They should make an official patch called Ohio Late-Winterseed because there's a group of shooters who deserve something special after turning out for this one!
Mother nature tried to dish it out but we kept on shooting. Chilly, blustery, foggy, drizzly, sleety and just a peek or two of sun to let us know what we could have had - This Appleseed had it all. Not one shooter gave up and 3 new Riflemen plus one re-qualifier were forged from a group of nine awake and aware Americans.
Saturday saw plenty of eager faces absorb the instruction and history like only teachable attitudes can do. After an awesome hot lunch by the CCFSA crew (thanks Jon and Angie!) we were ready to get on with the AQTs. On our first official attempt at the Rifleman score, Nelson threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the shooters with a 214. Light rain and a dose of history closed out a day that most of us were glad had come to and end.
Sunday dawned chilly but calm and we were at it again. After a brief review the grind was under way. Before another wonderful hot lunch was served PJ re-qualified with a 212 and another new Rifleman was born as Scott nailed a 212 as well.
Those unfortunate Redcoats that volunteered for our team drill wished they had stayed in the target box after 2 minutes of free flowing liberty obliterated all but tiny red pieces of Morgan's shingle and left all the rest with holes the size of cannonballs from Ticonderoga (but that's another story!)
Our final AQT told the tale of glory as Melissa pounded out a 225 putting all challengers to shame- the highest score of the weekend including some turned in by our instructors! Scott and Nelson backed up their patches with 214 and 222 respectively.
Many thanks to all our shooters who braved the elements and showed marked improvement. Brad and Chris are knocking on the door. Michael, Rong Rong and T-Man are creeping up on future greatness as well- it's just a matter of practice and persistence!
We hope to see everyone back on the line soon and BRING SOME FRIENDS!!!!