It was a great pleasure to spend my weekend amidst the rainy hug of the PNW; beset on all sides by eager shooters. From my vantage point, their minds soaked up the instruction, heritage and history just as readily as their clothing soaked up rainwater.
This was an especially persevering bunch. They overcame the adversity of weather, of unfamiliar firearms, and of (for most) entirely new concepts. The Redcoat targets were proof enough of that.
Take what you learned to heart. Practice finding, adjusting and checking NPOA. Drill your magazine changes and, most importantly, dry fire, dry fire, dry fire. Every one of you has a Rifleman patch in your future, I hope each of you comes back to reach out and grab it.
Lastly, I meant what I said in the introduction. I came for the marksmanship but came back for the mission. Take a "Respiratory Pause" to recall the 3 Strikes and what they mean to you. Can you picture yourself on Lexington Green in the wee hours of the morning? Standing next to your father, your son, your brother, your uncle, your friend, or everyone you know by name?
If it stirs you like it stirs me, get involved, in whatever way you can.