Skirmishing is a ball of fun!
I’ve had more fun Skirmishing than I’ve ever had doing just about anything else. Hanging out with friends and family at Regional events and National Skirmishes has become a tradition for me. I can’t wait to chat it up with all my skirmishing friends, at the campfire, the snack bar, or on the line.
And the shooting is awesome too, standing shoulder to shoulder with your best friends, what could be better than shooting a black powder rifle and breaking stuff!
Sure, sometimes I feel like I’m just burning powder and chucking lead down range, but I don’t care because a bad day Skirmishing is better than a good day at work!
And I don’t know if I can describe this, but there is something magical about this musket, this stick of smoke, fire, and thunder. I just love to hold it, to aim and pull the trigger of it. There is something primal, something that makes me crave to shoot it again and again.
Skirmishing is about Shooting Accurately
Competition in the N-SSA is fierce, and you really have to practice and have the correct mental attitude to be able to compete at the same level of the top shooters in this sport.
Every shooter who is successful in this sport learns that accuracy begins at home days or weeks before a skirmish, with preparation. The skirmisher who reloads the best has the potential to shoot the best, I always say!
Successful and accurate shooters practice, and practice some more! Sure, it’s not very glamorous, punching holes in paper all by yourself, but the rewards of accuracy at the next event hold an appeal to me. Perfection may be impossible to achieve in this sport, but without practice, you won’t even come close.
When I’m on the line, preparing to shoot at a target, I prepare myself. My stance, my breathing, my thoughts, everything is focused to take that perfect shot. I find that perfect sight picture, that lollipop to be almost sexy. When I see it I squeeze the trigger, using a smooth, almost imperceptible motion.
Taking the perfect shot is like a fine piece of art. Not everyone is skilled enough to create a masterpiece. Many skirmishers study very hard to become capable marksmen, others are just born with the ability.
And when you go home with that gold medal, you know you’ve accomplished something.
Balancing Fun and Accuracy, Where Do You Fall?
It’s not uncommon to find a shooter who fits into one of the two categories above, we’ve all met these skirmishers on the range before. Some shooters may even be more extreme than my examples…
However, most of us are somewhere in the middle. I know that I love this sport, and it is awesome. But I also like scoring in the black and breaking more clays than the average guy on my team. I like to have fun AND be accurate too, but I try not to take either to the extreme.
Where do you fall?