Well... it was
a great weekend! Bickleton was just exactly how I remembered it, beautiful, flat, windy... even MORE giant fans (that's for you Doug
) than last year. It was a privilege to go back there, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to... Doug and Helen, thank you guys SO much for your hospitality, and for opening up your place for shoots. We appreciate you guys more than you know!
It was a rare treat to meet and work with some instructors from the region that I'd never shared a line with before. I met some of them on Friday evening as they rolled in. And then, some of those who were camping in the Hidden Valley participated in 'midnight horseshoes by flashlight'.
Picture to prove it:
I really enjoyed working with Jen and her husband and son (Austin). If I remember correctly, Jen does pistol shooting but hadn't shot a rifle in a long time. Had some trouble with anticipating her shot because of being used to higher calibers, but eventually got used to the .22, and was shooting quite well! Lots of improvement over the weekend. Hope to see you all back. Austin was fun to work with, and his enthusiasm to check out his latest target was contagious.
Jo, you are SO close. You position and everything is picture-perfect. I can't wait to see the AAR where you are announced as Washington's newest Riflewoman! (It'll be soon. Just relax and have fun!)
Hayden, good job on transitions and your positions. You've come a long way. Keep practicing and you'll make a real rifleman score soon!
Amy, it's always fun to watch you shoot on the line. Even if it wasn't your best day out.
Rylan, it was great to meet you. I didn't have a chance to work with you really, but report was that your positions and trigger control were perfect. Keep working on the 6 Steps, and you'll get that patch!
Natalie, I really enjoyed working with you off and on throughout the weekend. Persistence really is the key to becoming a true Rifleman. Do some dry-practicing, come back to another Appleseed, and you'll get the patch.
Jimithegeek, I'm glad you liked my demo.
Konrad, congratulations on proving you're still a Rifleman from last year! I don't think I've ever seen anyone do a mag change that fast.
Troy and Ty, you guys are awesome! Congratulations to both of you on re-qualifying.
David, Peter, James, Lance (did I miss anyone?), congratulations on either making your first Rifleman score, or re-qualifying! Come on back to another Appleseed, and bring your friends!
To the rest of the shooters who I didn't get a chance to work with much, thank you! Thanks for coming out to bake in the sun on the line with us while learning rifle marksmanship and American heritage.
Instructors, thank you guys. I enjoy every moment working with you all (even if I was pretty burned out by Sunday afternoon). Arpjoe, AmbulanceDriver, Ducko, rocket, it was great to meet you all. Firediver, it was a privilege to work your first shoot with you; you're going to be a great instructor!
ShadowMan, you earned that red hat. Even if mine was FAR too small for you.
Earl, thanks for that picture in which I have the cheesiest smile in the world.
Seriously though, thank you so much for coming out to Bickleton. It was an honor to work the line with you again for the first time since July. You calling the Liberty Volley was the BEST. (Am I talking too much in this post? Ok, ok...)
Yep, it was a good weekend. Perfect weather, IMO; not too hot, just really sunny, as all our arms and necks show evidence of. Got home around mid-night last night, crashed, and still needing to catch up on sleep. You know that tired... that GOOD tired?
Pictures, for the most part from Sunday... all but 2 of my Saturday ones are on Rizzin's camera.
Saturday dawns clear and calm
Line is set up and ready to go
Anyone who slept through the glorious Sunday morning sunrise REALLY missed out...
Posting up Sunday morning's redcoat
06en watches Jo's trigger finger
AmbulanceDriver reviews prone position and sling usage; Firediver demos.
OnlyHitsCount gets some trigger time
Konrad working his bolty
Theophilus working with Isaac on prone
Austin and his lever-action tube-fed
Lunch time repeat Riflemen on Sunday - Troy and Ty
David and Peter - Father and son become Riflemen side-by-side, though David is a repeat, if I remember correctly.
Amy and Konrad with their AR's at the end of the line
TruT works with Steve on his prone position
And he is so close to that patch!
Mike the Mosin Man
Lance is a Rifleman!
Our fabulous shoot boss and shoot bosses in training wrapping up the day
And ShadowMan is a RED HAT!!!
Most of the instructors. I think we're missing rocket, Joni, Rizzin, and Jo... this was the best pic I had since Still Learnin's hand cut off people's faces in the others.
More pictures from Saturday later. (When you feel up to it Rizzin, can you mail my thumbdrive to me? That would be great...)