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Cannons Roar At the 123 N-SSA Nationals

by Scott E. Mayer   |  May 26th, 2011 6

Guns & Ammo was on the line and at Sutler’s Row at the recent North-South Skirmish Association’s 123 National Skirmish. Here is some of what goes on at Ft. Shenandoah.

L. Romano Rifle Co. showed its reproduction of the very rare Tarpley's carbine.

 

"Deadeye Dave" tries Romano's Spencer on for size. Maybe in a few years Dave!

 

That's more your speed little guy!

 

Carpetbagger were around long before modern politics.

 

There was plenty of quality, hand-made period clothing for sale and being made or mended on Sutler's Row.

 

Headed back to camp after a carbine relay.

 

Only at Ft. Shenandoah can you find a person chatting on a modern cell phone standing next to a guy getting a Civil War cannon ready to shoot.

 

Ready on the left for the "fire" command.

 

"Fire!"

 

Team carbine competition is one of the faster-paced relays at the Nationals.

 

The firing line looks a lot like it does at Camp Perry, only the shooters are in period clothing and the guns are blackpowder.

 

This is one of the smaller cannons shot at the Nationals. The "cannon ball" looks like a huge wasp-waist air rifle pellet.

 

Taking a break between relays.

 

"Artillery to the firing line!"

 

It's not uncommon to find N-SSA shooters using original arms from the Civil War in competition.

 

Almost 20 teams competed in the cannon division.

 

"Load and make ready!"

 

"Great shot!"

 

Bullseye!

 

Five shots touching at 200 yards--with a cannon!

 

It's about to get really loud!

 

...and smokey!

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