Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship

2018 MUZZLELOADER Magazine Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship

Left to Right: Jim Kibler, Blakely Chambers - The recipient of the 2017 MUZZLELOADER Magazine Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship, and Ian Pratt

Dear Readers,
We all know that our hobby needs more young people. To that purpose I was inspired to create the “MUZZLELOADER Magazine Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship.” This will be an annual scholarship to the gunbuilding class offered byIan Pratt, it is a seven day workshop held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The class will be held January 13th - 19th, 2018.

The scholarship will cover the cost of the class as well as meals and lodging at Canter’s Cave for the duration of the class. Additionally the required materials, lock, stock, and barrel will be donated for this scholarship, so aside from travel to and from Canter’s Cave there will be no out of pocket expense for the recipient.

I would like to thank Larry Zornes at Mold and Gun Shop for donating the lock, Jim Kibler for donating the stock blank, and Jason Schneider at Rice Barrels for donating the barrel, Jim Kibler also donated his time to inlet the barrel into the stock blank, for the winner of the 2017 scholarship.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 and must send in an essay about their interest in muzzleloading and gunbuilding. Please use the essay to answer the following questions: "Are you involved in the muzzleloader culture presently?, what have you done or what are you involved in now, what are you present and future goals, why would you be a good candidate for the scholarship?" The deadline for the essays will be November 15th, 2017 and the winner will be announced on December 1st, 2017 and listed in the January/February 2018 issue. We do ask that you only apply if you are serious about taking the class and can devote seven days to attending as well as provide your own travel.

We will also be accepting monetary donations for the scholarship fund. If you would like to make a donation please mail it to: MUZZLELOADER Magazine, Dept. MMYGS, PO Box 1316, Gallaton, TN 27066.

For more information on Ian and Jim’s gunbuilding class, or for more information about Canter’s Cave, please contact:

Joe McGee - Seminar Coordinator
PO Box 504,
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-707-8362
Cell: 513-313-1111

To enter, please send your essays to: MUZZLELOADER, PO Box 1316, Gallatin, TN 37066, or email them to If you have any questions, please feel free to use the contact us link to send us a message.
Thank you,
Jason W. Gatliff

Special thanks to:

Mold and Gun Shop
6493 State Route 139
Jackson, OH 45640
Phone: 740-286-2743

Jim Kibler
Phone: 330-341-0675

Rice Muzzle Loading Barrel Company
555 ijames Church Road
Mocksville, NC 27028
Phone: 336-492-2614

Left to Right: Ian Pratt, Noah Miller - The recipient of the 2016 MUZZLELOADER Magazine Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship, and Jim Kibler
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