Our sport of Skirmishing was built on the grand and majestic Musket Team match, and what an event it is! Since 1958 the N-SSA has been running these competitive, yet friendly matches…
The idea of an 8 man team working together to break a series of targets in a timed event is very unique in the shooting sports. But it wasn’t always that way, in fact the very first N-SSA style skirmish featured two teams, one consisting of just 7 Confederates, and the other just 5 Union men.
So, what do you do when you get to an event and only have five, six, or seven men on your musket team? What if there are no “pick-up” shooters?
There is one option being explored in the ACWSA, the idea of handicapping a musket team. It’s an idea that I read about on their website, and I think it’s another “outside the box” idea that deserves to be looked at.
The ACWSA, so far as I am aware, only allows handicapping, or pro-rated targeting as they call it, at some regional events for provisional teams and new skirmishers.
Here is how it could work: you are setting up an event, let’s say it’s 32 clays on a backer, this event can be tough to complete for 8 men, let alone 5. This event has been crafted to consist of 4 targets per shooter, so to make things fair for a five man team, just setup 4 targets per man, or 20 targets on a backer.
Now we have a level playing field for a smaller team size.
Just to be clear, I’m not advocating an immediate rules change in the N-SSA, but it is an interesting idea to consider…
Now, let me reverse my thinking. This may give smaller teams an unfair advantage, lets say an eight man team sat their three worst shooters. That’s no good honestly, it would stack the odds in the favor of the smaller team…
What do you thing of this idea? Post your comments below!
PS: Consider attending next Monday’s live chat event, at 9pm EDT in the CivilWarTalk Chat Room. Last week we had more than 20 people attend and we really missed seeing you there!
PPS: I should be attending the Early Bird Skirmish next weekend. If you have any thoughts, rants, or ideas to share with me, I’ll be around!