Guess I should introduce myself rather then stalk in the shadows, eh? Got my start in black powder and re-enacting with the GAoP groups (late 1600s to early 1700s). Actually I was seeking some sword fighters for some 'therapy' after a serious injury that almost cost my my right hand...got into shooting for shows and such but they only shot blanks, after a group trip to the range for some real shooting - I got hooked! Blanks was no longer any fun. My wife had been with a Civil War group for several years when I met her, but alas their group had been aging and falling to the wind. As the years went on and what I considered the 'good groups' (historical re-enacting) fell one by one, we (the wife and I) began to seek out those who still believed in History. Most of who we had come to know had fled the west coast. We checked out our first Rendezvous two years ago and made the decision to change our direction. Around here there are many who called me "one of the most PC pirates in the West" (actually my persona was a 'buccaneer', but oh well) - now I wish to leave the sea and seek my fortune in Fur! Just for the record; my brief bio include Herpetology, Snow Skiing, Skydiving, Technology, and now Black Powder. I enjoy learning new skills, and making my own gear.