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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. For a complete description of the North-South Skirmish Association, please see the main N-SSA website below.

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Typically, matches are held on weekends during the months of April through October at a variety of ranges located throughout the midwest.  At a typical skirmish, individual matches on paper targets are fired on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, with team events beginning shortly thereafter.  In most midwest matches, team events consist of carbine and smoothbore matches on Saturday, and Musket (i.e., rifled musket) matches on Sunday.  At some regional matches, revolver, breechloader/repeater, and mortar matches may also be fired.

Carbine and musket shooting is done at 50 and 100 yards, as is breechloader shooting when applicable. Smoothbore matches are held at 25 and 50 yards.  Revolver matches are held at 25 yards, though 50 yard individual targets are available.