February 21, 2014
Modern mountain men prove their mettle shooting 1800’s-style muzzleloaders
Steve Baima struggled with his muzzleloader. An old-timer watched as Baima tried to get his handmade rifle to fire. Instead of the advice Baima expected, the old-timer told him a line he’s never forgotten.
“He said, ‘I hate to tell you this, but your scalp is already on the pole,’” Baima said.
That drove home to Baima that his new hobby — he had just started to learn how to make and shoot black-powder guns — once was a life-or-death necessity. Originally, he said, muzzleloaders were needed for self-protection and to put food on the table.