Discussion in 'Competitions' started by Dave951, Oct 7, 2018.
Yup, we compete.
Black powder Civil War era weapons including artillery.
Is that Limited 10?
Could do a side-match beer belly competition.
I might be in for that.
You gotta love anything where you get to burn powder BY THE POUND!!!!!!!
Last time out, I was #2 on the gun crew. This time, I was working position #1. Those who aren't familiar with how artillery functioned during the Late Unpleasantness, all the positions on a gun crew are identified by numbers. #1 sponges and rams, #2 worms and handles powder and shot. We all step to when the gun rolls back from recoil and put it back into battery for the next round. Serving a gun Civil War style is a workout when yer doin it right.
Artillery course of fire is two phases, bullseye and counter battery. Bullseye is self explanatory. Counter battery target is a front on pic of an artillery piece. Score is based on what parts of the opposing gun you hit. The real fun starts after the match in retrieving the spent rounds from the backstop. Yup, we dig'em back up to recast for the next match. While we were digging, I found a round ball from a 12lb Napoleon from a previous match. With nobody to claim it, it now is on my mantle. We got back all our shot and a couple extra.
Course of fire for muskets and carbines- Event 1- 32 clay pigeons mounted on a sheet of cardboard 50 yds. Event 2- 16 hanging 4in tiles 50yds. Event 3- 16 hanging "pots" 50yds. Event 4- 16 hanging clay pigeons 50yds. Event 5- 10 6in tiles at 100yds. All shooting is offhand, no optics, against the clock. Sounds easy but I can tell you from experience, I can mow pigeons down with boring ease on my range with about any firearm I own. Put that same pigeon on a board with 31 more and a clock running, and it gets about 1/4 the size and move around.
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