Discover Educational Opportunities
The NMLRA offers opportunities to learn new crafts and skills during classes held at the NMLRA Education Building. Classes are offered at various times throughout the year and during the national shoots in June and September. Recently we have offered learning opportunities for engraving, leather bag making, scrismshandering, soap making, finger weaving, porcupine quill embroidery, and gourd painting. We also hold concealed carry and hunter education classes. Please visit our website for dates and times at www.nmlra.org or call the office at 812-667-5131
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 tomahawk 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 find a few new friends.
Discover Yesteryear’s Craftsmanship
if you are interested in the fine art of gun-making, 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 gun-makers.
Discover Today’s Treasures
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 nationals. 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 you guidance and answer your questions.
Discover the Past
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, buck-skins, traditional muzzleloaders, powder horns, accoutrements and more – and friendly advice to those who ask.
The museum of the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association is open to the public from 11 to 2 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 museum – free will donations are accepted.