By Lars Dalseide | May 26 2011 07:25

NRA National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier tells NRAblog about his adventures at the Spring National Matches of the North-South Skirmish Association

NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier traveled to Ft. Shenandoah near Winchester, Virginia on Saturday May 21st to view the Spring National Matches of the NRA Affiliated North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) They were present along with 3232 registered shooters for the carbine and artillery competitions which were held under clear skies in picture perfect weather. The the artillery competition was shot at a distance of 200 yards while the carbine competition was held at 100 and 50 yards.

From their web site "The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery.

Ft. Shenandoah is the N-SSA's home range. It is located on several hundred acres of land in the rolling hills of the lower Shenandoah Valley, just outside of Winchester, Virginia. Facilities include the country's widest (over a quarter mile) rifle range controlled from a single tower, a separate revolver range, and private camping."

The NRA has had a membership cabin at the home of these national shoots for at least 25 years and the NRA sponsors the trophy for the Senior and Junior Competitor annually. For a complete description of the event competitions as well as information on how to join and shoot civil war era firearms with the N-SSA, go to their website at

The N-SSA has also participated in the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits for 24 years, consistently fielding one of the most interesting and talked about exhibits in the Gun Collectors Corner of the show hall.

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