About Us


Think of it as the U.S. Olympic Team of muzzle-loading competition.

Our goal is to develop a cadre of top muzzle-loading competitors to represent the United States in international competition organized under the Muzzle Loading Associations International Confederation (formerly Committee). Composed of 34 member and affiliated countries, the MLAIC draws as many as 450 shooters to World matches. The World Muzzle Loading Championships, held since 1972, are the highest level of target shooting with muzzle-loading arms.

Competitions for individuals and teams are divided into two broad classes, short-range and long-range.

Short-range matches include those for rifled and smooth bore pistols, rifled and smooth bore long arms, and shotguns. Guns include original and reproductions of matchlocks, flintlocks, and percussion locks. Originals and reproductions shoot in separate classes. Most matches are shot on the International 25/50 meter B17 target, and include 100 meter distances for rifled long arms on the same targets. Short-range world competitions are held in even-numbered years. In odd-numbered years, short-range zone matches are organized as postal events with teams shooting in their home countries. The U.S. is in the Pacific Zone, which includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and Venezuela.      

USIMLT Short-Range Team, 2018 World Championship, Eisenstadt, Austria

The Long-Range Team shoots from 300 to 1000 yards in the U.S. and 300 to 900 meters on metric ranges. Depending on match organization and yard or meter ranges, courses of fire can include 300, 500, 600, 800, 900 meters/yards, and 1000 yards. Long-range world competitions are held in odd-numbered years. The Long-Range Team currently holds a yearly National match at the Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, Arizona. Long-range percussion rifles are used exclusively, and include arms typically developed in the U.S. and Great Britain in the latter half of the 19th Century.   

Long Range Team: Rear L to R Lee Shaver, Kenn Heismann, Dave Gullo, Craig Faubion, then Co-Captain Ray Hanson. Front L-to R, Brice Harper, then Captain Ed Decker, Dave Munch. Photo taken on the occasion of winning the 2019 World Championship in Bisley, UK.

The USIMLT was formed in 1976 to field a team at the World Championships and drew upon the National Rifle Association, the North-South Skirmish Association and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Each had active muzzle-loading programs and some very accomplished shooters – and some of the best were members of more than one group. Because no American organization specialized in the International style of competition the USIMLT was formed as an independent organization.

Being able to select the best competitors from the whole spectrum of American muzzleloading has proven to be highly successful, as the USIMLT has been one of the strongest teams in international competition.

How to Join

The future could include you! If your goal is to develop into a world-class competitive shooter, the USIMLT is for you. Interested? Want to learn more? Go to our Contacts page and send us a note. We’ll follow up with you shortly.  

Closing ceremony, Short-range World competition, Eisenstadt, Austria, 2018

Team Captains and Team Officers

Short-Range: Bob Peloquin, Captain; Bob Lineaweaver, Pistol Lieutenant; Mark Pafford, Long Arms Lieutenant.
Long-Range: Art Fleener, Captain

Juniors! The Future of Our Sport

This is the Sellaro family: top right, Mark, his son Sam to the left and Mark’s grandsons, Dominic, age 11 (left), and Antonio age 9 (right). They are a close family and accomplished shotguners. In the 2019 Short-Range Zone Championship Sam took a first and his father Mark, a second in the reproduction flintlock shotgun match. In the repro percussion match, Sam took another first place, while Mark took a team medal in the percussion shotgun match. The boys shot in a junior’s percussion match. Dominic took a second, and Antonio a third.