June 7, 2018 Contact: John Ciccone
USIMLT Announces Fairfax Rod and Gun Club as host for 2019 MLAIC Pacific Zone Championship
The United States International Muzzle Loading Team (USIMLT) received formal approval of its application to locate the Pacific Zone Championship at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, in Manassas, VA, July 29 – August 2, 2019.
“We are delighted that the Club Board approved out application. The club is one of the premier shooting facilities in the United States and has all of the ranges and facilities we will need to hold an outstanding Pacific Zone Championship,” said Gene Kinnel, USIMLT Chairman.
The USIMLT is a member of the Muzzle Loaders Associations International Confederation (MLAIC), which has 34 member and correspondent countries. Pacific Zone countries include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. Matches are shot as a postal event and take place in odd numbered years.
Concurrent with the Pacific Zone match is the Canadian-American Championship.
The MLAIC has two divisions, Short Range and Long Range. Short range includes events for pistols, shot at 25 and 50 meters; rifles and muskets, shot at 50 and 100 meters, and shotguns. A single match is shot in Long Range events with stages at distances ranging from 200 to 900 meters (984) yards.
Blackpowder shooting is a target sport for historical muzzleloading firearms loaded with traditional blackpowder. The USIMLT offers precision shooting and clay target competitions for original and reproduction matchlock, flintlock and percussion pistols, revolvers, muskets, rifles and shotguns.
The Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, is located on 385 acres in Manassas, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, which offers numerous world-class tourism, dining, shopping, and other attractions of interest to match participants and their families.