The Sapphire Mountain Men Shooting Club promotes safe and accurate use of muzzle loading firearms of the pre- 1840's era. The club works towards developing accurate period representations, honesty, fellowship, good sportsmanship, patriotism, youth education and annual sponsorship of the Wildhorse Rendezvous.

The Members 

From experienced shooters, to the new novice, Sapphire Mountain Men all offer unique and different opportunity to learn from each other.  We really focus on safety, fun, and activities for the whole family! 

Jennifer Cain
Vice President

Jennifer's picture and information coming soon!


Bates grew up with a love of hunting, fishing and history. At 21 years of age, he purchased his first muzzle loader. Bates had always admired marksmanship and realized that with Muzzle loading, you only get one shot, so you better make it count. In 1975 Bates joined the local Missoula Muzzle Loader club, which eventually became the Sapphire Mountain Men. He served for 15 years as Vice president, before becoming the acting President.

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Ayse Haxton
Secretary and Treasurer

My family and I have been enjoying the experience of rendezvous with the Sapphire Mountain Men for over 20 years since the first time my father invited us. My son Brandon was only a year old then and all six of our children share fond memories from years past. Most recently, I have been found championing the registration tent at Wild Horse and now, It is my great pleasure to serve as the club's Secretary. If you have something to share in our monthly newsletter, just let me know!