Discover Friendship, Indiana…
… where the past comes alive.
As you enter the gates of the Curly Gostomski Primitive Range, the smell of woodsmoke takes you back to a simpler time. Treasures await in this primitive area of campfires, tipis and buckskinners. Traders offer a large array of goods – beads, baskets, ironware, knives, buckskins, traditional muzzleloaders, powder horns, accoutrements and more – and friendly advice to those who ask.
If you are interested in the fine art of gunmaking, you can view some of today’s finest treasures at Gunmakers Hall. Gunmakers Hall is open to the public during the National Shoots. It displays rifles, pistols and accoutrements built by contemporary gunmakers.
Take a stroll through Commercial Row and see what treasures you can uncover. Some of the country’s finest muzzleloading merchants set up shop during the National Shoots. This is a great chance to find the muzzleloader you’ve been looking for. You can also pick up accessories for deer season or your club shoot, locate research books and accoutrements or just take in the sights and sounds of Friendship. The vendors will be happy to give guidance and answer your questions. Come and shop with us!
The Museum of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association is open to the public during the June and September competitions. There are ever changing themes with a guest curator who is knowledgeable about the particular items being displayed. Admittance is free to the public – freewill donations are accepted.
The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association holds two major shooting events each year at the Walter Cline Range in Friendship, Indiana. The annual Spring National Shoot is held in mid-June and the National Championship Shoot is held in mid-September. Several weekend shoots are held throughout the year.
During the two major events shooters from around the world compete for national record scores. There are competitions for muzzleloading rifle, pistol, shotgun, musket, bench and slug guns, as well as primitive archery, tomahawk and knife throwing. Spectators are welcome – better yet, become a member and participate. All levels of skill are welcome. You’ll find most competitors are eager to share information – you may even make a few new friends.
NMLRA National Range Map (PDF)
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