Earl, thank you for getting this AAR started and for posting those fine pictures. It was a pleasure having you on the line. You have been so busy running shoots and instructing lately, it was good to see you get behind one of your rifles and to spend the day with you.
The weather this weekend was a little hot, but it was outstanding - no rain! (Although janer said she felt a couple drops fall on Saturday.) One of our shooters, Jeff, kenjo, and I shared breakfast on Sunday morning. What a great time of fellowship. Also, Jeff barbecued burgers for himself and each of our instructor crew Sunday evening. That was also a special treat.
Everyone improved as the weekend went along. Anje, Jeff, and David were all knocking on the door to becoming riflemen. We had a few scores over 200, but none climbed above the 210 mark. Someone commented that RWVA does not hand out patches like youth soccer trophies, and they had that right.
Pastor Tim spent the day with us Saturday. Sadly, like Earl, he couldn't spend Sunday with us - he had some other commitments he had to keep.
It was great seeing families on the line, shooting together. Ben and Lucy were real troopers and they earned their youth patriot patches because of their determination and great, teachable attitudes. Tim and Anje, you are doing a fine job raising your children.
Mark and Sarah - glad you could have a little Appleseed marriage encounter on Saturday. Sorry the fireworks kept you up all night Friday night and Saturday night. I wish you would have camped on the range. It was much quieter than the public campground you two stayed at. You have the basics, so you can continue to work with each other on your marksmanship.
Jacob and Natosha, it was a pleasure working with you two. Although the sling was awkward at first, you continued one and your steady hold factors were getting better after each string of fire. Dry practice at home with your rifle so you can practice the 6-steps so that they become automatic, then go to the range to confirm what you learned.
David, you improved a lot. I'm sure we have a patch with your name on it, just keep practicing.
Thank you, Wolverton Mountain Gun Club, for hosting this event. You are a great club to work with.
kenjo and janer - it was a pleasure working the shoot with you both. Your storytelling was excellent and we all worked well together. kenjo pretty much ran the shoot from start to finish and he did an excellent job. I have a funny feeling that there is a green hat in store for you in the near future. Well done, running a safe, informative, and fun shoot.