Help Wanted: Inquire Within!

by Mike Kendra on March 22, 2010

Are skirmishers too cranky?

Should the N-SSA switch to using the metric system?

Are Maynards everything they’re cracked up to be?

Why don’t we dye the creek green for St. Patrick’s Day?

As I sit here with mud on my shoes from a canceled Early Bird shoot that I won’t soon forget, I wonder, where should I take my blog next.

I figured that participating in the Early Bird would give me a chance to come up with some new topics, and new ideas for blog posts, but in the end I never got my gun dirty, and I didn’t get any meaningful new ideas. Looks like the Winter break just got a few weeks longer…

I do have some meaningful leads for stories, but I’ve been too busy follow up on any of them as of yet. If you have any ideas for stories that you’d like to pass along, please let me know by contacting me via the link at the top of my blog.

One thing SkirmishNotes needs, in my opinion, is a larger variety of articles and news. I know that I’m pretty good at blogging, the question is, are you any good at it?!!?

I’d like to start featuring a guest blog post every other week or so on Thursday. Who would be the guest? Maybe you? Maybe your buddy?

I was thinking that if each region could appoint someone to report their local regional news and skirmish results it would be pretty awesome. I’m sure there must be other talented writers out there with a positive attitude who would enjoy submitting a 300 or so word article once every two or three months or so?

It’s just an idea.

In the mean time I think I’ll revisit my article on N-SSA life membership, there must be an idea in here somewhere!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike M. March 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Since you ask….

Skirmishers aren’t cranky, just short of coffee in the morning.

Metric units would be fantastic for the U.S. International Muzzle-Loading Team, but would be a PITA for everybody else. It would be nice to get some frame holes in metric units on the range, though. Maybe hold a World Championship there.

And Maynards are pretty good…though mine has strong sentimental attachments and won’t be replaced in any event.

Don Dixon March 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Metric targets and distances work for me. Scores would go down initially {Horrors!}, but it would help bring some order to the fragmented black powder shooting efforts in the U.S. The N-SSA, the MLRA, the NRA, and the international program, all go their own way; shooting different targets at different ranges. Like I’m really going to be able to set up my fixed sighted guns for N-SSA targets and then be able to compete effectively at MLRA or NRA matches with different targets.

Its much easier for the Europeans. No matter what guns they shoot, they shoot them at metric distances and metric targets.

The comparison is the NRA’s transition from A17 to A36 smallbore rifle targets 40 years ago. The A36 is a tougher target, but it really pushed the shooters to better performance.

Don Dixon

Robert C. Hubbard Jr. March 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Do you think the differnce in 50 yds and 50 meters is going to make any differnce at all in the target scores? I could understand if we were talking 500 yds. to 500 meters (68yds.) but 5 yrds at 50m? Not so sure.

Mike M. March 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I think it would. Not much, but a couple of points across the field.

The real question might be whether or not to revise the targets with larger scoring rings…or go whole-hog and switch to the international targets entirely. Thirteen shots, top ten for score…but that B-17 target is an unforgiving monster.

Norm Gibson March 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Thirteen shots, top ten for score I would think add to the time needed to score targets, and time is a precious commodity.

Don Dixon March 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm


The difference isn’t in the distance: 50 yards or 50 meters. The difference is in the target. The size of the X ring in the N-SSA/MLRA/NRA target is somewhat larger than the 10 ring on the metric target. The other rings are sized proportionally. :)

Don Dixon

Mike Kendra March 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

Well now this conversation took a different path than I expected! Maybe we will revisit this metric system question in a future post!

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