Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia to Open Educational Musket Range

March 10, 2016 Updated: March 10, 2016
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The living history museum in Colonial Williamsburg will open an educational musket range to show visitors how to operate weapons used in colonial times.

The range is scheduled to open on March 19.

Visitors will learn from costumed interpreters about the history of flintlock weapons, particularly in colonial Virginia, their mechanics, use in hunting and defense, plus safety and proper handling, according to the organization’s website.  

Helen Case & “Brown Bess”

Freelance journalist Larry Case visited our educational musket range last weekend, on behalf of American Shooting Journal. He loved it, but we think his wife Helen had the best time of all!As you can see in the video, guests learn from trained, certified (and costumed) interpreters about the history of flintlock weapons, particularly in colonial Virginia, their mechanics, use in hunting and defense, plus safety and proper handling.

Posted by Colonial Williamsburg on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 

“We provide guests an engaging, educational experience that immerses them in the period of our nation’s founding. The educational musket range embodies that, but on an entirely new level,” said Peter Seibert, Colonial Williamsburg director of historic trades and skills, in a statement.

Now they can really experience them – the weight, the smell, and the sound.
— Peter Seibert, Colonial Williamsburg

“For decades our guests could learn about these pieces and watch them being operated. Now they can really experience them – the weight, the smell, and the sound – not to mention how challenging their operation was for people whose lives often depended on it.”

The range will enable guests to prime and fire replicas of a “Brown Bess,” or a British short land musket used across the country during the American Revolution, and a fowling piece, a precursor of the modern shotgun that were often used for hunting.

Children as young as 14 will be allowed on the range, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The range will only be accessible by a shuttle.

Tickets are $199 per person, which includes instruction, safety equipment, firearms use, ammunition, and targets.