The 2019 National Championship Shoot was a busy time for the 1 of 1000 Endowment. We currently have 720 members as we strive to reach our minimum 2019 goal of at least 750 members. When we reach 750, we will be three quarters of the way to our ultimate goal of 1000 members. As the saying goes, the train is moving; it is time to get onboard.
The 1 of 1000 Match was held immediately after the opening ceremony, at noon, on Saturday. Thirty five shooters participated. The beautiful wooden target was provided by Arlie Thayer, 1 of 1000 member # 3, and winner of the 2018 1 of 1000 Match. Arlie, assisted by his wife Judy, created an outstanding target. Andy Larson and his wife, Susy, helped keep the match running smoothly, Andy plotting hits and Susy loading her rifle for any member wishing to use it. Some shooters used their own rifles. Sixteen shooters chose to use Max Vickery’s .54 caliber Hawken. When the smoke all cleared and the hits were compared to the secret winning spot, Joe Hill, NMLRA President was declared the winner. Joe received a beautiful banded powder horn, created and donated by Reddick, Master Horner of The Honourable Company of Horners, and a fine handcrafted wooden chest, made and donated by Dick Truex, 1 of 1000 member and NMLRA Black Powder Hall of Fame member.
The 1 of 1000 Reception was held at the Rand House, 6 to 8 P.M., Saturday evening. Forty plus members enjoyed a pleasant evening visiting with fellow members and enjoying good food and drink. Eric Blanton and his wife attended from Illinois. Eric was the lucky winner of the drawing for the 2018 1 of 1000 Powder Horn at the Spring Shoot in June. He brought the horn so that others could see it. The highlight of the evening was the drawing for the door prize. The door prize was a wonderful shooting box, painstakingly handcrafted and donated by 1 of 1000 member Pete Wygant. Pete, generously, regularly donates his shooting boxes in support of the NMLRA. Pete’s shooting boxes are highly sought after and valued accordingly. The lucky winner was Dave Ehrig, Muzzle Blasts Editor.