“Welcome to the 4-H Western Heritage Project” meeting will be virtual through Zoom, facilitated by Todd Kesner of Montana 4-H. This change of format opens the door to anyone in the country interested in learning more about the Western Heritage discipline of 4-H Shooting Sports. He invites anyone to attend. And, even though the name would imply, you don’t have to live in the West to participate in the 4-H Western Heritage Project. It’s the firearms we use in competition that are most often associated with the Old West.
Our opening orientation meeting will be online nationally on Monday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time/8:30 Eastern.
The introductory meeting will be followed by hands-on virtual workshops including:
January 25, 2021 – Making Paper Cartridges (I’ll post a list of supplies needed) – Make your own replica of Civil War era paper cartridge for a cap and ball revolver out of coffee filter paper and ground coffee (in place of gun powder). You will learn the advantage of having a self-contained cartridge instead of loose powder and shot – even though its paper.
February 22, 2021 – Making Pemmican (a form of Native American jerky) – We will use peanut butter as a replacement for bison meat that was traditionally tenderized by chewing it before drying. If you want to be 100% historically correct, have your mother chew the meat before putting it in the sun.
March 22, 2021 – Making your own black powder bullet lube (Dr. David White, Oregon State University – 4-H) – Lube on historic bullets served two purposes. One was the coat the barrel in vaporized lubricant as the bullet passed through in order to keep the black powder fouling soft and maintain the accuracy of your firearm. The other purpose lessened the amount of lead building up in the barrel. Learn how it was made.
April 12, 2021 -Hands-on topic to be determined
Materials for each of the hands-on workshops will be listed on the website at 4-hwesternheritageproject.org.
Please contact me for zoom video conference info: firstname.lastname@example.org