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Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:38:16 PM »
Over the course of this past weekend, 7 fine American patriots came out to visit the Upper Susitna Shooters Assn. Range for the second Talkeetna, Alaska Appleseed. 

The weather for this event started each day with a bit of light rain turning to sun in the afternoons. 

Our students each brought the most important thing- a teachable attitude.  Soaking up the instruction like a sponge, our students made remarkable improvement throughout the weekend. 

Saturday started with the ubiquitous Hits Count! target, which served to illustrate to our students what their current skill level was.  Only 2 of 6 shooters qualified at 100 yards.

With their performance on the Hits Count! target serving as a not-so-subtle indication of what they were capable of on their own, our students were now ready to begin their journey towards becoming Riflemen (and Riflewomen!). 

The instruction began in earnest, starting with the Steady Hold Factors of the Prone position, and how to use both the Hasty Sling and Loop Sling to support it.  Almost immediately, groups on paper began to coalesce.  But wait! There's more!

The next topic of instruction was the Six Steps to Firing a Shot - A simple, but effective task list for executing a perfect shot, every time.  Then we covered the sight in process / shoot group analysis topics of Talking Targets and Inches-Minutes-Clicks or IMC.   Then we added to the six steps instruction an introduction to Natural Point of Aim, or NPOA.  While our students were still getting used to the aches and pains associated with stretching out into a proper prone position, we then told them they were supposed to RELAX.  The looks of incredulity gave way to beaming smiles when they saw the improvement in their group size.

As the hours passed by, the instruction never stopped;  group instruction on Riflemans Cadence, Seated and Standing positions, transitions (or as I prefer to call it, Rifleman's Calisthenics) one-on-one instruction on proper trigger squeeze, breath control, creating a stable position, and a host of other topics finally culminated in the Appleseed Qualification Test, or AQT. 

The AQT is our student's final exam- putting their marksmanship ability up against reduced-sized silhouettes ranging from a lone one-hundred yard silhouette to FOUR (4) 400 yard silhouettes, scoring Expert on the AQT is no easy feat- it requires not only mastery of the physical skills we teach, but it also requires the mental fortitude to get into a bubble, and leave the 'time monkey' in the dust. 

The end of day brought a re-qualifying score from returning Rifleman Doug M.  And AND -- all 6 of our shooters qualifed at some distance on the Red Coat with 2 clearing it!

Sunday brought an additional shooter to make 7 on the line. We reviewed the course of Instruction and shot an AQT before lunch.  In the afternoon we mixed the AQT grind of 5 additional with NPOA drills & star shoot.

The end of the day had every shooter qualifying at some distance on the Red Coat with 1 clearing it and 3 making the Shingle shoot!  The Instruction works, hmmmm  ;D

In addition to Doug's requal:
Eric shot 225, 231 & 218 on AQT's to reveal a Rifleman
Mikaela shot 218 & 218 on AQT's to reveal a Riflewoman who knows very well what she is about!
Jim B. knocked on the door with multiple scores over 200
Kat made steady progress
Connor (our newest Blue Hat at 9 y.o.) made remarkable progress and shot wonderfully small groups all day
Jim M. had 'walked on' on Sunday and thought the sling was cool and shot very well.

 A Star Target Team shoot brought a near tie.

Final Red Coat showed: ALL 7 Shooters qualified, 3 shingle shots and 1 cleared Red Coat.
That's what a teachable attitude and persistent effort can accomplish.

More importantly, I believe all came away with a much enhanced appreciation for the our shared Heritage of Liberty and the importance of passing it own 'entire to future generations.'

Please post your pictures, comments and stories below.

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« Last Edit: August 19, 2014, 02:16:48 PM by fisherdawg »
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. (James Madison)

"Young man, what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to. They didn't mean we should."
(Captain Levi Preston, of the Danvers militia, at age 91, remembering the day)

That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations.  Suffolk Resolves, September 9, 1774, attributed to Dr. Joseph Warren

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2014, 01:56:40 AM »
Our shooters this weekend:
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

"Just relax in the sling; we're going to make fun of you." -Pete!

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2014, 02:19:19 AM »
Alaska's new  Blue Hat, Connor. Look for his forum handle in years to come.
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

"Just relax in the sling; we're going to make fun of you." -Pete!

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2014, 02:28:59 AM »
Instructor highlights, Day 1:
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2014, 02:31:32 AM »
God bless America, half of these are posting upside down. I'll get more up tomorrow when I am working from a PC instead of an iPad.
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

"Just relax in the sling; we're going to make fun of you." -Pete!

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2014, 02:35:47 AM »
Photos of Talkeetna
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. (James Madison)

"Young man, what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to. They didn't mean we should."
(Captain Levi Preston, of the Danvers militia, at age 91, remembering the day)

That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations.  Suffolk Resolves, September 9, 1774, attributed to Dr. Joseph Warren

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 02:37:21 AM »
From now on Hogfamily & Medicus take all the photos.  Nice work.
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If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. (James Madison)

"Young man, what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: we always had governed ourselves and we always meant to. They didn't mean we should."
(Captain Levi Preston, of the Danvers militia, at age 91, remembering the day)

That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations.  Suffolk Resolves, September 9, 1774, attributed to Dr. Joseph Warren

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 01:20:28 PM »
OK, more pics, right-side-up this time, of our new Blue Hat, ScutMonkey:
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 01:22:44 PM »
Day 1 Instruction Highlights:
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2014, 01:24:34 PM »
Instructor trigger time on the KD side!
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2014, 01:30:23 PM »
Day 2 Instruction highlights:
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

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Re: Talkeetna, Alaska 16 -17 August 2014 AAR
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2014, 01:32:12 PM »
That'll do for now. I have more but getting them from my phone to the computer and then the computer to the internet through this coffee-stirrer wireless connection is proving aggravating during a workday. A kickstarter campaign for a new computer and internet, maybe?
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"Just relax in the sling; we're going to make fun of you." -Pete!

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