Well, I'll kick things off on the official AAR for the IBC/ Appleseed at Wade's DAR near Vader, WA:
(Vader is an old Inuit word meaning "Bowl of cold mud"
The IBC started Thursday am with 6 attendees, and well instructed by Wheeler44, Kool Aid, Dragon Wood, and myself. DW was observing the IBC in preparation for her own IBCs coming up in January. (And she did
pick a sunny, warm venue, but wanted to get broken in on a tough one!) Many thanks to Wheeler for getting us an indoor site for the IBC!
Day one of the IBC was fast and furious with all the Orange hats taking notes, demonstarting, explaining, and learning the Appleseed way of spreading the seed! We began at 0800 and somehow had time left over to do a few day two items before we knocked off about 1730. They were allowed 7 minutes for lunch and one bathroom break of 50 seconds. (Hey, if you can do stage two in 50 seconds.......
Day two was more classroom, initially the Advanced Riflerman stuff, wherein they learned the practical applications and field craft of a Rifleman, troubleshooting on the line, how to run a KD line, etc, and finally the "Mock Appleseed". The day ran a bit long because we allowed 9 minutes for lunch and 60 seconds for a bathroom break, so we finished about 1800.
The IBC was a great success, as was evidenced by what I saw on the line Saturday morning.
The drive up from Woodland was "sporty", especially for a southern boy. (When I see white stuff like that, it's usually grits, but they told me they didn't have grits up here) Snowflakes like quarters! Slush 2 inches deep in places! Freezing rain! Hydroplaning! Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open..........
Anyway, after our drive through the winter wonderland, where I wondered if this was such a good idea.....
We were assembling about daylight at Wade's place. (Wade, unfortunately wasn't able to be there, but we knew he was right there in spirit, especially during the history!)
The rain nearly stopped, and Wheeler informed me that this was just a "high humidity day" here in Washington, and to expect lots of hearty souls to show up to hone their marksmanship skills. He was not wrong.
Admin was taken care of and we were soon on top of the hill briefing the shooters for the coming storm of information they would receive. The Orange hats performed admirably and in no time we were down in the hole, firing on the "Redcoat"targets.
Trips to and from the target line required the shooters to ford the river flowing from one end of the line to the other. Kool Aid softly uttered the words; "A river runs through it", and it did.
The shooters were given top notch instruction in the fundamentals with tips and techniques to improve their shooting abilities, and we saw much improvement all along the line. Shooters struggled with stocks that were too long, stoppages, cold, rain, mud, etc, and persevered throughout the day until darkness crept in and we had to quit. I am convinced there was not a shooter on the line that wouldn't have gone another two hours had there been the light for it.
Alas, work, and the real world woudn't allow me to come back for Sunday. But I left Saturday night just as I always do, heart heavy, wishing I could be there among Riflemen another day.
Another great event in WA! Thanks to all who came and worked so hard in the weather and mud! YOU are truly American heroes! You got up and came out in the weather to learn about your rifle, your heritage, your self, and you went home as better Americans for it.
Now let's hear from those hearty souls who showed up BOTH days!