Black Powder Division

Mount Benson Buckskinners 

Chairman:  Ross Bowen

The Black Powder section is a group members who enjoy the challenge of shooting the guns (and replicas of them) used in the 1800’s and earlier.  While the majority of us shoot primarily replicas of the guns of the fur trade, we also use replica of the muzzle loading guns of the British, American and French armies prior to the mid 1860s.  (roughly the introduction of cartridge rifles). Muzzle loading means that we pour powder and ball down the barrel to load the guns.  The powder can be ignited with either a flint lock or a percussion lock.  Our competitions are called rendezvous in memory of the early summer gatherings of mountain men trappers to sell their hides and buy new supplies, as well as party and participate in competitions of various kinds.  In addition to rifle shooting we also shoot muzzle loading handguns and compete for accuracy with tomahawks and bowie knifes.

Additionally some of us shoot single shot rifles at longer ranges reminiscent of buffalo hunting and of the international long range competitions on the Creedmore Range in the USA.  (the range is now Central Park in New York)

Please check the Calendar for Trail walks and the annual Rendezvous dates .



Feb 3              Duncan

March 3         Nanaimo

March 23         Duncan

April 14           SVI Rangers

May 5              Courtenay

May 26               Parksville

June 15              Duncan

September 8     Parksville

October 20        Courtenay

October 26/27  Victoria

November 16     Duncan

November 24      Nanaimo


Duncan           Dave Drysdale          (250) 715 6541

Courtenay        Rurik Myrbo              (250) 218 7139

SVI Rangers     Jim White                   (250) 478 5787

Malahat            Laurie Page               (250) 388 0705

Parksville          Graham Alexander      (250) 752 1855

Nanaimo           Doug Miller                   (250) 758 1303

Victoria             John Pullen                   (250) 474 2512