete without the relaxing feeling of the trapper shooting competitions.

Military style shooting

1A few years ago a group of Civil War enthusiasts established a line of competitions following the rulebook of North-South Skirmish Associations. It seems a bit strange to re-enact the American Civil War in a distant country like Hungary, but this is not such a wild idea. Many hundreds of Hungarian immigrants fought in the Civil War when they were forced to leave their homeland after the fall of the 1848-49 revolution and freedom fights.

These competitions are really spectacular with reactive targets like tiles, clay targets, flower pots. The 8-person teams personify separate units of the Civil War. We have two units so far: the 39th NY Vol. Inf. Company G, and the 1st Texas.

Cowboy action shooting

15Western shooting is also a 15-year old activity in Hungary. Shooting the famous SA revolvers, lever action rifles and shotguns of the wild west era is great fun and a great challenge. The small team of Hungarian CAS shooters are frequent visitors of European cowboy matches and they have achieved commendable recognition for our country. In 2012 Hungary organized the biggest European cowboy event, the informal European Championship of cowboy action, the Days of Truth match. Nearly 200 shooters gathered from all over Europe – and also some from the US – to take part in the one-week lead dispensing adventure.