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History / Re: Women's History Month 2024...
Last post by Mrs. Smith - Today at 09:57:17 AM
I wouldn't expect a challenge. Most folks tune out the dates unless you hit them multiple times, or they're reading them. If nobody brings it up, neither should you. Because we don't actually know. If the historians knew for sure, they'd say so.

In the unlikely event they do, make sure you point out this is just speculation, as there's little record of her actions before enlistment other than that she was in Yorktown. It's reasonable speculation, but speculation nonetheless. We must take care not to present our best guesses as fact.

It's like Margaret Gage, yes?  There's some decent circumstantial evidence she may have been the one who tipped Warren about the Concord powder raid. But we don't KNOW for a fact.

And it's very important to say so.
#2
After Action Reports / Re: Kingsport, TN AAR Ladyseed...
Last post by Roswell - Today at 08:55:27 AM
Great job ladies!  O0
#3
History / Re: Women's History Month 2024...
Last post by Aliquippa - Today at 08:23:43 AM
Thanks for the reply. I had thought as much but wanted to be assured before telling the story in case someone challenged the claim.
#4
After Action Reports / Re: New Kensington PA AAR - Ap...
Last post by Yates - Today at 07:55:27 AM
Great Day, Great Group, Great Friends.  Who could ask for more.  And here is to our fearless leader.
#5
I always enjoy Patriot's day shoots! This one is memorable as we got to see SweetCarolyn take the Red Hat! Almost half of the Shooters took Rifleman patches! Congrats to Fenix for stepping up and accepting her orange hat!

"Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it." -John Adams
#6
After Action Reports / Re: Kingsport, TN AAR Ladyseed...
Last post by JustKim - Today at 05:25:33 AM
YAY!  So glad to see another Ladyseed at Kingsport!
#7
After Action Reports / Bothell, WA - AAR - 13-14 Apri...
Last post by Iborche - Today at 04:42:39 AM
Twelve aspiring Riflemen joined us at the Wildlife Committee of Washington range on a beautiful spring weekend to learn History, Heritage, and Marksmanship! We saw many friends return from previous events who had been practicing their skills and 7th stepping which is always a great way to start an event, and even had folks join us from Oregon! On the first hits count target we had four shooters hit Daniel Morgan's shingle and Jenna made it look easy by clearing the target (a feat which she repeated three more times, clearing every single hits count target of the weekend)! No AQTs on Saturday but we learned about the sacrifices made almost to the day 249 years ago that lead to us all gathering together to celebrate the American Rifleman.

After catching up on some instruction Sunday, a total of seven shooters hit the shingle with a cold bore shot, this was over half of the line and another four shooters cleared the target! This sure got the volunteers excited for what we'd see later in the day. Our range host, Martin M., qualified on his very first AQT with a score of 212 (followed up by a 228 soon after). Returning Riflemen Dan R. and Ryan F. were not far behind, Dan also scored 212 on the first AQT and Ryan was consistently our highscore shooter of the weekend putting up a score of 230 on the first target! Later in the afternoon the Shoot Boss was challenged to an AQT and could 'only' manage 230 points, compared to Ryan's best target which scored a 234 - he earned a trip to the swag box for that. Still not quite enough for a Distinguished Rifleman patch but well within reach after a few more rounds of dry practice. Josh looked like a pro behind his rifle despite having very limited experience, and I have no doubt his highscore of 183 will jump a few dozen points by his next event. Dan D. pulled off a personal best of 198 and our undisputed hits count champion Jenna came oh so close, but a Rifleman patch remained elusive with a score of 205. Shawn, your persistence and positive attitude was an inspiration to us all.

To everyone who attended, thank you for spending your time with us on this beautiful weekend. As you go about your week take a moment to remember and honor those who have come before us and think about what you are doing to leave this world a bit better than we found it for our posterity. Hang up those targets for some dry practice (with absolutely no live ammo of any kind in the room with you) or take a friend to the range with a sighter square or two and tell them about what you learned. I look forward to seeing you on the firing line again soon.
#8
After Action Reports / Re: Homestead, FL. Patriots Da...
Last post by Fenix - Today at 12:50:42 AM
Such an excellent weekend, was very touching to hear all of the names being read; it was an honor to be able to spend this weekend with all of you and qualify!! Especially on patriots day weekend, can't wait to begin the orange hat journey! Thank you all for your amazing support and guidance. Another fabulous Appleseed in the books!!
#9
After Action Reports / Homestead, FL. Patriots Day Sh...
Last post by Alarm Lister - Yesterday at 09:44:14 PM
What a GREAT weekend in south Florida and a FANTASTIC Patriots Day shoot!!!!  Weather was perfect and the Homestead Training center was welcoming and supportive as always.
We had 9 shoots with 5 returning Appleseed shooters and 4 NEW Appleseed shooters.
To support the weekend's event we had 9 Instructors, which provide a great Shooter to instructor ratio.

Success was amazing!!  By the end of day, Sunday we had 4 brand new, first time Riflemen and Riflewomen to add to the ranks.
Yvonne scored twice with a 210 and a 213.  CJ hung in there with his AR and punched out a 214.  Kelly persevered and refused to give up and knocked out her last AQT with a 219 refusing to give up.  Finally Derek hit Rifleman with his first AQT with a 210 but continued to improve for a final score of 220!!

For all four shooters, this was their very first Rifleman's patch and all were grinning from ear to ear along with every Instructor!!

All of our Shooters exhibited tremendous improvement throughout the weekend and all were in the range of low 190's up to 205.  All with-in striking distance and ready to come back again.

The Instructors also excelled and gave everything they had.  A Great Big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to SweetCarolyn for successfully completing a flawless execution on her test out for graduation to a full Instructor and receiving her coveted Red Hat.  Our Orange Hats, Shaz, Quartermaster, Anyone But Dallas all made significant progress with several of them earning promotions themselves on the journey to obtaining their Red Hat.  And just to round out the success of the weekend, Fenix stepped up after receiving her Rifleman's patch and took on a bright, shiny new Orange hat.

Thank you again to the Homestead Training Center for hosting our event and to all the shooters that dedicated their weekend to help celebrate this year's Patriot Day's Shoot....... HUZZAH!!!

Be sure and check out all of the great pictures of the event..
https://www.flickr.com/gp/193056249@N06/4852EdW3RU
#10
After Action Reports / Re: Annapolis, MD April 13-14 ...
Last post by DragginWood - Yesterday at 08:02:29 PM
What a great weekend that was. Not o ly was it great to shoot with my three kids, two sons and a daughter, it was awesome to see their progress throughout the weekend. We had an ammo issue with their rifles at the end of the 2nd day, but they stayed the course and finished the weekend strong. Thanks to all the instructors and all the other non G-family members. It's always great to go shooting with family, but creating new friends along the way makes the days better! Excellent work everyone!!!  :snipersmi