Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship

2019 MUZZLELOADER Magazine Youth Gunbuilding Scholarship

Left to Right: Ken Gahagan, Levi Miller - The recipient of the 2018 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 and Ken Gahagan, it is a seven day workshop held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The class will be held January 19th - 25th, 2019.

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 Jim, Karen, and Barbie Chambers at Jim Chambers Flintlocks, Ltd. for donating a lock for the 2019 scholarship recipient. I would also like to thank Jason Schneider at Ricer Barrels for donating a barrel to the 2019 scholarship, and Ian Pratt for donating the stock.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 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, 2018 and the winner will be announced on December 1st, 2018 and listed in the January/February 2019 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 Ken’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:

Jim Chambers Flintlocks, Ltd.
116 Sam's Branch Road
Candler, NC 28715
Phone: 828-667-8361

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

We would also like to thank the following for donating to previous scholarships:

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

Jim Kibler
Phone: 330-341-0675
David Rase
Phone: 360-479-1888

Paul Hall at Red Brush Stocks

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

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