A proposal for a Black Powder Hall of Fame for outstanding members of the NMLRA
was unanimously passed by the Board of Directors in 1994. The first nominees to receive the
honors were Roy ``Pa'' Keeler, W.A. ``Bill'' Carver, and posthumously, Red Farris and Roland
Harper. The screening committee is allowed to present not more than four living and four
posthumous names for approval in any year. Any nominee not approved can be resubmitted for
consideration in future years. A set of recommendations and requirements accompanies each Hall
of Fame application. Name and membership numbers are required for the nominator and
endorsee. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1st of each year. Nominees who are
approved by the Board of Directors will be honored at the general membership meeting in June of
In 1996, one deceased and four living members were admitted by the Board. Since the
June shoot was canceled because of the flood, the awards were conferred in September at the
general membership meeting. This issue of Muzzle Blasts was chosen to highlight the Black
Powder Hall of Fame, and last year's recipients grace the cover.
A competitive shooter, past president, former public relations chairman, organizer, and
dedicated NMLRA member, Merrill P. Deer is well known throughout the black powder
Charles Haffner, Sr. is a seven-time national champion and still holds the national record
of 100-4X in the 25 yard flintlock timed fire. He has contributed greatly to the NMLRA and is
highly respected in the black powder community.
Turner Kirkland (founder of Dixie Gun Works) is considered one of our country's most
influential promoters of black powder shooting. For over 49 years, he has actively promoted the
sport of black powder competition and hunting.
Virgil Hartley, posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, was a range officer, pistol
shooter, and builder of pistols, rifles, shotguns, and fine knives. He didn't set any records, but he
counseled and directed others, influenced newcomers, and was held in high esteem by his fellow
Cut from the same cloth as Red Farris, as some might say, and a true and dedicated lady of
the NMLRA, Maxine Moss has long competed, implemented, defended, and promoted black
powder sports and competition. She is known throughout the United States and the world for her
guidance and tireless efforts on behalf of the NMLRA.
The NMLRA is not the largest shooting organization, but we do have some of the finest people to
associate with, and they deserve the recognition the NMLRA Black Powder Hall of Fame
bestows upon them. They were shooters, contributors, guides, and examples of our heritage and
the values of the NMLRA.
We will be announcing and honoring the new 1997 Black Powder Hall of Fame inductees at the
general membership meeting during the National Championship Shoot in June. Please make
plans to attend the general membership meeting in the barn on Friday, June 20, 1997.