LadyDeeJ: Go for the NRA certification. I've never used mine to personally profit from it, but you learn a lot, meet lotsa neet people, and have lotsa fun. Form a business and write it off as an expense and make your hobby tax deductible.
If I were in your area, I would prefer Ohio. Not to slam the other states, but Ohio has lotsa blackpowder activity and the NMLRA is based out of there. Never got to Friendship and maybe one of these days, I'll go to the big shooting match there. As a sidenote, they know I'm not a local since I pronounce Medina as May-deen-nah as opposed to their ma-dine-nah.
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