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Title: Perfection on Patriot's Day!
Post by: Mixed Metaphor on April 18, 2021, 10:17:23 PM
Please join me in congratulating Will (Willociraptor) on a perfect 250!!

(https://i.imgur.com/sx9ukiR.jpg)
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Post by: Maximum Ordinate on April 18, 2021, 10:22:37 PM
 Well done.   O0
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Post by: Jerry Hall on April 18, 2021, 10:37:29 PM
Congratulations Will, That's some fine shootin!  :F  :snipersmi  :F

Jerry
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Post by: Eagle Keeper on April 18, 2021, 11:15:08 PM
Nice job  :F
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Post by: Roswell on April 18, 2021, 11:17:39 PM
Great shooting!
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Post by: TheMenace on April 19, 2021, 10:24:29 AM
Will,
Glad to say I knew you when...you attended your first event and shot distinguished with irons, when you took a hat, and when you earned your Red Hat. You're an excellent instructor and obviously an outstanding shooter. Florida's loss is Alabama's gain. Congratulations seems like such a small word for such a big achievement.
In Liberty!
Dennis
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Post by: Cable___Guy on April 19, 2021, 11:50:32 AM
 ^:)^
Outstanding.
Torque specs and locktite.
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Post by: Tennessee Beast on April 19, 2021, 03:30:33 PM
Huzzah!!! :F
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Post by: Black Knight on April 19, 2021, 03:44:11 PM
Will, great job!!  This shows you really know what you are about!
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Post by: Leadslinger66 on April 19, 2021, 04:39:49 PM
Congratulations Will!
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Post by: Captain on April 19, 2021, 06:50:57 PM
Wow!! Nice shooting Will!!!
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Post by: Willociraptor on April 19, 2021, 08:39:52 PM
          Aw, shucks. Y'all gon' make me blush!

          Thank you very much, everybody. My sense of humor inclines me to make jokes like, "Perfect combination of Mountain Dew and mozzarella. Just the right amount of grease on the trigger!" (Hopefully you get the reference!) But I suppose it's better to do the responsible/humble thing. So here goes. (See what I did there? I'm having my cake and eating it too! HUZZAH!!!)

         As excited as I am to have a 250 to my name, my successes would likely never have occurred without the top-notch instruction I've received over the years. True, a Rifleman persists, but it helps to persist in building GOOD habits not BAD ones.

          The thing that made the most difference for me at this event was noticing that I wasn't properly engaging the riflestock with my trigger hand.
          There are obviously a great number of things going on in the orchestra of solid marksmanship. It's simultaneously very complicated and very simple. My shots were going off here and there, and I couldn't figure out why. There wasn't even a pattern – left, right, high, low, you name it, my shots would just randomly stray from my point of aim. It was aggravating. Lost a lot of points on Stage 4 of my first AQT where the margin for error is so small. Going through the list of steady hold factors in my head during prep time, I realized that I had been skimping on "firm handshake grip, pulling the stock smartly back into the shoulder pocket," and the light bulb went off. I voiced my suspicions to the right-hand RSO and he said yep that'll do it. I knew how to fix my problem!
          Once I fixed it, my score blew up from 229 straight to 250.
          It was difficult to not fuss my shots. A voice in my head kept saying, “You’ve got a perfect score so far, something epic is happening here, don’t mess it up!” And I wanted to "let perfect become the enemy of good enough." But the rifleman’s bubble had to zone out even the voices in my head. It’s just my body, my reticle, and my target. Allowing things to remain that simple was difficult. It’s a mental game, but many hours of trigger time has taught me how to navigate it.

          I feel compelled to enumerate some special thanks. I'm not just some dude who is a natural whiz on the rifle. Many people proactively opened doors for me and shared insights with me, out of the goodness of their hearts. I like to think that Appleseeders are just good folks like that.
          So.
          Thanks to .....

        I’m really excited to be engaging the Tennessee Valley cadre after my move from central Florida to northern Alabama. Looking forward to working and bailing with the crew here. Thanks again for the congratulations, and remember:
   Fine instruction
   + Faithful and meticulous application
   + Persistence
   = Success

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race."
- Calvin Coolidge
Title: Re: Perfection on Patriot's Day!
Post by: Willociraptor on April 19, 2021, 08:50:36 PM
PS - This is a quick project that I whipped up about a month ago.

In the Marines, we would lay in the middle of a field and spend hours on end dry-firing at tiny little silhouettes painted on the side of a 55gal drum. Slung up and perfectly still, often with loss of circulation to our sling arm, getting rained on or what have you. They called it "snapping in." I decided to replicate this for myself. Don't know why it took me so long to do. I mightily encourage everybody to do something like this for themselves!

- Bought a cheapo 5gal bucket
- Took some old Redcoat targets and cut out the silhouettes. Used the remaining paper as a stencil.
- Grabbed some flat black spray paint and painted some targets onto my bucket using the stencils.
- Poof! Dryfire practice aid :)

For the week leading up to the event, I spent at least an hour a day snapping in. Slinging up, folding myself into position, and working through the six steps of firing the shot.

I found that the "call your shot" component of the sixth step was where a lot of learning took place. It's hard to explain, but when you spend a lot of time doing it, you'll get a feel for what I'm talking about.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
I am fortunate enough to have a very long back yard and empty land on the other side of my fence. Not everybody will have those things. If you need to, then just do this with a piece of paper. Tape the paper to a wall, and dry-fire indoors. The umbrella rule of "don't be an idiot" most definitely applies here.
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Post by: Sieggie on April 21, 2021, 10:45:17 AM
Hazza, Will

Dave
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Post by: Bear Arms on April 21, 2021, 10:57:15 AM
Huzzah!!!  You have always been an inspiration!!!
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Post by: CarrollMS on April 21, 2021, 10:36:16 PM
The epitome of Appleseed Marksmanship... many may seek this goal, but few will ever attain it.  OUTSTANDING job Will. Semper Fi
Title: Re: Perfection on Patriot's Day!
Post by: Major Tom on May 12, 2021, 08:41:07 PM
Congrats Will!! What an awesome achievement!!
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Post by: Charles McKinley on May 13, 2021, 10:29:58 PM
Will,
That was quite a tribute to your mentors and thank you for the tips.

HUZZAH! 250!