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AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« on: November 25, 2010, 11:37:36 AM »
Well I finally get 10 minutes.  Wow what a busy week.  Seriously, I just unpacked the truck last night and I just put it all into the garage.  Now I have a mess to clean up and organize for 2011.

What a way to wind up the 2010.

Mother Nature showed up and was in agreement.  Or maybe our founding fathers had a little talk with her.  For a December shoot....  The weather was PERFECT.  I actually showed off the Winterseed patch and let the shooters know.  "If the temp is 32 or below in the AM we will shoot an AQT for the Winterseed patch."  Well  Mother nature didn't want any part of that. As I pulled into the range the truck told me the temp was already 41.  So we had to run with something else.

We had two rifleman and many knocking on the door.  Congrats to Rudy and Chris.  To the rest of you...  DRY fire, DRY fire, Dry fire.

I also want to welcome Justin to the Illinois Instructor team.  Early on Sunday I asked him if he would be interested in taking a hat.  He said he was but wanted to confirm his Rifleman score.  On the very first AQT he did it with room to spare.  So I asked him if I should take it out of the oven or let the hat cook.  He said, "Let it cook."  I decided I should leave him alone.  After the very next AQT, Justin walked up and showed me an AQT in the 220s and told me, "Is that the oven timer I just heard?   You might want to go take that out now."  Justin welcome aboard.

This will go down as one of my favorite shoots for 2010.

What a great shoot.  I know I'm leaving a bunch of stuff out, but I'm sure instructors and shoots will fill in in for me.

Thanks to all the instructors that made this shoot easy for me and all the shooters that came out and toughed out the cold(ish) weather.

Respectfully, G.B.

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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 02:18:23 AM »
GB,
Sounds like another outstanding shoot at Bonfield.  O0   The ISRA folks run a first class place.  Good people too.  Heard you had quite the good time with some centerfires on the line under the steel roof.   **)  With ammo prices starting to come down a bit, maybe we will see more and more of these being pulled out of the safe and folks actually shooting them!!

Wish I coulda been there......but Bambi was calling.  Shoulda been there as I saw nothin'  >:(

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AAR: Bonfield, IL Great Shoot
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 12:05:05 PM »
Oh man oh man it is so nice to luxuriate, getting caught up on so much lost sleep of late.
Feel like pac man having devoured a feast of pac man pellets or should I say a sumptious
Thanksgiving turkey dinner with our family. I feel so much more enegized. ..:..
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Having this time to ruminate about our last Illinois shoot of the year I am mindful of so much
to be thankful for. 2010 has been a hard charging Appleseed year for both Patrioit Gal and I
and Bonfield reprsented a high note on the shooting line to end the year.

Got to bed Friday night about 1:30 Am. Got up at 4:00AM showered, packed the van
and our gear and drove two hours to get to the Bonfield range on time. Well almost ,
we were five minutes late to help set the range and all the paraphenelia up. Tired we were.
No sooner than we had got out of our cars and greeted Gopher Boy, he discovered he had
driven over a piece of plastic pipe buried vertically in the  ground and punctured his left 'new'
front steer tire of his SUV. Oh my :'( :'( :'( But his did not distract the 'G' Man. Forward we
rushed to get the event staged without missing a beat. Focus, focus. Or is that focus pocus? ::)

We had some 16 or 18 shooters? Seven of whom were LEOs, some who brought their family
members. The statistical average of only five out of one hundred soldiers actually achieve
marksmanship status as riflemen seems to ring true as we got one LEO (Rudy) who earned
the coveted riflemans badge. Several other officers were on the cusp of shooting expert.
If only we could get them back a second time. What a great bunch of guys.
They were a hoot and they all had a great time.

Some had more teachable attitudes than others (we known why) and some were hungry to
succeed on the range, eager for our help. Others felt restricted to their own previous learning
but they certainly saw the results of Rudy who shot rifleman not one time but repeated two more
times with even higher scores. My comments to them were that which we teach can be taken
to add to their tool box of skills as it will make them better, especially for distance and accuracy.

When Gopher Boy had everyone sit down into a seated position there were some groans from
a few but he surprised them to learn that they were now in a new shooting position which was
already familiar to them. Simply sitting crossed legged. Rudy mumbled......"this is not happening man"
as he groaned while attempting to get comfortable. Someone joked in the background about eating
too many donuts. We all chuckled. "If I can do this Rudy, so can you" I whispered, while smiling at him.
Later that day Rudy rushed up to me and said, "man, you know sitting is my best shooting position!."
When we get done with you Rudy they will all be your best shooting position, I remarked, delighted
that we were making a difference. Later one, while laying in prone position with him I wispered....
"Rudy, you are dragging wood."  "WHAT?" Rudy said as he turned his head sideways to look at me,
"What does that mean?" "This I said as I inserted my finger down between his trigger finger and rifle
reciever, opening the much desired gap to produce the much talked about "C-shaped" finger.
I continued to work with this trigger control and he got it!!! He just got better and better and better
as we continued to work with the other shooters on line. They were a great bunch of guys and they
endevored to persist. When Rudy earned his Rifleman's patch he had asked also for a purple patch
as he knew the significance of that patch. He also asked for a tan patch. I asked what's going on?"
He said, I am putting this on my uniform he said." He was so proud of what the patch stands for.

Down on the other side of the line was another young officer "David" who brought his father "Gus"
who struggled but persisted with a small 10/22 that was not appropriate for his aged eye sight.
Pappy was Johnny on the spot working and consoling Gus over his frustrations which led us to implement
Pappy's suggestion of giving him a loaner rifle with scope. Patriot Gal was eager to do so as this was something
we had talked about Satuday night and she presented Gus with her beautiful 10/22 with a Vortex scope.
Gus enjoyed Sunday's round of shooting very much. He persisted like an American with dogged determination
while shooting besides his son David who ran an AR platform. David was another who had a splendid teachable
attitude and is on the very cusp of shooting rifleman.

M1D brought his wife , first time shooter, for one day. It was a pleasure to have met her. I hope she comes again
and found the one day experience rewarding. It is nice that IIT's bring family members to include them in what
we do and share what we are all about in Appleseed. It would sure be nice for her to shoot rifleman, as a full two day
event would prosper her greatly, I have no doubt.

Congratulations to Chris for shooting Rifleman. You were fun to work with and you were such a quick learner.
You soaked up everything we had to teach like a sponge. Great job!! I sure hope we get to see you again
at another shoot real soon.

Grumpy/Sleepy a young eleven year old boy, novice first time shooting a rifle (a 10/22)
and young Noble a young ten year old
boy, never having fired a rifle before having brought a tube fed rifle, were another highlight of the weekend.
Let me tell you that the continence of these two boys changed dramatically as every instructor made their mark
on them as they were coached through a learning curve that was brand new to them. A learning curve that
was experienced in the context of this being an adult experience. Pappy's vast boy scout experience with
working with kids really showed and these boys responded. Come Sunday, Noble was graciously loaned a 10/22
by Clark another great shooter. This made all the difference in th world for Noble as his skill set developed
remarkably as he got better and better. Grumpy/Sleepy was a real gamer with the adults as he showed
great focus and concentration. There was a different look and an air of confidence that exuded from these
two young boys who were about to get the surprise of their lives.                        
Rudy the LEO stood towering over young Grumpy/Sleepy and smiling down at him said..."would you like to
shoot my rifle?"  The young boy looked up into the face of his 6'3" frame, eyes as big as saucers and said
in disbelief and wonderous excitement...."really?"  "Absolutley" said Rudy, smiling down at him as he handed
boy wonder a loaded magazine for his work rifle. This was a Kodak moment! It really was. As I looked over to my
right I saw Noble with an AR15 in his hands as he was getting into prone. WOW I thought this is so cool.
Following the cease fire command the two boys got up, having made their rifles safe and stood before us
presenting glowing faces I will never forget. " I want to be a marksman said Grumpy/Sleepy, "I want to be a marksman'
I want to be a marksman soooooo bad!!!"
  The two boys were so excited. Noble was near speachless.
Do you remember the history I asked?  Oh yes, said Grumpy/Sleepy. We are just starting the revolutionary war
in my history class next week he said. Be nice to your teacher I said.. you may know more than she does,
as we all laughed. Gopher Boy did a splendid job before the LEOs and for sure Gopher Boys transparency got through
with integrity, truthfulness and passion. What we teach, I witnessed was recieved in the hearts  of one and all.
We are not teachers of history as the Guy said.....we are preachers of history. The alter call was well received.
Several officers took memberships in the RWVA.

Someone once said....."we learn more by example than we learn by precept!"   This is so true in life. A police officer
who could have made poster cover of the year for what he did. The lives of two boys changed from such a wonderful
Appleseed weekend.

The LEOs stayed behind after, as did many shooters who helped clean up the range and visit before they left.
I believe this will not be the last we see of these LEOs as they enjoyed themselves very much.
I took opportunity to call the Manhatten Police department a few days ago and expressed to their chief of police
what a tremendous, fine group of men that he has working for him and what a pleasure it was for us to have
been able to work with them. "Oh yes he said... everyone there has been talking about their weekend".
I said, we would welcome them to come on  board as instructors with if they could. The chief said several
had been speaking about doing so and are looking forward to coming out to Waterman in the new year.
I also mentioned their joy and high fives having shot the TV out of the couch and the incredible amount of
fire power that was sent down range for some two minutes, incuding the smoking barrels that could have ignited
their shooting matts. They had so much fun. "Oh yes, he said, I heard all about that too ::) smiling on the end of the phone.

Patriot Gal and I visited with four Bradly Police officers Sunday morning as we were leaving the hotel and siezed opportunity to tell them what we were doing. Evidently our shooting jackets caught their attention as we walked by as they looked
respectfully, saying good morning to us. It turned out they know Patriot Gal's brother (former Sheriff) and the next thing we know we are convincing them to come out to an Appleseed event, having made mention of the Jolliet and Manhatten officers
that were on our line this weekend. I chased Gopher Boy out to his SUV to grab some brochures and promptly returned to
hand them out as Patriot Gal stayed with them talking. The brochures were well recieved and the idea of putting together
a shoot for them is an idea that may very well gain traction for us in the near future. They seemed very impressed and warm to the idea that is for sure.

Great weekend, great people, great crew of instructors and great learning with an All Star Cast:

GOPHER BOY** PAPPY** G69** PATRIOT GAL** CASTLE MOUNTAIN** WESS***M1D    

APPLESEED ROCKS!! :--- :--- :---     ..:.. ..:.. ..:.. ..:..  What a great way to end the year. Such a fine shoot!

Comeon Patriot Gal get those pictures up eh?

CASTLE MOUNTAIN


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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 12:33:05 PM »
December?? #) Gopher Boy this year is going too fast as it is, don't short me a month!!  &)  **)

Excellent Report CM, you really captured the shoot O0 I can't wait to see the pictures ^:)^
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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 12:58:18 PM »
Hello Group; The Illinois State Rifle Range outside of Bonfield is one of the best locations we have here in Illinois.
We had great weather both days. A good showing from Team Illinois instructor corps.. There were two groups of L.E.O. from suburban towns who will take our mesage back to there brother and sister officers, who will help to fill our lines in the future... Congrats to our two new Riflemen, Well Done!!! the rest of you can (COOK) and dry fire till next time... See you on the range, Pappy


 Oh!!! and its Reloading season now, So get your Brass together and make the most of your time RELOADING.  JP
Which has greater value?...... Ammo will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no ammo...

DO THE RIGHT THING EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TO _ JACK!!!!!

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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 01:03:06 PM »
Thanks G69 it still plays like a movie in my head. We left out the part of the rush to Bonfield
as we ate our peanut butter, toast and coffee as we were driving up. Glad to dissappoint
but we nearly could have brought that elusive buck for EEL that nearly ran into our van
as we rushed up the highway in the dark. Fortunately we just put new Michelins on the van
last week and I was able to do the kind of zig zag manuver to avoid the collision with the animal
running into us. As it was I saw a shaddow of a  herd running acrosss the highway in the left side
door mirror. Wheewww! We missed them.  ::) ::)

December?? #) Gopher Boy this year is going too fast as it is, don't short me a month!!  &)  **)

Excellent Report CM, you really captured the shoot O0 I can't wait to see the pictures ^:)^

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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 04:35:45 PM »
After her initial frustration shooting right handed, Pam enjoyed herself after switching to her left hand.  (She was born left handed, but raised right handed, and is left eye dominant.)  Even though she couldn't see the 400 yd target, she knew where it was and put two out of three in it just by guess.  She says next time she will use a scope (which means she will be back.)  Thanks to you all.
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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010, 04:52:44 PM »
That is good news M1D we are glad she enjoyed herself. We could see the frustration but
she persevered through the eye dominance issue. Pam will be rewarding herself next shoot
for sure. If you are shopping for a scope let me know because we get great special deals from Vortex
as they most Appleseed friendly. Just get a hold of Deacon and he will  help put you in touch
with them directly or let me know.
We got our niece (who shot Rifleman at Waterman) outfitted with a gorgeous scope from them
with life time guarantee: http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-diamondback-4-12x40-ao-dead-hold-bdc-reticle

We were so impressed with them that we have purchased four of them on other rifles since we started.
They are releasing a new CQB scope at the shot show that we really want to get (great alternative to the more
expensive Acog and Aim Point) for AR 15's. Check them out at:
http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-viper-pst-2-5-10x44-riflescope-with-ebr-1-moa-reticle

Deacon, Patriot Gal and I are eager to get our hands on them. If  you are intested for center fire check them out.

It was good to have you both there brother. O0

Cheers,

CM

After her initial frustration shooting right handed, Pam enjoyed herself after switching to her left hand.  (She was born left handed, but raised right handed, and is left eye dominant.)  Even though she couldn't see the 400 yd target, she knew where it was and put two out of three in it just by guess.  She says next time she will use a scope (which means she will be back.)  Thanks to you all.
M1D
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Re: AAR: Bonfield, IL 11/20-21/2010
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2010, 07:31:11 AM »
After her initial frustration shooting right handed, Pam enjoyed herself after switching to her left hand.  (She was born left handed, but raised right handed, and is left eye dominant.)  Even though she couldn't see the 400 yd target, she knew where it was and put two out of three in it just by guess.  She says next time she will use a scope (which means she will be back.)  Thanks to you all.
M1D

That's great to hear M1D O0 O0
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"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." - General George S. Patton Jr

"One can covet success or one can covet being Right, but if he covets both, he will achieve neither" - Stimey


Do not fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have war......Let it start here.

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is HOPELESS.
-Chester W. Nimitz