It’s been a busy weekend, I spent the weekend at the Springtown, Pa Mid-Atlantic Skirmish breaking clays and such, and generally having a good time. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that trying to shoot and spend time with your family at a skirmish makes it impossible to cover a skirmish for SkirmishNotes, so unfortunately I didn’t get any photos this time around…
The skirmish itself was great, the host team, the Hampton Legion, had a few demonstration events, such as the classic Musket Team vs. Modern Gun challenge, yes the musket team won, I did get video and if I’m not to swamped this week I’ll try to post some video for you.
Oh, and no medals for me, I shot musket a smoothbore individual targets, but missed getting any shiny stuff…
We also enjoyed the Musket Team Match on Sunday, our team happily fielded 5 men for the event, and although we struggled the complete the events we did enjoy the competition! Happily the rain that was forecast cleared just before the match started, and held off till we completed the course of events.
We shot a rapid-fire “donut” plate, a 9-inch or so paper plate with a three inch or so hole in the center.
We also enjoyed an event I called the “Oh-Holey Stake” Event where a 9-inch tall stake with a three inch hole in the center was supposed to break, but we couldn’t do it. I suggested, before the event began, that we should call time when the horn started the event, without firing a shot, I figured the 300 second penalty would be better than not breaking the stake and posting a 600 second event time/penalty, I was overruled (of course! skirmishing is too much fun to skip a stake event!) and in the end we posted 600 seconds…
It sure was fun, but I was exhausted when I was finished for the day.
Some of you have noticed one of my latest projects, a Civil War Wiki page about Civil War Small Arms. You can check it out at: http://civilwarwiki.net/wiki/Table_of_Civil_War_Era_Small_Arms
Although I think I’ve done a good job, this project is difficult and time consuming. Please check it out and if you can offer any assistance fact checking or providing information, I’d appreciate it. So far I’ve only posted details on the 1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket and new pages needing content will be created soon.
If I’m lucky, I’ll do some video interviews with N-SSA members at the National showing off some or many of these different firearms, then I can add this valuable content to the wiki! If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed, just contact me! Original and reproduction firearms are both great for my purposes (but original firearms are a plus!)
Hopefully this will be an educational and fun project… (if I don’t rip my hair out in the process!)