After Action Report - Mini in Monroe, WA, January 31st, 2009
The mini shoot in Monroe, WA on Saturday was a great success. The weather was outstanding and the shooters were very motivated. There were 12 shooters, including an 8 year old girl with an awesome pink rifle, a few dangerous old men, and one very focused tube fed shooter.
The instructor group consisted of of 5 IIts and 1 Red hat, with Fredness calling the line and 4130, artandscience, Earl, MeanTree and TheUpsetter working with the shooters. Things moved a little slowly in the morning as the ice melted from the trees above and the fog cleared, but by mid day we had quickened the pace considerably, and even had time to run a couple of 'fun' courses of fire. And by run I do mean run, as Fredness had the shooters start at the top of a hill, and sprint around a trash can before hitting the line to put 10 rounds in a 100yd silhouette. Not surprisingly, the 2 kids were the only ones who wanted to do that again. We only shot from prone all day to shorten things up and never did a real AQT, but at least 3 shooters will be knocking on the Rifleman's door as soon as we teach them standing and sitting at a full shoot.
The range owner,STRAT, got down on the line and shot with everyone for the day, and did an excellent job. We can't thank him enough for bringing Appleseed to his property and are very excited that he wants to host more shoots very soon (stay tuned). He had a great time, but I'm guessing he might be a little tired of hearing "follow through with that trigger."
All in all it was another great day for Appleseed, I can't thank the enthusiastic shooters and STRAT enough for making it possible.
It was very good to meet the fellow shooters, thanks to everyone that made the effort to show up.
We had 12 shooters on the line and 5 instructors so the was plenty of good coaching on the line.
Fredness did a good job on the range commands.
We were blessed with unusually good weather for this area this time of year.
Can't wait for the next one, so will practice practice practice.
On the subject of practice it is a good idea to reinforce SAFETY
DRY FIRE PRACTICE MUST BE ONE WITHOUT ANY AMMUNITION ANYWHERE IN THE ROOM OR VICINITY OF THE DRY FIRE PRACTICE.
Where ever you choose to dry fire practice make sure the weapon is clear and unloaded, some professionals even disassemble the firearm before entering the dry fire area, no ammunition should be in the dry fire area ever, do not take ammo into the area at any time not before or after or during, NO NO NO AMMUNITION in the dry fire area period.
Rim fire rifles can be damaged when dry firing on a empty chamber because the firing pin strikes the breach face on some designs, you can make your own snap cap or buy one but the snap cap must be a obvious dummy round and not look like ammunition for the rifle.
For future purposes safety during dry fire practice out side a live firing line should be stressed over and over, the safety point should be driven home.
Thanks again to everyone that showed up for coming and it for a great day.