Shoot a Flintlock Rifle
America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit provides the unique opportunity to shoot an authentic Revolutionary War-era Kentucky long rifle, just like the ones our founding fathers used while fighting for freedom, at our on-site Gun Range.
Historically, the Kentucky long rifle replaced the European-made “Brown Bessie” muskets that were heavy, short-ranged, and wasted precious powder and lead—making them unsuitable for the American Frontier. During the fight for independence, American gunsmiths reduced the bores to a smaller caliber to conserve lead and powder, increased the barrel length for extra thrust, and finally “rifled” the barrel for further range and accuracy. The Kentucky long rifle quickly became famous for precision up to 300 yards.
Your experience at our range will begin with learning about the gun, including how it was made and its use during the Revolutionary War. Our range safety officers show you how the rifle operates and how it is loaded. We also provide eye and ear protection.
You’ll get three shots with the Kentucky flintlock rifle with each ticket purchase. The entire experience takes about 20 minutes, and is a fascinating, hands-on way of learning more about the history of the United States through the weapons that were used to fight for the country’s freedom.
Register for firearm shooting at Independence Hall. Guests age 16-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our range is conveniently located north of our Independence Hall. Shooting is on a first come, first served basis and you can speed up the registration process a little by buying your tickets online.
The range uses Revolutionary War-era replica Kentucky long rifles and you’ll be able to take aim at a selection of steel or paper targets using a 50-caliber ball.
Get the full Founding Fathers experience by pairing a visit to the Musket Range with our dazzling light and sound show featuring John Trumbull’s painting “The Declaration of Independence” brought to life.
Conveniently located near Rapid City, SD and among the premier Black Hills attractions, America's Founding Fathers Exhibit lets you experience history like never before! Purchase admission at the Exhibit or online here (a new window will open).
Musket Range Hours:
Open May 10 – September 30:
Monday through Sunday - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We start shooting at 9:00am and ceasefire is at 3:30pm.
The last tickets of the day are sold at about 2:55pm.
Musket Range Ticket Information:
Ticket for (3) shots at the Musket Range - $20.00
Ticket for (3) shots at the Musket Range, plus entry into the exhibit - $30.00
Tickets for Musket Range include 3 shots, history, instruction, safety equipment.
Tickets may be purchased at the Exhibit or by clicking here (a new window will open)
Shooters must sign a liability release prior to participating.
Shooters must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Visitors 16 and 17 years of age must have their release form signed by, and accompanied by, a guardian in order to participate at the Gun Range.