FARMINGTON, MO (KRCU) - Anvil shooters converged on Farmington, Missouri this weekend for the U.S. Championship Anvil shooting competition.
It’s a heavy metal sport that involves packing a pound of black powder between two anvils and blasting one into the sky. But a dark cloud hung over this weekend’s tournament following an accident that cost one competitor his thumb.
The premise is simple. Take two anvils. One will be used as a base and the other will be shot into the air.
Turn the base anvil upside down. The bottom of a forged steel anvil before has a cavity. Pack black powder in the base anvil’s hole. The tournament’s rules require no more than one pound maximum of powder. Seal it off with paper and an adhesive like peanut butter or honey. Place the other anvil on top of the base, run a fuse to the black powder, and wait for the boom.
The 100-pound top anvil rockets into the sky, peaks, plummets, and returns to the earth with a thump.
This is not a sport for the faint of heart. In fact, there are only about 35 anvil shooting teams or so in the United States … and many of them are here on this baseball field in Farmington for this tournament.