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2021 International Club Team Postal Matches
The International Club Team Postal Match has been CANCELED for 2021.
The International Club Team Postal Match will not take place
during 2021. The covid-19 epidemic greatly disrupted the shooting
schedules of participating muzzle loading clubs during the last
three months of the 2020 event. After careful consideration and
after discussions with local coordinators of some of the clubs,
prospects were obviously dim for setting up a successful
competition for the first six months of 2021. The result was a
decision to call off the match for 2021.
The match organizers and many members of the participating clubs
were disappointed with 2020 results. Five of the eight clubs
were not able to submit targets for scoring for the last three
months of the match. (Here is a link to the 2020 Results
In order maintain interest in the match and to serve as a general
boost to participating muzzle loaders' morale, the UPMLA
distributed "Team Member" ribbons to the local team coordinators
to be given to all shooters who had shot the match target for at
least one of the monthly events. They seemed to be well
The International Match will resume in 2022
The UPMLA plans to conduct the match again, assuming some
successful resolution of current social upset. In 2021 the match
organizers will contact clubs that have recently participated,
and clubs that might be interested in joining up in 2022. The
guidelines and organization of the 2022 match will be like that
of previous matches, so the description below of the 2020 event
will remain here for reference.
The UPMLA sponsors a team postal competition among several muzzle
loading clubs. The competition involves monthly matches taking
place over a six month period, January through June. Participating
clubs have been located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida,
Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, and the province of Ontario.
Eight clubs from Canada and the United States entered the
How it works: Each month, each shooter who shows up
at a meeting of a participating club fires six shots at a paper
target distributed individually for that month's competition.
All who shoot are considered to be "on the team" for their club
for that month. All shooters at an individual club should fire at
the same time and place. There are no "make-up" targets for absent
shooters. Numbers of individuals who shoot at any of the clubs can
vary from month to month. Management of the monthly shooting event
for each club (time, day, place, etc.) is left to the club.
Targets are placed 25 yards from the firing line. Firearms should
be traditional sidehammer or underhammer rifles or smoothbores,
either flintlocks or caplocks. Open sights only. Patched roundball
only. The five highest scoring shots on each target will be
counted toward the individual target score of 50 points maximum.
After the monthly shoot, each club mails the targets from all of
its shooters to the UPMLA competition scorer. The five
highest-scoring targets from each club are totaled to make up the
club score for that month.
The scorer will tabulate the scores of the targets of each shooter
in each club, and send results showing scores of all the shooters
to the coordinator of each club. Every shooter can then see the
scores of every other shooter in all the clubs.
There are NO FEES for participating. The only cost to a
club is for postage to return the targets for scoring, and for
making photocopies of the new target for club members each month.
In 2020, eight clubs are participating:
- Baraga Blackpowder Bunch shooting at Ottawa
Sportsmen's Club, Upper Peninsula of Michigan.(Link to Ottawa club web site)
- Crumlin Sportsmen's Association of London, Ontario, Canada.
(Link to Crumlin
Sportsmen's Association web site)
- McKinley Mountainmen Muzzle Loading Rifle Club of Anchorage,
Alaska.(Link to McKinley Mountainmen club web
- Menominee Ridge Runners from Northern Wisconsin, shooting
in Menominee, Michigan
- North Bend Muzzle Loaders from North Bend, Washington
- Rio Salado Sportsmen's Club in Mesa, Arizona.(Link to
Rio Salado club web site)
- Santa Cruz Muzzleloaders at Santa Cruz, California. (Link to
Cruz Muzzleloaders web site.) They shoot at Scotts Valley
Sportsmen's Club. (Link to Scotts Valley web
- Voyageurs Muzzle Loading Rifle Club from Sudbury, Ontario,
The targets often show a good bit of imagination and artistry.
Some careful planning before shooting may be necessary to
decide how to place the shots for a maximum score.
The competition is for fun and glory.
Summary scores for the teams may be posted in the News and Notes
section of the UPMLA web site. (Here is a link to the 2020
More information? Questions? Contact:
- Jon Henkel
11428 US Highway 41
Pelkie, MI 49958