Wow! We had an excellent time last weekend. Weather was nice. Shooters were teachable. Instructors worked well together. What more could a shoot boss ask for?
Things went smoothly Saturday. We were ahead of schedule in the afternoon so we finished up the day shooting 3 AQTs. Usually I finish up with 1 or 2. When I recorded all of the shooting scores, I noticed that there wasn't much of a change from target to target, so we spent more time doing drills on Sunday. We Sunday with a redcoat target, then we worked on the 6 steps and SHF for prone on 2 sets of squares. All the instructors got in the dirt and groups got much better (see Earl's picture above - great shooting Mikayla!).
Yankee Terrier and Ralph Hardin did great jobs telling the stories of Samuel Whittemore and Hezekiah Wyman. Earl and I told the rest of the history. The shooters left with a deeper appreciation of their American heritage. We also had a few bystanders take in some of the history.
Kevin was the only one who shot a rifleman's score... multiple times. Well done!
Mikayla was knocking. She started Sunday shooting 201 and finished with a 188. Keep dry practicing. You are so close.
Martin, it was a pleasure having you at the shoot. Well done, shooting 198 on Saturday. I'm sure you would have earned the rifleman's patch if you could have made it out Sunday.
Erik H, you shot a 197. You are also knocking on the door of earning your patch. You were very teachable and I could see you trying to apply everything we were saying.
Henry, your high score was 172, a very respectable score. For some reason you seemed to lose focus later in the day on Sunday. (It also didn't help that others were helping you with your target.) Keep working on your steady hold factors and the 6 steps to firing the shot.
Chris and Eli, it was a pleasure seeing you two shoot together. I wasn't sure I had gone to an Appleseed event until Eli ran downrange when it was clear to check his target, then I knew I was in the right place. Thank you for your help loading up at the end of the day Sunday.
Eric, you did much better on Sunday. I appreciate how you tried the loop sling. You were really getting the hang of it. I hope to see you at another event in the future.
Mike, it was a pleasure having you at the shoot. You understand how your sights work and you were improving with each target. Keep on working on the fundamentals with your AR.
Sam and Tristan, you both shot respectable scores on Saturday. We missed you on Sunday and hope you are feeling better.
Thank you, Jefferson County Sportsmen's Association, for hosting us at your range. You have a wonderful facility.
Thank you, Earl, Ralph, fyrediver, and Yankee Terrier, for your help with the shoot. You are an awesome team of instructors.
Thank you, Yankee Terrier, for a wonderful dinner on Saturday and for all of your coordination with the range. We couldn't have done it without you.