by Philip Schreier, Senior Curator NRA Museums - Friday, May 19, 2017
This weekend celebrates the 135th National Skirmish of the North – South Skirmish Association held at Fort Shenandoah, Virginia.
The North – South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was formed over 60 years ago and has been an affiliated club with the NRA since its inception. The association fosters a competition of marksmanship skills using the authentic rifles, carbines and pistols of the Civil War era. Participants don authentic style uniforms and equipment and join units to compete against other units in various disciplines, there is even a course of fire for artillery.
For the interested observer, a day or two at Fort Shenandoah can quickly lead to becoming swept up in the thrill of busting clay targets with a .577 rifled musket or sending an artillery ball straight down the muzzle of an opposing artillery piece (paper cannon, of course).
NRA Museum’s Senior Curator Philip Schreier will be in attendance to make the presentations of the NRA N-SSA Trophy to the High Scoring Senior and Junior Skirmisher, an award presented at every National Skirmish since 1998.
The NRA cabin, along the sutlers row, will be open this entire weekend, so if you’re in the area and looking for something educational and exciting to do, we encourage you to come out and join the festivity.
All photos courtesy/n-ssa.org