Who We Are: Our membership includes men and women with a passion for shooting muzzle loading rifles, pistols, and shotguns as would be seen on the frontiers of 18th century America. In addition to shooting, many members bring with them an appreciation for historical accuracy in the firearms we use and the accessories, or accouchements we carry. It is not unusual to see shooters in leather garments made in the style of the Native Americans who shared the mountains and plains of the frontier. Other shooters wear clothing in the style of those of the working class who made their living at the edge of the frontier and had access to sturdy natural fabrics.
Our Place In Time: Historically, our members share an affinity for the “Shining Time” which started shortly after the return of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806 and ended in the latter half of the 1840s. John Colter, a member of the Corps of Discovery, left his comrades on the return voyage to become a “mountain man”, and would return to the mountains he just left to trap beaver for their valuable pelts. Colter’s Hell, the hot springs on the Shoshone River near Cody, Wyoming, was named after him.
Shining Times: During its heyday, the Mountain Men would spend their time in the “High Lonesome”, trapping beaver and processing their hides. Once a year they would venture to the plains and bring their processed pelts, or plews, to a pre-determined meeting, or Rendezvous, where merchants would exchange the plews for needed supplies such as flour, tobacco, gunpowder, lead, and whiskey. Amid the bartering, men who had lived in relative isolation had a chance to meet with old friends, share stories, and in many cases, to compete in contests of marksmanship. It is the camaraderie and friendly competition that best reflects the modern Rendezvous, just as it did in the nineteenth century.
|William Henry Jackson. "Rocky Mountain Rendezvous" 1932-1938|
Internet References: From time to time, interesting videos can be found on YouTube. Here's an interesting one on shooting a muzzle loading pistol.