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After Action Reports / Denver, CO - AAR - Apr 10-11, 2021
« Last post by Captain on Yesterday at 10:02:02 PM »
As we commemorate our second Patriot’s Day under COVID, a sold out event gathered at the Skyline Hunting and Fishing Club in Denver to start the 2021 Appleseed season here in Colorado. Springtime weather here in the Front Range can be unpredictable but we were blessed with an incredible weekend of sunshine and pleasant temperatures (and a little gust of wind) to hear the stories of April 19th 1775 and to celebrate the tradition of American Marksmanship!

I’ll work on posting the pictures I was able to take. You can click on them to see the full size photo and click again to shrink down. I’d also encourage any of the participants to post and thoughts, photos or comments into the thread. Registering for the forum is free and it also provides the ability to be notified when there is a post to the Colorado Appleseed thread, so you’ll be the first to know when new events are planned or posted in Colorado (or nearby in New Mexico/Wyoming).

And for those who were asking, our next event with available slots is a Rimfire Known Distance up in Boulder on May 22, 2021. This is a one day event where we’ll work on mastering our rimfire rifles out past 25 meters. Sign up today! :)

 
Group photo at the end of Day 1


Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.

I will post more pictures as I catch up.
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New York (Josey Wales) / Re: Shoot Boss Needed
« Last post by TOMINCT on Yesterday at 06:53:27 PM »
 Hello sgtmarine, the best thing to do is setup a date and get it posted so SB's will know about it and step up to help out. If it isn't listed, it's not an event.

 If events have been held there in the past then it's easier to get set in motion. Try to have at least 60 days lead time so IT's can check their schedule and sign up.

 If you have any questions send them here and we can walk you thru it.
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New York (Josey Wales) / Shoot Boss Needed
« Last post by sgtmarine on Yesterday at 04:40:07 PM »
Looking for a shoot boss to hold an Appleseed event at the Kalicoontie Rod and Gun Club in Livingston, NY. Have many interested people wanting a shoot at this location. IIT's are avaiable to assist and set up.
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Heritage, History, and Marksmanship

Our training efforts paid off.
It's 4 AM, and I'm just now writing up the narrative of last month’s Project Appleseed event.
I took six of my employees along, having made Rifleman in 2016 twice, I wanted to be their gun caddy, and armorer in case anything failed.

We met the Monmouth Sportsman's club outside of Augusta, where half the team shot the Rifleman’s score on the first day, and were rewarded with Appleseed’s coveted Rifleman patch.

I found it most fitting to do that on that day, for it was my dad’s 90th birthday, the man who first taught me about patriotism, sacrifice, and the love of country. I'm pretty sure he'd be smiling about this up in heaven.

Back to our story - Earning Rifleman is a point of great pride, and no easy thing (the guys had been preparing for months on evenings weekends), for it means that the candidate must shoot from multiple positions, under timed evolutions, on small paper targets, with a strict focus on safety and accuracy.

Even cooler (literally), because there was still snow on the ground, they were rewarded the distinctive blue “Winterseed” endorsement, complete with simulated icicles on the patch. The other half of the team will be coming back tomorrow in a fresh attempt to earn their own Rifleman score.

Day Two - It's A Wrap - Three More Riflemen Today!

Braving 40 degrees temperatures, wind, and the threat of rain (or snow), four of the team returned today to the second and final day of the Project Appleseed event near Augusta, Maine.

I was delighted to see one of our new Riflemen from yesterday proudly displaying his Winterseed Rifleman patch on his rucksack this morning. 👍

By noon, all three of our team had shot the Rifleman's score and earned their Rifleman patch, one earning it a second time in two days.  So a total of six of the seven of the team left as Riflemen over the weekend. Pretty impressive.

Even more impressive, the highest score of the two-day event was earned today, 227 of a possible 250, despite the bitter cold and dampness. Now that's dedication!

I've included a short video showing one of our team, a relatively new shooter, working from a loop sling and the excellent form he displayed on each shot. You'll note how he allows the rifle to rise slightly with recoil after the shot and comes right back down, ready to engage again. He then conducts a very smooth reload. He has mastered what we call "natural point of aim," visible not only from his shooting form but from his tight groups and excellent scores.

Appleseed is not just marksmanship; it's also about American heritage and history. So the lads were privileged to spend part of the day learning the story known as “Three Strikes of The Match,” regarding the people and events leading up to the first shots of the American Revolutionary War, at Lexington Green, on April 19, 1775.  Also known as “The Shot Heard Around The World.”

Told well, it is a most compelling, factual account of how exceptional marksmanship, combined with what some might call Divine Providence, turned the tide for a small group of patriots against the most powerful military power in the world and lead to the formation of the United States.

I'm very proud of this fine group of young men who gave up their weekend and are interested in their nation's history while seeking to refine their Constitutional rights and heritage.

It was my privilege to treat them to a wonderful team dinner after, where they discussed the day's events and couldn't stop smiling. Indeed we are blessed with exceptional people.

- Bruce
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History / Re: The First Riflemen Were a Handful to Command
« Last post by CarrollMS on April 10, 2021, 02:25:16 PM »
The article mentions some Irishmen and foreigners as ring-leaders and the worse of the men.  The large number of Scot-Irish (as well as German) in the western lands, who were forced to occupy western lands, could have led to some contempt for the New England Yankees.
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After Action Reports / Re: Hurlburt Field Fl, AAR, 3-4 April 2021
« Last post by JustKim on April 10, 2021, 02:38:15 AM »
This was a fantastic event!  Congrats to Jimmy for your first rifleman score and patch and also to Adam for re-qualifying!  We had two sets of fathers and sons, which I LOVE to see!  Thank you to the young patriots William and Karson for spending your week-end with us and accepting a patriot patch.  Everyone made great progress as shown by the increasing scores and the redcoat results!  I enjoyed "working" with all the instructors and Gunjunkie did a great job running the show!  I hope to see everyone back soon!
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Washington (janer and GTEngineer) / Redmond WA Apr. 10-11 2021 AAR
« Last post by GTEngineer on April 10, 2021, 01:57:39 AM »
Patriot's Day event at a location that has been sold out for 3+ solid months, plus multiple people I've unfortunately had to put on a waitlist due to restrictions on gathering sizes.

We have a full complement of great RHs, OHs, and BHs! For some of whom it would've been their first event in over a year due to COVID shutdowns.  I am excited to join them!  ^:)^

Place Holder.
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NorthEast Region - CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT / Re: Massachusetts Appleseed
« Last post by ballydehob on April 10, 2021, 01:42:03 AM »
Thank you both. 
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Georgia (Roswell) / Re: Georgia's newest Red Hat
« Last post by Black Knight on April 09, 2021, 09:54:32 PM »
Gator, you are going to look real good in red!!  Thank you for stepping up.
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After Action Reports / Re: March 27th, 2021 Staunton VA Pistol Clinic
« Last post by Messer on April 09, 2021, 07:44:22 PM »
This event is costing my money.

"Bob had a Buckmark, and it had this really cool ring thing...and it was a lot lighter than mine..."

 :(

 **) **) **)

I'd like to say I'm sorry - but I can't stop laughing!   ^:)^

I'm just an enabler - always have been.

Stay Vigilant,
Bob S.
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