SNODAR, huh? That, hands down, is the best name for an Appleseed DAR in the entire free world.
I was at the shoot Saturday to help out, and was super glad to be able to climb out from under a mountain of work to be there at all. This was the first shoot at STRAT's range, and I have to hand it to the man, he did an amazing job setting the place up. He single handedly built a roof for the shooting line, provided all of us with a nice heated shop for history lessons, and in general, was a fantastic host. Thank you STRAT!
A big thanks also to artandscience for making this event happen. I'm hoping he earned his Green Hat this weekend, he sure deserves it.
Atticus came down from Mt Olympus, or wherever it is that the Appleseed God's are from, to make sure the first shoot at SNODAR went off without a hitch. It was a blessing to have his experience and knowledge on the line. Thank you Atticus!
Saturday started off cold, and gray, and muddy. Perfect if you ask me. Then about 2:30 in the afternoon the snow came and piled up fast, so I had to hit the road for 2 hour drive home. The morning weny quite smoothly, with 13 shooters on the line. I think there were 2 M14's, 4 .223's and a handful of asssorted .22's. We had at least one guy who was very new to shooting who did very well, and several experienced shooters who learned a lot as well. We shot the first AQT about 2:30 in the afternoon and ended up with 2 Rifleman right off the bat. Nice work Bob and Tyson. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
Artandscience, Earl, and Atticus told all three strikes throughout the day, and several shooters mentioned to me how appreciative they were to hear the history. This is what Appleseed is about after all. We are an American heritage organization that just so happens to teach a top notch marksmanship course.
Atticus had all of the instructors rotate calling the line, teaching skills, RSOing, and instructing, so artandscience, Fredness, Earl, RL, Meantree, and myself got a chance to do it all.
I had a great time and really appreciate guys like M14 John and Dan coming out to give the younger guys a run for their money. Now, all we need to do is figure out some clever plan to get at least 1 female and perhaps a few kiddies out there for the next shoot.
The weather was kind of crappy, but honestly, with STRAT's set up you didn't really notice it.
A big thanks to all the attendees. Without you, Appleseed is just a bunch of instructor's who give up their time to stand on a firing line without actually getting to shoot.
Nice work NW WA!