Ah, twenty-one dollars in Bridge tolls on two Appleseed weekends, don't you love being a volunteer instructor? Why YES! So glad you asked. My pay has always been in safe shooting, happy shooters with steady improvement that they can see. Smiles are golden.
What would make be happier? I would like all the shooters I worked with to add their comments and experiences to the internet, here on the forum, this After Action Report, or just an email to good friends and get with the dry practice to prepare for their next Appleseed. Yes, that would. Earl does want too much, but it is for the Posterity, our posterity.
I have to report that the weather forecast was seriously bad, high gusting winds, rain, winds, more rain and have we mentioned the wind? Still, all the RWVA instructors and serious shooters arrived and got organized. The target line blew down just after we opened the range, the Revolutionary banner stand tried to fly and tripped on to the ground badly. Only challenges, the riflemen will persevere. It must be the first day of Fall in the Great Northwest, rain keeps raining on our heads... actually the rain only made little puddles to do prone. The trigger finger was fine out of the water. The wind kept ripping target corners up and completely off.
We covered all the points of marksmanship from day one, demonstrated them, and verified the sight setting. Ball and dummy and Carding the sights were taught and practiced. AQTs up and flapping in the wind, concrete blocks held mats and target stands down, a bit.
Lunch time arrived and time for Dangerous Old Men tales and some mention of seventh stepping. Always trying to outwait the wind.
In the afternoon, Earl finally became Line Boss and started calling AQTs, and sure enough the wind calmed, the rain lightened up, and the SUN broke through periodically. Not enough for Earl to take off his Shooting Jacket but he thought about it. It wasn't really Earl's fault but my reputation will accept embellishments.
Finally, a Rifleman score, from our local range host/coordinator. Great job! And since he was on his third Appleseed, and was really Seveth Stepping to promote Appleseed and our mission, RL hooked him up with IIT0, the cap looks great on him. He had worked to get our four youngest shooters to the two days, and their parents had been visiting, viewing and speaking well of what we were doing. It did help the young patriots were fine students.
Final Red Coat was a marked improvement from the morning one. Looking forward to seeing the return of many of these shooters to Appleseeds this year.
Thank you all for walking on the trail, and leaving us with great memories and expectations.