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Re: Fort Laramie Blunt target

Posted by Ken Smith on Wednesday, 3 February 2016, at 11:33 a.m., in response to Re: Fort Laramie Blunt target, posted by frontierwest on Tuesday, 2 February 2016, at 12:28 p.m.

Blunt's targets are easy to re-produce,(so long as you have the manual to obtain dimensions.) I had templates made of the 3 silhouette figures, so that is just a matter of trace and cut out with a sabre saw. The "A","B", and "C" targets require making a trammel. But, this too, is a one time process since you can cut the elliptical rings into quarters and use them as templates too. This saves a lot of room in storage. The rail mounted target at Ft. Custer is likely the "Cushing Target", outlined in Blunt's manual. See, this is what I was trying to get started here in my area at Ft. Bayard. I was trying to put together a small squad of historic riflemen into a living history organization and shoot issue rifles and carbines covering the years 1866 thru 1890. Of course, we would have been shooting according to all the rules and regulations, targets, and distances in the manual, and naturally, attired in the uniform appropriate to the period of the arm the soldier uses. I had one other member beside myself, but he passed on last October. So its all in limbo now.


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