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Title: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on January 07, 2010, 09:37:38 PM
Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and is excited about the new year.   I have been thinking about this upcoming year and am ready to get the ball rolling.

It does seem to me that we do not know each other and that does not help us.  I wanted to just introduce myself and see who else is in the Colorado area.  Perhaps while the weather prevents we can get together for a shoot.

So what I am suggesting as that all of us put a quick note in to say hello, what part of the state we are from and let's see if some connections get started.  See if we can't start working together better and helping each other as needed.

So I will start...

Name is Eric, I am in Colorado Springs, work in Denver.  I have done 3 shoots as a participant (Fountain, Gunnison, Brighton) then helped at the November Ramah shoot.  I am enjoying the History and actively working on the marksmanship.  I don't get out as much as I would like but am on the wait list for a local range so hope to get this fixed soon. I have recently started shooting a local monthly CMP match and that helps.

I have passed the level 1 test and will start working on the next this spring but have to balance with 3 kids, wife and work so not going to be a shoot boss to soon.  I do enjoy the teaching aspects very much and have put together 2 training rifles over the winter, ready to go to Gunnison in April.  I have been working with my older children when the weather allows, good practice teaching for me and learning for them. 

OK, next...
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: iron site on January 19, 2010, 01:25:48 PM
Hi Eric, and Colorado
I look forward to working with you at the Gunnison shoot in April. You are welcome to stay at my house during the shoot. We have a guest room.

My name is Craig, I live in Gunnison. I've meet several of you at the IBC and am looking forward to working with any and all of you.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on January 19, 2010, 06:42:13 PM
Is Al bring the coffee?
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on January 28, 2010, 12:06:46 AM
Hey guys! Hope to see more of you on the trail this coming year, we are going to be BUSY! Feb. 27-28 at Fountain is coming up fast!
I live in Fountain (south end of Colorado Springs) and belong to the Frontier club as well as one in Pueblo West. If some of you can't find a good place to practice I can drag you out to one of these as a guest.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on January 28, 2010, 09:25:27 AM
Hey Pete, I have a question about that, I saw 4 shoots on the Frontier web site but none are up on the Appleseed public site or the instructor scheduling.  What needs to happen to get them up to the public?

On a side note, just got my parerwork for Frontier so I will be shooting at the Falcon site often.  How is the 1000yd lane coming on the south site?
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on January 29, 2010, 12:02:48 AM
Franktown_kid (Rich) is going to take care of the scheduling. Fountain, Ramah, and Brighton will be on there.

The 1000-yd range at the south site has the firing lines (200, 300, 500(?), 600, 800, 900, 1000) and the target line laid out on the ground, and that is all. Big $$ to do any more, since the idea was to have full target pits eventually. That will take a while.

By the way, this Saturday you are welcome to come to Ben Lomond Gun Club in Ramah for an instructor practice for full distance, line calling, etc. Rich, Paul, and I will be there plus whomever other orange hats we can scavenge on short notice.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Kinguvbattle on January 31, 2010, 08:15:53 PM
Hello all.  just moved to Colorado (courtesy of my current occupation).  I attended one day of a week end shoot in North Carolina last year and am looking forward to getting to some here in Colorado.  Can anyone suggest a range for use near the Colorado Springs area? 
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on February 02, 2010, 09:43:03 PM
Try Frontier Sportsman's Club. They have 2 ranges, the original east of Springs in Falcon, and a new one east of Fountain (east from the power plant and race track south of town). I will PM you with a contact.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Blue Skies on February 10, 2010, 11:20:20 PM
Hi everyone!

My name is John and I live up on the southside of the Metro area in Centennial.  I went through IBC last summer with Pete, Wes, Al etc but have only been able to instruct (at Gunnison) once so far.  I hope to participate more, of course, but am also juggling kids, wife etc.  I fly for a living which takes me out of town about half my life, so the hometime feels even more scarce.  But my kids love AS and I hope to get my wife to one soon.  My son Alex (YoungBlood on the board here) is 12 years old, and wants to become an instructor this year, and that would be very cool.

I am (hopefully) joining Ben Lomond next week.  I hope to meet all of you who I haven't met yet and get some good things going soon!
John
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on February 19, 2010, 12:34:19 AM
Howdy John, I hope you get into Ben Lomond, it is a good range. A Rifleman needs to have a good home range!
I'm sure we'll be seeing ya at upcoming shoots, almost certainly at the ones at your new home range! Rich Trow our state coordinator is a member there too. We hope to have the next instructor shoot there as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Sheepdog on February 19, 2010, 01:53:08 AM
Hello everybody in Colorado ^:)^
My name is Mike aka Sheepdog. I live in Teller Co. bout an hour west of the springs. I'm new to the area after moving from Illinois nearly two months ago now. My wife and I have spent alot of time in the great American west and had a dream to retire here. Now we are living that dream. In any event I'm real happy to be here and continue involvement in progressing the Appleseed goals.
So far I have met Eric aka esaybee and attended the AS in Laramie a couple weeks ago. I'm planning to attend the shoot here at the end of the month at Fountain and looking forward to meeting some of you there.
Also, I'll be SBing the April 17-18 shoot in Fountain as well. So let's just say I'm looking for a few Instructors and Instructors IT to make Fountain a fantastic shoot in April. :---
Looking forward to working/teaching with you all.
regards, Mike
719-689-2552
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Blue Skies on February 19, 2010, 10:03:35 AM
Hi Pete and Mike!  As of today, I will be bringing my wife, kids and brother to the Fountain AS in April.  I have not sent in my request to instruct there yet, but I will get that in ASAP.  I noticed there are NO SB's or Instructors of any kind signed up for Brighton that weekend, even though it is listed as being sold out.  If they need help there, and if they can fit my family in, I am thinking maybe there is a possibility we'll end up there.  I am flexible and would like to help out wherever I'm needed, so we'll just stay signed up for Fountain unless there turns out to be a dire need in Brighton.  If we come to Fountain, we'll probably bring our trailer and camp there. 

In any case, I'm looking forward to meeting Eric and the others I still haven't met!  Mike - my 12 y.o. son Alex just got approved to be an IIT, but he has not quite shot Rifleman yet.  Nickle approved the waiver last week  ^:)^, but I want him to keep working at it hard.  I want to have him shoot for score in Fountain to get that accomplished, and he'll also be ready for his IIT1 test by then.  Would you be willing to do that, and have an orange hat waiting for him?  :bow:

I did get in at Ben Lomond, BTW!  I am VERY happy to have a good place to shoot now.  :~
Take care!!
John
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on February 19, 2010, 09:44:41 PM
Good deal folks! I'm signed up for the Feb. and Apr. Fountain shoots and will do so for the following one in July (?).
Not sure about what's going on in Brighton for the Apr shoot though.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: RifleWoman on February 19, 2010, 10:05:28 PM
Hi guys.  Brighton is the first event for 4/19 to sell out.  Way to go CO!!  I've been talking with Val and Zombie about the possibility that the line would be longer than we think it is.  More shooters the merrier.  So Brighton is going to need quite a few instructors with 42 on the line, so get signed up. 

Fountain is getting quite a few people signed up also, I've not noticed anything with Gunnison. 

We need some of you to hang up those Orange hats and get those red ones and preferable Green before 4/17  ;)

I think you all know who I am.  But I'm still learning who all of you are.  I used to know all the instructors and people on the forum.  Now I don't know hardly anybody let alone those from my own state. 

Title: Brighton is the first event for 4/19 to sell out. Way to go CO!!
Post by: voortrekker on February 19, 2010, 10:51:00 PM
Brighton is the first event for 4/19 to sell out.  Way to go CO!!  

Good job Brighton, CO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hopefully, a Texas event will be next.


Texans, are you listening.......Bueller.........Bueller........Bueller......Anyone.....Anyone........Anyone?


I'm getting fired up for the April 19th shoots!!!!   O0


 :~ :~ :~ :~



Brett



Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Sheepdog on February 21, 2010, 04:48:53 PM
Nice...."build it and they will come"  ^:)^ I can see now how important it isto havethe lions share of shoots when the weather is fair (I'm still not exactly sure when that is), sometime in the late spring through early fall. Those other 97% of rifle owners will be most likely to come out then.
Thanks to everyone who makes this tihing happen.  :bow:
Sheepdog

Hi guys.  Brighton is the first event for 4/19 to sell out.  Way to go CO!!  I've been talking with Val and Zombie about the possibility that the line would be longer than we think it is.  More shooters the merrier.  So Brighton is going to need quite a few instructors with 42 on the line, so get signed up. 

Fountain is getting quite a few people signed up also, I've not noticed anything with Gunnison. 

We need some of you to hang up those Orange hats and get those red ones and preferable Green before 4/17  ;)

I think you all know who I am.  But I'm still learning who all of you are.  I used to know all the instructors and people on the forum.  Now I don't know hardly anybody let alone those from my own state. 


Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on February 22, 2010, 12:00:10 AM
Great job Brighton. 

I am currently on the Gunnison list for April but can shift to the Fountain shoot if I am of better use, someone just let me know.  I will be bringing my son (10) as a participant as well.   I can not make the Feb shoot due to conflicts with Little League but have been talking it up where I can.  You may see my LTR's on the line without me.

I also just got my range pass for Frontier so if anyone wants to get out and shoot a bit let me know.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on February 23, 2010, 12:29:04 AM
If the weather is not miserable Frontier is usually on my weekend to-do list...rifle or pistol. Need to get in some position work with the M1 though...
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Ridge on February 28, 2010, 05:57:27 PM
Name is Dave. I live in Aurora. Attended the May Ramah shoot last year. Had a great time.

Getting ready to register for April Fountain, just waiting to hear back from a couple friends who want to come along to (active USMC).

Love the history. Put together a lightweight, basic rifle for this season's shoot, hope to get Rifleman this time around! History is great to listen to, as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on February 28, 2010, 08:37:01 PM
Dave, we'll see ya there...only seven weeks out!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Sheepdog on March 02, 2010, 09:04:31 PM
Hey Dave, yea welcome. It will be good to have you and as many shooter as you can bring. Will look forward to seeing you there. Only seven weeks...better get busy.
Regards, Mike
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Ridge on March 13, 2010, 03:28:26 AM
Anybody know of a decent motel near the Fountain Appleseed next month where a friend and I could crash for little cost? :)
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on March 13, 2010, 04:04:49 AM
There's a Super 8 (I think) just off exit 128 on the west side of I-25 behind the truckstop there. About 1/2 hour from the range, which is 'out in the middle of nowhere'.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Trin Tragula on March 17, 2010, 10:25:41 PM
Been awhile since I've been in here - thought I'd introduce myself again.  Spouse and I just signed up for Douglas WY AS in June.  My 3rd, her 2nd AS.  Taking the AR-15 this time.   

Sorry I missed out on the Virtual Muster II last night.  But it was caucus night here in Colorado on March 16 - glad I went.  Got selected as delegate to the county and state assemblies, and alternate to 4th congressional district assembly.  A bunch of us from the 9.12 groups up here got selected as delegates - now we'll have a say in which candidates get elected.

Will there be another Virtual Muster?  Is there a transcript somewhere for the VM II from last night?
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on March 18, 2010, 02:03:47 AM
Welcome back Trin! We met early last year when FunFaler came into Denver for an evening. Things are going to be busy here in CO this year!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Cora_Munro on April 01, 2010, 12:56:20 AM
Hi all,

This is Cora_Munro (Melody) checking in here.  I went to my first AS last summer in Ramah with my husband, my second in Brighton last fall and then IIT0'd at Ramah in November. I went to the Westminster IBC last winter after my first knee surgery, then had my left knee operated on, so I've been out of the loop for a bit! Due to the "free" registration I get as a woman, it's been easier for myself than for my husband to progress. I have no idea what level IIT I'm at now, since I do believe those levels get determined at an AS and not an IBC (somebody can clue me in on that if you'd like).

Ah, a little about myself...

I'm only 5' tall. I'm working on yelling loud enough so the older folks out on the line can hear my squeaky girl voice. You should hear me sometimes...I'm sure the neighbors kids think there's an old man in my apartment! I'm still technically a newlywed, and hopefully will be one forever  O0

I have a health based background and did a career switch to Library Science (so you could say I'm a gun-toting fit librarian...that's a picture!)

My husband and I own an online mall and look forward to retiring in a year or so from it. We're stoked about that, since we'd like to devote more time to AS as instructors.

I'm sure there's more to share, but I'm getting sleepy :)

I registered as a shooter for the Brighton AS last fall (for this April), but I think I might try and instruct part of it and be a student for the other part, if possible. I'd like to get my rifleman patch (the last shoot where I was a student, my front sight fell off so all my groups were beautifully tiny, but high and to the left!), but not sure if I can physically do it yet still (I have a hard time kneeling, getting up, etc).

Good night :)
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on April 01, 2010, 11:31:18 PM
Hey you! I wondered what happened to ya! I hope the other knee heals up fast. I'll be down at the Fountain shoot. Have fun!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Mudbug on April 07, 2010, 12:48:59 PM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Craig and I just registered for the May Ramah shoot since all the April shoots near me are full, that will teach me to wait until the last minute to register. :(   This will be my first shoot and I am looking forward to learning a lot. The press has been working the past couple evenings churning out ammo for the shoot.

Anyway I just wanted to say hello and offer logistic support for the May shoot if it can be utilized and will be happy to transport supplies and/or people from the Denver area. I have a crew cab pickup with a shell and a 14ft utility trailer if needed and will be staying at the Econolodge in Calhan that weekend.  Also willing to help with range setup and tear down if needed, I am sure that is sizable job in itself.

Please let me know if I can help.

Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on April 09, 2010, 12:28:47 AM
Welcome Mudbug, and thanks for the offer of help! Much appreciated! Our target line goes up pretty quickly, but we may have two lines there in different berms, not sure. Our state coordinator (Franktown_kid) usually gets there on Friday afternoon (he's a club member) and sets up the lines then, I'm sure he'd appreciate help!
By the time you get through with the shoot you might be too tired to do anything but go home...!
See ya there!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Mudbug on April 09, 2010, 01:24:18 PM
Thanks Pete,

I will headed down early Friday afternoon as well, if I can help please let me know.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on April 12, 2010, 12:12:03 AM
Good for you Trin Tragula, stepping up when it counts.  Look forward to meeting you, see you on the trail.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Molon Labe 1775 on April 19, 2010, 01:40:51 PM
Hi all, My name is Rob and I'm the in Thornton Colorado area. Just attended my first shoot at Fountain this past weekend with Bob "Redneck" and Colorado Pete and all the other instructors.  Had a great time and learned a lot.

Glad to be here.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on April 20, 2010, 01:00:30 AM
Rob, do some rooting around on the site, lots of good stuff here, sometimes hard to locate though! Once you get access to the instructor section you can start studying the nuts and bolts stuff. You might want to peruse the History section for some good stories and reference material. Get a copy of the book "Paul Revere's Ride" by David Hackett Fischer, that is the source for most of our history lesson. Also look at the After Action Review sections, good for learning how other shoots went. There are a few sections where new IIT contact info is put up as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Molon Labe 1775 on April 20, 2010, 10:19:29 AM
Thanks Pete,

I ordered the book "Paul Revere's Ride" and a few other goodies from the store.

Just sent a message to Bob as well.

Thanks again
Rob
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Sheepdog on April 20, 2010, 01:36:59 PM
We lured a couple IITs to join up. Skinner and John D. (dont know official screen name yet) stepped up. When you boys get this figured out, we want to hear from you.

Thanks for picking up the bucket!

Mike/Sheepdog
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Blue Skies on April 20, 2010, 08:30:44 PM
Rob, it was great having you at the Fountain shoot and we're very excited you stepped up!!  It looks like we might need to get another IBC set up for CO sometime soon with all the new IIT's that have come forward. 

Pete, special thanks to you for all the hard work you did to pull Fountain off without a hitch!  Great job, and it went off well despite the weather.  I'm looking forward to working with you again soon!  Great call on the pizza joint too, BTW.

Blue Skies
(John)

Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Molon Labe 1775 on April 20, 2010, 08:44:13 PM
Hi John,

It was a great weekend!  All the instructors were really good  O0   

An IBC in Colorado sounds like a good time to me.

Hope to see you and your family at another shoot.

Rob
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on April 20, 2010, 08:55:32 PM
Thanks John! Oh, I reserved better weather too, but I think someone else got it...And it wouldn't have gone off at all if not for Rich's firing line setup!
The pizza shop I had in mind originally (it was near the Chinese Buffet place) was closed, so I kept driving up to the other one. Good stuff indeed.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on April 20, 2010, 11:12:19 PM
We got it in Gunnison (the better weather).  Had a lot of rain Friday night, so much mud that only a 4x4 could get close but then we setteled in and had a great Saturday.  Only weather come up during the nationwide Redcot, lightning and hail for 10 minutes during the COF then blue skies for the rest of the weekend.  4 rifleman and 1 iit on day one, had to leave a bit early on Sunday so not sure on the finish yet but a good group, 24 on Sat, 16 or 17 on Sunday.

What a great way to spend a weekend!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Erebus on April 28, 2010, 11:59:29 AM
My name is John Daniels.  I'm fairly new to the forum, but I've been to three Appleseeds.  Scored 211 at the last one, and took an orange hat on the way out.  I live in Longmont.  I'm a full time student with a part time job, and an e-commerce business.  I love freedom, engaging conversations, and just about anything gun-related. 

To anyone in the area who wants to go shooting; contact me and we can find a time.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Sheepdog on April 28, 2010, 08:17:04 PM
We got it in Gunnison (the better weather).  Had a lot of rain Friday night, so much mud that only a 4x4 could get close but then we setteled in and had a great Saturday.  Only weather come up during the nationwide Redcot, lightning and hail for 10 minutes during the COF then blue skies for the rest of the weekend.  4 rifleman and 1 iit on day one, had to leave a bit early on Sunday so not sure on the finish yet but a good group, 24 on Sat, 16 or 17 on Sunday.


What a great way to spend a weekend!
:--- :--- :---

Yep! ^:)^
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: passinthru on May 11, 2010, 06:51:27 PM
I am visiting Grand Junction (from homebase in San Diego), and talked up the Appleseed Shoots at a local gun store.  They are willing to display literature, etc., but I don't seem to see any shoots near Grand Junction.  Can someone from Colorado contact me?............thanks..........steve
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: passinthru on May 14, 2010, 02:39:39 PM
I am home in San Marcos CA, northern San Diego County.  I had a great time shooting at the BLM range just West of Walker Field Airport in Grand Junction, and Sunday afternoon at the Grand Junction Trap Range on 32nc rd next to the drag-strip.
I sure would appreciate someone on the Western Slope to contact me so some Appleseed Literature can make its way into one of the biggest private gun stores in Grand Junction  ---- unless, that is, there is not an Appleseed presence in the area yet, which sure would be a BIG SHAME!!!!!.................steve
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on May 14, 2010, 11:14:44 PM
Send a PM over to Franktown_Kid.  As far as I know we do not have anyone one the West slope but we do in Gunnion and I am sure some of us would be up for a little roadtrip.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on May 15, 2010, 10:06:44 PM
Al Smith (also his forum name) and the Gunnison crew have been looking to expand their sites, maybe they will chime in. For those of us on the Front Range (east of the mountains), a carpool road trip (to share the gas!) will take about 5-6 hours to reach Grand Junction from here.
Thanks for the tip on the BLM range, maybe something to plan for on an upcoming weekend.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: passinthru on May 16, 2010, 02:01:25 AM
Just got home from shooting trap at my local range.  Did send a P.M. to Franktown_Kid, awaiting his response.
I think the Western Slope is ripe for Appleseed development...................steve
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: passinthru on May 16, 2010, 04:54:42 PM
Colorado Pete;  re. BLM ranges.
    Go NorthEast on Horizon Drive from I-70, negotiate traffic circle prior to Walker Field Airport, go West on H Road, go North on 27 1/4 Road, continue as it turns to dirt/gravel, bear left at the 'Y' (seems to be a continuation of the correct road, but actually becomes 27 & 35/100 Road, go figure) continue issueing dust columns from the undercarriage of your vehicle.   There will be a sign on the right announcing the rifle range, continue past this sign to come to the pistol range sign.  Not sure if you could have a shoot at either BLM Range due to the 'closing to puble issue'.  Both ranges use the Bookcliff formation as back up. 
    Just as you leave the traffic circle, there is the regional BLM building on your left, probably a great place to ask questions re; above ranges, or perhaps other ranges in immediate area.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,steve
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: newone on September 01, 2010, 05:47:52 AM
Hello everyone, wanted to introduce myself.  I have been to 3 shoots so far, and helped out in Ramah last weekend.  This is my moniker I guess (I had to go dig it up to see what my logon was :-).  My name is Frederick if you met me at the shoot last week.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: 4 MOA or Bust on September 01, 2010, 01:38:28 PM
Howdy everyone.  I'm Kevin.  I was the guy with the FN FAL and the torn-up elbows at Ramah last weekend.

I had a great time despite the state of my body on Sunday afternoon.  I was really bummed not to shoot for a score on the AQT.  However, I learned TONS and met lots of nice folks.

For those of you in the Colorado Springs area, can you recommend a range that has both 25 yard and 200/300 yard ranges and that's within 30 minutes of the Springs?  Last weekend made it painfully clear to me I need more practice.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on September 01, 2010, 05:19:54 PM
For ranges you have limited options.  Frontier Sportsman http://frontiersportsman.org/ is my home range, located in Falcon and in Fountain.  Has 7 - 300 at the Falcon site and 0-300 at the Fountain site (this is where the Fountain Appleseed's are held)

You can do Dragonman for 10/day out to 200ys but not my favorite place.  Other then those 2 it is off to the mountains (hour plus).

If you woukld like to get out to the Falcon range just let me know, would be happy to take you or anyone as a quest.

I am planning some range time this Friday (day off) if anyone is interested.

Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Cora_Munro on September 16, 2010, 03:12:50 PM
is Ramah not close enough to the springs to shoot? From what I remember it was about a 45 minute drive...right? That's not TOO far for a good range to play at. Just a thought.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Wanderer on October 06, 2010, 07:19:45 PM
Hey so I'm Anthony (Wanderer) an IIT in Southern California, but I'll be moving to Dillon, CO for the winter to work at one of the resorts for November - May. Would be great to get a shoot going up in the mountains, though I'll be working most weekends I can try to come help teach.

If anyone is in the area I'd love to meet some shooting partners. I'm 25/male moving up there not knowing anyone - Always down for snow hikes & shoots
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: al smith on October 07, 2010, 02:51:46 AM
Howdy folks.  My name is al. I live in crested butte, north of Gunnison. I roast coffee and run a few shop in the area.  We have a great range to shoot at on cowboys property.  We shoot  AS at 25, KD @ 100 and have steel to 300.  Instructor can also shoot off the top os his hill to about 2000 yards on fridays before shoots.

Please have passinthru PM me with whatever range contacts are available in GJ.  We would love to shoot in GJ in the fall/winter/spring.  It is pretty warm in  summer.

If wanderer is in the neighborhood, check in.  Shootin is almost as much fun as teachin shootin.  We like to shoot and have Alot of Room to do it.

That's all for now folks.

Thank you all for your efforts.

al smith
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on October 08, 2010, 04:44:40 AM
Wanderer, keep in touch. Winter up there can put a stop to about everything except skiing, including making it over the high pass roads, like Hoosier Pass on Rt 9 directly south of Dillon and Breckenridge, which is the pass between Dillon and my stomping grounds. Maybe we can 'meet in the middle' in South Park on the south side of Hoosier some time.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Prone to Knit on October 22, 2010, 05:41:18 PM
Hello, Colorado!

I'm Kim, wife of oneshot_onehole Jim Heath, 22+ years.

I've shot a rifle about a dozen times over 40 years and got my Rifleman patch at the Ladyseed in Ramah on September 26th. I also accepted an orange hat.

Jim came up with my screen name, Prone to Knit, which references shooting and my love of knitting. Clever man!

I look forward to serving with you in this noble cause.

Kim
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on October 29, 2010, 03:05:15 PM
Welcome Kim!! Glad to see you volunteered, Jim needs some adult supervision out there (as do the rest of us guys!)

Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: coloradomike on October 31, 2010, 10:30:36 PM
Hey yall,

This is Mike. I was at the shoot this weekend in Ramah and took the orange hat, so I thought I'd drop in and post something here.

I normally work at least one job on weekends, but as long as I know ahead of time I can get it off. Hopefully I'll be able to help some people improve their marksmanship while working on my own!

Looking forward to getting more involved in the organization here. If there's anything I can do to help, send me a PM.

Mike
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Sheepdog on October 31, 2010, 11:29:33 PM
Hey all,
Just started the AAR after the Ramah shoot. For all involved many thanks!!! :bow:
If you have a moment, please add some words to the AAR. If possible mention people (shooters) by name as appropriate. This is kind of a "follow through" for us and is another chance to favorably reflect Appleseed and give them a warm and fuzzy enhancing the possibility of their return.
Thanks again, Mike/Sheepdog
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on November 01, 2010, 03:29:10 PM
Welcome Colorado Mike! We'll put you to work, never fear!
Our next CO shoot is Nov. 13th-14th up at Brighton, about 30 mins northeast of Denver. You might want to try to make that one. After that, I'm not sure, perhaps a cold one out at Gunnison.
 
Keep your eyes peeled for an Instructor Boot Camp (IBC) coming up, that's a weekend event you'll want to make.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Prone to Knit on November 01, 2010, 07:17:31 PM
Awesome, Mike, that you decided to join up with us. You'll be a great addition to the team. I'm sure we'll work on many shoots together.

Maybe you can get your whole family to an event someday. Would love to see Sarah and Mary, as well as your parents (for a second AS). Wouldn't that be fun for you to coach them!

Like Jim said, please let us know anytime you need help or questions answered.

Kim
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: al smith on November 01, 2010, 08:17:51 PM
welcome kim and mike.  Al Smith here from up Gunnison way.  Thank you both for taking the orange hat.  I have found that Appleseed is the best way to volunteer time in a cause that will make our community safer, stronger and more able and willing to guide the elected leaders to do what is best for present and future generations.  In short, it gives me hope.

Everytime I meet another group of AS folks I am encouraged to continue.  Thank you for being a part of it all.

al smith
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Prone to Knit on November 01, 2010, 09:19:28 PM
Al, thanks for such a warm welcome. I just served on my first event as an orange hat this past weekend at Ramah (where friend Mike took the orange hat) and my husband (oneshot_onehole) earned his red hat. What a great experience. I'm sure it will become richer as I become more experienced.

My husband and I are thinking of doing one of your Valley Forge events but I guess November isn't cold enough. We really want to tough it out  (at least Jim is and I'm willing to go along provided we get the right clothing!).  B-r-r-r-r-r...

Craziness, I tell you.

Kim
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on November 04, 2010, 03:54:59 PM
Craziness indeed! Been to a couple of "Blizzardseeds". Very different in snow and cold and six layers of clothing!
A "warming shed" and plenty of hot chocolate or decaf coffee (no jittery caffeine!) are necessary. Numb fingers can't prep mags very well.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: JFQuest on November 07, 2010, 04:57:59 PM
Greetings to all...
Moved out here to Colorado (from Ohio) in the end of July and have finally managed to make the time to get out for an AS next weekend (Brighton, CO) and can't wait to meet up with the folks out here.  I went to a number of shoots in OH and made some great friendships and have no doubt that will happen here as well!
I am planning on camping out next weekend and was wondering how many folks out here usually camp (typically all the instructors and usually a few students would camp at the OH shoots)?
See you all there!
--jf
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Prone to Knit on November 07, 2010, 07:27:56 PM
JF, welcome to Colorado!

My husband says at the Brighton location there are plenty of places to stake a tent or pull in a trailer. It will just be a spot in the sand, no facilities. If the wind blows (which happens a lot as you've seen) sand in everything might not be a lot of fun and it might be cold. We like to take our trailer to shoots but are opting for a hotel room on this one.

We'll see you there.

Kim
Prone to Knit with Jim, oneshot_one hole
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on November 07, 2010, 09:21:36 PM
JFQ, see ya at Brighton!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: cognitive dissonance on November 12, 2010, 12:37:19 AM
Hey, everyone - my name's Fred.  I attended the RBC at Ramah last spring, made Rifleman, took an orange hat and then fell off the map for the summer!  I've been in contact with Franktown Kid now and then, but other than that I've been out of the loop until now.
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on November 14, 2010, 10:10:27 PM
Hey there Fred, welcome back! Thought you got abducted by aliens!
Just got home from the Brighton shoot. Very chilly. We'll have to get you out to the range some time soon!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: cognitive dissonance on November 14, 2010, 10:40:14 PM
Hey, Pete!  Actually, I was abducted by life!  Big changes afoot and may even be leaving Colorado.   :'(   You have my e-mail - please send me your phone # or PM it here...

Just wondering - do you guys bring a fire pit or two to these winter shoots?

Also, what do I need to do to get access to the instructor portion of this site?
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: Colorado Pete on November 15, 2010, 03:26:21 PM
Fred, to get on the instructor sections you need to have the shoot boss from your Appleseed back in June send an email to the appropriate person. Not sure but the SB might have been Alan Jolley (Long Rifle on the forum). Sometimes these things fall through Appleseed's cracks, so send him a PM with all the pertinent details of yourself and the shoot/boot camp and your AQT score if you remember it. If he was not the shoot boss he will remember who was.
 
Hope you're not leaving CO! If so let's get together and burn some gunpowder before you leave!


Good to hear from you again!

Pete
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: frontrange on January 08, 2011, 11:47:15 AM
Hello all, might as well keep this going (since it is a great idea). My name is Jeff, I live northwest of Denver in Arvada. I attended the AS about three years ago in Canon City; had a great time and met some great people. I had been an avid shooter for several years before the Canon City shoot, but I learned something pretty important at the shoot: having your rifle outside for 10 hours, in temperatures from around 35 degrees to 75 degrees and direct sun, is a lot different than going to the range for a few hours in the mid-morning. On the second day, I noticed my groups started to really open up - I couldn't figure it out, until I noticed that my scope would move back and forth about .125" if I touched it. :-X The expansion and contraction had loosened the scope mount, in a way that I couldn't repair on the range. I may have missed that Rifleman patch, but I still learned a valuable lesson about real combat conditions and how to prepare your equipment. Just another one of the many advantages of the AS.

Best wishes to you all, as you are the best of us! O0

-Frontrange
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: KellyH on January 26, 2011, 01:07:16 AM
Since I'm catching up on all the other threads. Hi there everyone, I'm KellyH (obviously) and I'm an pistol/rifle instructor (non Appleseed) in the Denver metro area. My primary focus is coaching the US Air Force Academy's "Combat Shooting Team" down in the Springs but it looks like the program there will be expanding soon.  I also teach a (small) handful of civ classes on various subjects. I also occasionally work with some LE projects but the Academy is my primary focus. Glad to be here, great to learn!
Title: Re: Colorado Introductions
Post by: esaabye on January 26, 2011, 09:16:50 PM
Hi Kelly, glad you joined up.  Looking forward to working with you shortly.