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Well, Shoot: Firearm Target Practice as a Recreational Activity on a Rural 19th Century Homestead

Author(s): Abigail K Kindler

Year: 2017

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Summary

On a poor and rural homestead, an approximated late 19th century tin enamel bucket was found with numerous bullet holes of varying calibers and trajectories. With ammunition costing money the family may or may not have had, what was the purpose of this bucket besides target practice? With very little information on target practice as a possible recreational pastime, the sport could have been done by both men and women, young and old, infrequently or quite commonly. Both experimental archaeology and a forensic mindset were used to analyze the, now holey, bucket for possible calibers of ammunition and weapons of choice. Scenarios were reenacted as archaeologists took a shot at recreating the centuries-old scene to attempt to discover what really happened to the poor old bucket.  


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Well, Shoot: Firearm Target Practice as a Recreational Activity on a Rural 19th Century Homestead. Abigail K Kindler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435409)


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Temporal Keywords
19th Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 317

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America