What a wonderful weekend! Weather was decent (not perfect), instructors worked as a team, and the shooters were awesome! We had many first-time Appleseeders. They all came with a teachable attitudes and it showed on their targets. On Saturday, Kevin (a repeat rifleman) shot 242 with a bolt action .22 and two thirds of the shooters were shooting over 150 on their first AQT.
Since it was Memorial Day weekend, we shot the Saturday afternoon redcoat target as a volley. Earl called out the names of veterans killed in action April 19, 1775 and the shooters shot in cadence. After hearing the Three Strikes during breaks, many of the names were familiar by the time the volley was shot.
Brett shot 217 on his 2nd AQT Sunday. Huzzah!
Fixer shot a 209 - so close.
Dave shot a 200 on Saturday. He would have earned his patch if he shot 5 and 5 on stage 2 of the AQT instead of 2 and 8. Next time.
Alex went from 162 on Saturday to a high of 194 on Sunday.
Kenn went from 130 to 198.
Jerry H. shot a high score of 186.
Helen shot a personal best of 188 on Sunday. I'm sure we'll see her on the line again. She is knocking.
Spencer and Logan were our two 14-year old shooters. Spencer did much better once we corrected a misunderstanding about sight alignment (those pesky Ruger 10/22 sights). Logan came because his family saw us listed on the Youth Shooting Sports Assn. web page and this was his first firearms class. He shot 142 on his first AQT and finished with a personal high of 176.
Roger, work on the six steps of firing the shot with a smaller caliber rifle. Once you master the six steps, then get behind the SKS and work on your steady hold factors. I hope I see you on the line at a future shoot.
Thank you, shooters, for being excellent students. Continue to dry practice in the comfort of your living rooms. It will help your marksmanship immensely and make you more familiar with the manipulation of your rifles.
Earl, it is always a pleasure working shoots with you. Paul, it is great having you back on the line. I'm glad your knee is feeling better. Jay, thank you for helping with the shoot and taking care of range logistics. It is very much appreciated.
Thank you, Jefferson County Sportsmen's Association, for hosting this event. We couldn't do events without the support of ranges like yours.
George (aka ShadowMan)