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    What are some ideas for a "fun shoot" competition at a skirmish?

    At the last skirmish, they had a "ham shoot", where you shot at a target stapled to the cardboard face down, and the best score won a ham.

    What are some other ideas for a fun shoot entry?

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    I have wanted to do a few different things talking about it here but no one wants to try anything different or something that takes there mind off clays or paper.

    Always thought it would be fun to shoot steel in a match or do a gong or two and try timed shooting.
    We did all types of targets at on time in tidewater but most the stuff is now just normal targets.
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    Mortar reentry and random range, even if you make them shoot only 50 yards. It makes it interesting.

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    There are many things that you can come up with for specialty shooting. However when you are shooting a regular skirmish you must have a certain ratio of legal to unofficial targets in the mix. My team, the 27th Virginia has run the Mason Dixon for over 45 years and used to pride ourselves on the fact that we were responsible for the most rules changes regarding targeting. We have found over the years however, as the membership ages, competitors want targets that they can see, hit, and finish the event. Case in point, at the last several nationals over 50 % of the musket teams did not finish the pigeon board on Sunday. That's 8 shooters firing for five minutes. At three aimed shot per minute per person that is 120 shots at 32 pigeons. By the rule of thumb if more that half of the teams don't finish the event it is not a good event. There are several reasons, !. there are too many targets, 2. the targets are too small or too hard to see, or 3. We just ain't shootin' like we used to. I vote for the latter. Gone are the days when we used to shoot ketchup packets, lolly pops, charcoal briquettes, clothespins, etc. at 50 yards. Any item that is visible, breakable, and does not cause ricochets, or puts glass on the range can be used as a specialty target. My 2 cents.

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    Scott raises a good point. Most novelty targets are some variation on, "Bet you can't hit this." These days, it's a good bet...we can't hit it! And impossible targets are nothing but frustration.

    Things that work: 75 yard targets (hang at 100, shoot from the 25 yard line). 25 yard targets (hang at 50, shoot from the 25 yard line). Small targets like Moskeets in limited numbers (10 or 12 for an eight man team). Big targets, like 6-inch tiles at 50 yards. Sequence targets - Moskeets and clay pigeons on a backer. Shoot the Moskeets first, with a penalty for every pigeon hit (again, limited numbers, give folks a fighting chance). Odd-shaped targets, like oblong tiles. And, of course, the stake.
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    Oh for the days when we shot poker chips, chicken eggs, 7-11 coffee creamers(@50), the picket fence (tongue depressors stapled to a survey stake) you had to hit all the pickets....... Doesn't matter what it is,,,,,put it up there and I'll shoot it!

    As for the aging part......I reckon that has sumthin to do with it but I'm also leaning towards folks don't have the time or take it to practice like they use to.
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    To be clear here, I'm not talking about something special for the team events. We will do the standard musket, carbine, and smoothbore, and we do revolver first thing Saturday all courses at 15 yards with some big oval sink drop outs thrown in the mix.

    I'm talking about some special individual target that happens during individuals, where you pay a dollar for an entry.

    One thing I have seen done is a pigeon board set up, and whoever gets the most consecutive hits wins the prize. Another one (mentioned before) is you get an an 8.5x11 piece of paper with a turkey printed on it with target zones that are off-center from the paper, and you have to staple it up face down, and try and guess where the bullseye is. The closest to the bullseye wins the prize.

    I like the gong idea - I was thinking a 100 yard smoothbore event - consecutive hits on the gong would be cool, but we don't have a gong, and you'd need one 2 feet in diameter or so I suppose to be any fun and that would be expensive. I was thinking a man-sized (but not shaped) piece of sheetrock or plywood at 100 yards for smoothbore, with holes pasted over after each attempt, with the person with the best measured group win. Sounds like work to run though.

    Maybe we could get some large-ish balloons and have a 100-yard smoothbore event where you shoot at the balloon. The person who pops the most balloons wins.

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    They make/sell a target with playing cards on it and you shoot five shots and the best hand wins. They are printed in random orders.
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    Actually P.J. I long for the days when we shot humming bird eggs at 50 yards, painted brown so they were challenging, and water filled musket caps at 100 yards! Scott

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    different event/target

    I remember doing a "turkey shoot event at some of the skirmishs we ran at Ft. Lee. There was a base made out of 2X10, that laid flat on the ground, with a hinged piece with a clothes pin on it. There was a spring from that back down to the base, and the clip held a cutout picture of a turkey head. The base and target were protected by sandbags. The skirmisher would load and come to the ready. He would give a command and the turkey head would be pulled up in view and the skirmisher had 5 or 10 seconds( if i remember correctly) to shoulder, sight and shoot before the turkey dropped back out of sight. it was always a busy special event..

    Quote Originally Posted by Maillemaker View Post
    To be clear here, I'm not talking about something special for the team events. We will do the standard musket, carbine, and smoothbore, and we do revolver first thing Saturday all courses at 15 yards with some big oval sink drop outs thrown in the mix.

    I'm talking about some special individual target that happens during individuals, where you pay a dollar for an entry.

    One thing I have seen done is a pigeon board set up, and whoever gets the most consecutive hits wins the prize. Another one (mentioned before) is you get an an 8.5x11 piece of paper with a turkey printed on it with target zones that are off-center from the paper, and you have to staple it up face down, and try and guess where the bullseye is. The closest to the bullseye wins the prize.

    I like the gong idea - I was thinking a 100 yard smoothbore event - consecutive hits on the gong would be cool, but we don't have a gong, and you'd need one 2 feet in diameter or so I suppose to be any fun and that would be expensive. I was thinking a man-sized (but not shaped) piece of sheetrock or plywood at 100 yards for smoothbore, with holes pasted over after each attempt, with the person with the best measured group win. Sounds like work to run though.

    Maybe we could get some large-ish balloons and have a 100-yard smoothbore event where you shoot at the balloon. The person who pops the most balloons wins.

    Steve

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