Night Artillery Match at the 125th National Skirmish

by Mike Kendra on May 23, 2012

On Saturday Evening, May 19th, 2012, the North-South Skirmish Association held a Night-time Cannon Match. A selection of 15 guns blasted away in the darkness, the bright orange flashes silhouetting gun crew hard at work. Targets were 2 Gallon Milk Jugs and a Bullseye Target.

A special patch commemorating the event was distributed to all gun crews. I didn’t get a photo of the patch, and wished I could have gotten my hands on one. Maybe I’ll be on one of the lucky gun crews next time around!

I was able to film the entire event, although my camera went focus crazy trying to see things in the dark.

Here is my video of that event, I recommend watching in Full Screen mode:


Here are a few Photos from the event:

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Livesay May 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

Great pix! I noticed most of the guns were fired with a slow match. What happened to friction primers?

Mike Kendra May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

It’s not unusual at these matches for guns to use fuses rather than friction primers, they are cheaper and don’t disturb the cannon on ignition. It doesn’t make sense to yank on a finely aimed gun, we want to score 5Vs after all!

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