Ah… what a weekend!
On July 10th and 11th, I enjoyed my first Middletown (New York) skirmish in quite a long time. This event was held at the Shawangunk Shooting Club has always been one of my favorites. This weekends event was hosted by the 73rd and 67th NY of the New England Region.
On Saturday morning I was greeted with an annoying rain, so I sat out the morning at the pavilion and enjoyed a hot dog. At around noon the rain let up and I hauled out my smoothbore. As soon as I arrived on the line I heard a comment of “there go the smoothbore scores”. Apparently the morning hadn’t been fruitful for the other smoothbore shooters.
My first shot in the 25 yard practice target was a 10 at 11 o’clock, so I felt pretty good. Then I managed to shoot two nines and a ten in the score target. It went downhill from there with a “foof” of a shot, a lot of blackpowder smoke, and throwing the round just outside the last score ring. I dunno why the thing did that… In anger, I fired my last shot and got a 10X, that just annoyed my even more.
I had pre-purchased a re-entry target, and quickly got myself back into form on the next relay, scoring a 47-0X, with every shot in the black. I also discovered that I have a smoothbore shooting fan, who complimented me on my shooting, and thanks again if you are reading this.
Two targets shot, and I returned home for lack of ammo…
On Sunday Morning, I confirmed what I had hoped, I was awarded a Gold medal for my efforts.
Sunday Musket Team Match
It was a beautiful mostly sunny summer day, not too hot for breaking clays.
Thinking ahead, I asked around on Saturday for a team looking for a Musket Shooter, and I found one, the 4th Virginia Infantry. This proved to be smart, one of my teammates could not find an open spot before shooting began among the five teams assembled.
Opening ceremonies were nice, A trio of young-people sang the National Anthem for us, there were a lot of cheers afterward, the awards from individuals were announced last.
Since I had not shot a musket individual I was starting the morning “cold”. I had no idea how far off I was going to be. My hold at the Fort is usually 6 o’clock touching the clay to hit the X ring, that would not be the case this weekend. First I noticed my shots were to the left, I adjusted, then they were high, that was annoying. I’m not sure what it is about the Middletown range, but my sight picture is tough to predict at this place.
We had a nice selection of targets, clays on a backer, rapid fire paper plates, hanging clays, hanging 4″ blocks, rapid fire 12″ drywall tiles at 100 yards. My shooting was sub-par, but I went 3 for 4 on the hanging clays, and I started off great on the 100 yard drywall until….
My Very First Cook-Off
During the Rapid Fire Drywall event I was banging along. I fired four quick shots and I was pretty sure each one hit the target. Without thinking too hard, and with a lot of haste, I poured the next powder charge into my Navy Arms Zouave. Poof, smoke went everywhere and my hand felt like I had a terrible sunburn in one small spot. It took a few seconds in my head to register that I had a cook-off.
Check Back Tomorrow for Part II of this story – After the Cook-Off!