Shiloh Rifle

began in 1976
New York, Montana

  • 1848-1881 32-year run of original Sharps rifle production
  • March 12, 1874 Sharps died (64)

Modern Sharps

  • 1976 started as Shiloh Products, Inc
    – in Farmingdale, New York
    – founded by Len Mulé & Wolfgang Droege
  • Len Mulé
    –  manufactured high quality bullet moulds for blackpowder shooters
    –  four-cavity design
    –  sold as the “Shiloh IV” moulds
  • 1975 the premiered New Model 1863 Rifle & New Model 1863 Carbine
    – worked with Pinetree Casting (a division of Ruger)
    – used original Civil War salvage parts from Dixie Gun Works
  • 1976 percussion rifles and carbines produced at Farmingdale, New York plant
  • 1976 Len Mulé began researching and working on the blueprints of the cartridge models Shiloh Model 1874
  • 1977 Model 1874 metallic cartridge rifle models went into production
  • 1983 Shiloh Sharps Rifle Company
    – moved to Big Timber, Montana
    –  Merged with C. Sharps Arms
    –  180/acre shooting range
  • 1986 Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing Company split from C. Sharps Arms
  • 1990 Quigley Down Under – Shiloh manufactured the Sharps rifle
  • 1991 purchased by the Bryant brothers
  • 1996 started in house Foundry

Shiloh Rifle
201 Centennial Dr
Big Timber, Montana 59011

Dixie Gun Works

founded in 1954
Union City, Tennessee

largest supplier of blackpowder shooting equipment, parts and antique guns in the world


  • 1931 Turner E. Kirkland began collecting guns
    – paid seventy five cents for a “dug up” 1849 Colt Pocket pistol
  • 1938 By the time Turner entered college he owned about one hundred guns
  • World War II two years in the Pacific
  • 1948 small ad in Muzzle Blasts magazine
  • Friday, April 10, 1954 arrived home from one of my jewelry selling trips to find that nearly all the guns and parts I had advertised had been sold
    – realized I just might be able to make a living at what had been a hobby
  • Dixie Gun Works started
  • 1954 Dixie Gun Works Catalog
    – 700 plus page publication
    – illustrates more than 10,000 items
  • 1955 Dixie Kentucky Rifle first production made muzzleloading rifle
  • 1955  purchased a 4000 square foot building
  • 1960 built a 12,000 square foot building
  • 1968 moved to its current location 30,000 square foot
  • 1974 added on 46,000 square feet
  • 1978 Dixie Gun Works Blackpowder Annual
    – 75,000 sent out
  • Dixie Gun Works Old Car Museum
    – 1850’s period log cabin gun shop
  • July 26, 1997 Turner Kirkland died (77)

Dixie Gun Works
1412 W Reelfoot Ave
Union City, Tennessee 38261

731 885 0440


The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association exists to promote, support, nurture, and preserve our Nation’s rich historical heritage in the sport of muzzleloading through recreational, educational, historical, and cultural venues such as match competition, hunting, gun making and safety, historical re-enactments, exhibits, museums, libraries, and other related programs.


  • 1933 founded
  • home range in Friendship, Indiana
  • 2010 NMLRA Education Building opened

National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association is the National Governing Body for most black powder shooting competitions in the USA. They hold a Spring National and Fall National at their home range in Friendship, Indiana, plus a Winter National in Phoenix, Arizona. They sanction events for black powder rifles, pistols, shotguns including primitive events.

leading the effort to preserve the history of the United States through muzzleloading shooting sports & living history events.