by Jon Uithol
A message from the Editor
If this is your first visit, welcome to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Associations (NMLRA) online version of its monthly magazine Muzzle Blasts. If youve been here before, welcome back.
Some of Muzzle Blasts Onlines features are previously unpublished works, while others articles have already appeared in another of the NMLRAs publications. The parent magazine, Muzzle Blasts, is an eighty page monthly, received as a benefit of a $30 annual membership in the NMLRA.
Muzzle Blasts Online comes out about every two months, but with no specific schedule. As we get staffed up and gain more experience, we will evolve into a regular monthly presentation.
This issue of Muzzle Blasts Online offers a typical mix of topics. We have a very interesting article on one of the lesser know theaters of the American Civil War--Illinois. And our buckskinning readers will be surprised by the activity described in our article about this sport in Belgium.
Two of our regular reviewers, Susan Jennys and Chuck Hamsa, have book reviews in this issue, and joining them for the first time is Muzzle Blasts columnist Rick Hacker with Hacker Hunting Lodge.
Whatever your muzzleloading interests are, theres a good chance youll see them covered here in Muzzle Blasts Online. If you dont, send me a Letter To The Editor and well see what we can do. Remember, if it loads through the muzzle and uses black powder or a black powder substitute, the NMLRA supports it.
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