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2023 International Club Team Postal Matches

[img:map_tps] For more than a decade the UPMLA has been sponsoring and coordinating a team postal competition among muzzle loading clubs located across the USA and Canada. Participating clubs have been located in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and in the province of Ontario.

The competiton takes place over a six month period, January through June, with a separate match each month. Each club shoots its postal targets a during regular monthly club meeting.

In 2023, seven clubs are participating:
  • Baraga Blackpowder Bunch shooting at Ottawa Sportsmen's Club, Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
  • McKinley Mountainmen Muzzle Loading Rifle Club of Anchorage, Alaska.
  • 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.
  • Santa Cruz Muzzleloaders at Santa Cruz, California, shooting at Scotts Valley Sportsmen's Club.
  • Voyageurs Muzzle Loading Rifle Club from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
How it works:  Each month, each shooter who shows up at a meeting of a participating club will fire six shots at a paper target distributed individually for that month's mstch. 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. The number of individuals who shoot at any one 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, rifled or smoothbored, either flintlocks or caplocks. Open sights only. Patched roundball only. Shots will be taken from the offhand position: the upper arm may rest against the chest.

After a club's monthly shoot, the coordinator at the club will collect and mail the targets from all of club's shooters to the UPMLA competition scorer. The five best shots on each target will count toward the individual target score of 50 possible points. Then the points of the five highest-scoring targets from a club will be totaled to make up the club's score for that month's match.

The UPMLA scorer will tabulate the target scores of each shooter in each club and send the results to the coordinators of each participating club. Every shooter will be able to see the individual scores of all the shooters from 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 targets for club members for each month.

[img:tgtapril] 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 2023 Scores .)

More information? Questions? Contact:
  • Jon Henkel
    11428 US Highway 41
    Pelkie, MI 49958
    phone  906-353-6511
      email: jonhenkel@up.net

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