Western Region

                               of the North-South Skirmish Association

40 Rounds Skirmish –April 26-28, 2019

The 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry are proud to host a joint Western Region N-SSA and ACWSA Skirmish at the Lefthanders Gun Club, 9364 Rhea Road, Loami, Illinois. This is just a few miles west of Springfield. Skirmishers approaching Springfield on I-55 will want to take the I-72/36 West exit on the south side of Springfield (Exit 92 A-B) and head west towards Jacksonville until you reach the Loami exit, then proceed west through the community of Curran and then a few miles further to the Loami/Bates Road. Turn left (south) across the railroad tracks and then go another 3.5 miles to the village of Loami. Follow the road around to the west side of Loami and turn right at the Shell station onto the West Loami Road. In about 1.5 miles you welcome to a crossroads and will see a sign pointing south to the Lefthanders Gun Club. Go south ¾ mile and turn left into the Lefthanders drive to the range.

Notice: Due to safety concerns raised following the Smoothbore Pistol Demonstration Match held at the Fall, 2018 Nationals, N-SSA has temporarily halted all Smoothbore Pistol Team Competitions, including demos, at N-SSA sanctioned skirmishes until safety procedures can be reviewed and final rules adopted. This event is therefore not being offered in 2019, but hopefully will be back in 2020.


Friday, April 26
Move in and set up any time after 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 27
7:00 Breakfast available in the clubhouse
8:00 Range open for Individuals
11:30 Lunch available in the clubhouse
12:00 Range Closed. Commanders’ meeting (Breechloader, Smoothbore, Carbine) and Lunch available in the clubhouse
12:30 Breechloader Competition
1:30 Smoothbore Team Competition
2:30 (Or right after Smoothbore) Carbine Team Competition
6:30 Steak Toss and Potluck at the “Andersonville Cabaret Grill.” Individual awards at dinner.
Saturday Night Dinner and Fellowship at the “Andersonville Cabaret Grill”

As always, we will fire up the big grill behind the clubhouse for steaks on Saturday night. The hosts will provide baked potatoes and some salad. Please bring your own steaks, brats, or whatever and participants are invited to contribute some sort of dish, salad, or dessert to the potluck. If you play, feel free to bring your fiddle, banjo, or whatever.

Sunday, April 28

8:00 Commander’s Meeting for Musket Team competitions.
8:30 Opening Ceremonies
8:45 Musket Team Competition
11:30-12:00 Cleanup and Team Awards Parade

Individual Competitions – Read Carefully! Major changes to Individuals since last year .
Skirmish medals will be awarded for nine individual events plus a Musket-Carbine Aggregate. All events are unclassified. All events and re-entries are $1.00.

Events and Awards:
50-yd Musket – 1st-4th Place

25-yd Smoothbore- 1st-3rd Place
50- yd Carbine- 1st-4th Place

Smoothbore Aggregate- 1st-3rd Place
Musket-Carbine Aggregate- 1st-3rd Place

50- yd Breechloader- 1st-3rd Place

12.5- yd Smoothbore Pistol- 1st-3rd Place
50-yd Smoothbore- 1st-3rd Place

Company Matches

Medals will be awarded to winners of all team events, 1st-3rd place Please Note: Musket and Carbine teams to consist of 5 shooters, Smoothbore teams to consist of 4 shooters, and revolver, and Smoothbore Pistol teams to consist of 3 shooters. Team fees will be $6.00 per shooter for all events.

Saturday Matches

Smoothbore (25 & 50 yd.)
(4 man, 4 relays)

Carbine (50 yd.)
(5 man, 5 relays)

Breechloader (50 yd.)
(3-man, 3 events)

12 – Clays on backer
20 - Clays on Backer
4- Clays on Backer per Man*
8- Pots
10- 4x4 Tiles

2- 4x4 Tiles per Man*
8- 4” Tiles
10 – Clays
2 – Pots per Man*
6 - Big Tiles and Bottles (50-yards)
10 - Pots
6 – Mixed wood blocks and bottles

See Notes Below!!!

*Breechloader Targeting Notes: Targets shown are for single-shot arms. Spencer shooters increase targets 50% per man. Henry shooters increase targeting by 100% per man!

Sunday Matches

Musket (50 yd.)
(5-man, 6 event)

20 – Clays on Backer
10 - 4x4 Tiles
10 – Birds
10 – Pots
10 – Mixed wood blocks and bottles

Accommodations - Camping is available on the range for tents and smaller campers only. While there is running water in the clubhouse adjacent to the range, we strongly suggest that you bring your own drinking water. As always, the hosts will offer the usual skirmish fare for breakfasts and lunch.

For those preferring to motel in Springfield, there is a concentration of good motels and restaurants concentrated in and around the Parkway Pointe shopping center about 15 minutes from the Lefthanders by taking old Route 36 into Springfield. Those coming from Chicago and going to motels in this area should take I-72 West, but should get off onto Route 4 North at Exit 93. Motels in the vicinity of this exit include:

The Comfort Inn 217/787-2250
The Fairfield Inn 217/793-9277
Hampton Inn 217/793-7670

To reach the range from these motels, simply go north on Route 4 to Wabash Avenue, turn left, and go west 8.1 miles to the Bates/Loami Road. Turn left towards Loami and follow the directions given earlier.

Other Motels: On I-55 south of the I-72 interchange at Toronto Road (I-55 Exit 90) you will also find the Baymont Inn (217/529-6655) and the Days Inn (217/529-1410). Just north of the 6th Street Exit (Exit 92) at the I-55/I-72 interchange you will find a Super 8 (217/529-8898) and the Route 66 Motel (217/529-6626). The skirmish site is easily accessible from this area also by taking I-72 West.

FOR Further Information or Assistance Contact either:
N-SSA Skirmish Director: Jim Leinicke, 217/525-3725, usrifle1841@sbcglobal.net
ACWSA Skirmish Director; Gary Van Kauwenbergh, 608/274-0736, garyvank@aol.com