Carrying Historic Black Powder Weapons in the ParkOnly those individuals or units that are signed up as volunteers at Minute Man National Historical Park may carry historic black powder weapons in the park as part of their approved and scheduled volunteer activity, as outlined in their volunteer agreement form.
Before a weapon can be carried in the park it must pass an inspection by a certified NPS black powder safety officer. This must be done at the start of each day as you report for volunteer duty. This applies to firing as well as non-firing activities.
For more information, please email the park's Historic Weapons Program Coordinator. You may also read NPS Reference Manual 6: Policies Relating to Historic Weapons Demonstrations.
Acceptable Weapon TypesOnly reproduction firearms may be used in firing demonstrations. The use of original firearms is prohibited. Reproduction small arms that will be allowed for this event are:
Weapon Safety and the PublicTo ensure the safety of participants and visitors, the following is expected of each and every participant:
Small Arms InspectionsAll small arms used in firing demonstrations will be inspected by the NPS just prior to a firing demonstration, and immediately after to ensure the weapon is clear. Weapons that pass the first morning inspection will be “tagged” by the NPS. Weapons must meet the following standards to pass inspection.
1. secured flashguard and hammer stall
2. no cracks or splits in the stock
3. furniture and barrel fit securely to stock
4. no missing stock pins or screws
5. lock works smoothly
6. half-cock position works properly
7. flint is secured by leather or lead
8. steel and spring are in good condition
9. barrel free from visible dents or cracks
10. no excessive rust or corrosion on the barrel, lock and touch hole
11. no fouling in the barrel or on the lock (first inspection only - before any firing occurs) Weapons that fail inspection may not be fired or carried on the field.
AmmunitionDo not bring ammunition with you on site. The NPS will provide all ammuntion necessary for the event.
Firing/Tactical Demonstration SafetyThe National Park Service does not permit battle reenactments or elements of simulated combat in areas administered by the NPS. Such activities are inconsistent with the memorial qualities of the historic battlefields under our care. Events like Battle Road are designed to demonstrate the tactics involved in the battle, as accurately as possible, but not recreate the battle itself. Please observe the following:
All firing demonstrations taking place on park property may only be done under the direct supervision of the NPS.
Any volunteer or staff member found or suspected of consuming alcohol before or during any weapons demonstration or during visitor hours will not be allowed to participate and will be asked to leave.
Last updated: January 23, 2022