Feb 02, 2023

Volunteers needed for Fort Larned's mountain gun firing demos

Posted Feb 02, 2023 1:00 PM

From the Fort Larned National Historic Site...

If you have ever attended one of Fort Larned’s annual events, you may have been to one of our most popular types of programs — a firing demonstration. Though this is a fun experience for our visitors, it takes trained and skilled presenters in order to do it safely. This is where we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help us safely present firing demonstrations with both small arms (rifles) and the 12-Pounder Mountain Howitzer.

In order to be part of the Rifle Corps or the Cannon Crew, you must be 18 or older, able to attend the fort’s events, willing to travel, and will be expected to eventually provide their own living history uniform. The Rifle Corps will be trained on how to give presentations on and fire both muzzleloading Springfield Rifles as well as Trapdoor Springfield Rifles. The Cannon Crew on the other hand, will be focused on giving presentations on and firing the 12-Pounder Mountain Howitzer.

Training for both the Rifle Corps and the Cannon Crew will take place on the same day in April (date has yet to be set), so at the end of that day, you’ll be certified in both small arms and the 12-Pounder Mountain Howitzer to help us give our most popular programs!

If this is something that interests you, please feel free to message us here on social media, email us at [email protected], or call us at 620-285-6911. We look forward to hearing from you!