The Twentieth Annual - YES, 20 YEARS - Smugglers' Notch Primitive Biathlon, presented by the Smugglers' Notch Area Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company of Conway, NH and The Ancient Ones of Maine, will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 24th and 25th, 2015 on the grounds of the Sterling Ridge Inn and Log Cabins in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Start times are Saturday between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM and Sunday between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
This is the original Primitive Biathlon, and the largest such event held. Rather than the olympic-style target rifles and cross-country skis, this rather unusual event involves the use of muzzleloading rifles and snowshoes. Eligibility for overall prizes is limited to single-barrel traditional style muzzleloaders - no in-lines or optical sights - and traditional wood-framed snowshoes, although modern equipment users are welcome to participate. In the primitive spirit of the event, and in the interest of fairness, the use of round-ball ammunition is requested. Period dress is definitely encouraged, though not required.
The beautiful, mostly wooded course is approximately 2 miles long and can be enjoyed by the average sportsman - you needn't be an olympic athlete! The route will be well-marked and will include four target stages with a total of nine shots. A mis-fire is a miss (Keep your powder dry!), times will be adjusted based on shooting scores putting an emphasis on accuracy, and the final target stage will be in an open, spectator area where families of the entrants and anyone interested can watch. This event will be held regardless of the weather - remember the concept of 'Primitive'. In the event of insufficient snow for snowshoes, bring a good pair of woods boots.
We are proud to present the Marilyn Grice
Memorial Trophy to the Top Overall Finisher, as well as trophies to
First, Second and Third Place Overall, First Smoothbore(No Rear Sight),
First Pistol, First Woman(Any Age), First Junior(Under Sixteen), First
'Elder'(60 and Over) and First 'Old Fart' (70 and Over shooting for
score only - times don't matter). A goodly number of merchandise prizes
will be awarded by blind draw of all participants. This includes two
muzzleloading rifles - a Thompson/Center Hawkin-style caplock from the
Ancient Ones of Maine and a Hatfield caplock courtesy of Tom Scrodin.
Traders of appropriate goods are welcome with the approval of the organizers. Fee is a merchandise prize for the blanket.
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