Author Topic: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.  (Read 2178 times)

Offline Twiggman

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Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« on: November 12, 2008, 09:24:55 PM »
The folks over at Northeastshooters.com are asking for an Appleseed this winter. I have clearance from the president of Woodsman Rifle & Pistol. My wife has stepped up offering hot beef stew for lunch.

I have a burn barrel for a fire to keep us warm., I can keep the heat in the clubhouse on so we can get inside to warm up if we need to.

I'll set up the range and firing line, obviously I'm also working this as an IIT.

Do I need to get the same forms filled out again or are they considered to be "on file" ?
Can I get a registration link set up ?
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 10:03:51 PM »
Go for it :D :D :D

You have to do the whole thing as to getting on the schedual.  PM Savage if you need any help.  Sounds like a great time and winter isn't all that bad for shoots.  Really nothing else to do anyway, is there?

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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008, 01:05:56 AM »
First post for me!  Yeehaw!

/MORON mode OFF

Thanks for making this happen.  I've got it on the calendar...a bit of a haul from the Cape (for attendance as a commuter), but I'll make it work.  I'm a newbie at my club there (Bass River Rod & Gun Club), but I'll try to figure out what the protocol is for promoting something like this.

A question: what is the length of the range to be used?  A second, related question: will it be .22 rimfire only, or are larger centerfire calibers permitted?

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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008, 02:10:45 AM »
If the range is just 25 meters keep at .22 only.

If they also have actual distance have them bring both.

Figure 4 feet per shooter on the line. 3 foot will work in a pinch.

Crak is the state coordinator for MA. PM him and he'll be able to give you more direct help.

OH WHEA! Welcome to the forum and thank you for stepping up. ;D

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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2009, 05:05:34 PM »
First post for me!  Yeehaw!

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A question: what is the length of the range to be used?  A second, related question: will it be .22 rimfire only, or are larger centerfire calibers permitted?

- nrtz

Feel free to bring centerfire rifles, expect a round count of 300-400 per day.

Oh, that's a low estimate as we usually do a few hundered more per day in warm weather.

I apoligise for my delayed response as I've been in the middle of moving.
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2009, 04:04:35 AM »
It's coming!  Ordered a few upgrades to my cold weather gear today to get ready. 

Obviously, you'll want to wear several layers of clothing (base thermal layer, 1-2 removable lining layers, outer waterproof layer), but I want to mention a few not-so-obvious points that will ruin your day if you don't follow them.

1) No cotton!!!! It gets and stays wet and cold, making sure you stay wet and cold.  Wool/polypro/synthetics/goretex are the way to go including (especially) socks and shirt.  Most of your heat escapes through your head, so bring a hat but make sure your ear protection is compatible with it, or get some plugs.

2) Hands are important.  I suggest a mitten outside with a glove liner inside.  You might want to cut a slit in the glove for your trigger finger, or cut several fingers off, or you might not, but you'll have all weekend to find out.  I suggest several extra glove liners.  Once one pair gets wet, or some snow gets inside your outer mittens, if you don't have a dry replacements things go downhill fast.  I'd also suggest extra socks in case your boots/pants fail to keep the snow out. 

3) We won't be using the concrete covered area to shoot from.  We'll be out in front of it.  Unless all of Al Gore's dreams come true, it will still be snow and you will be prone in it for most of the weekend.  Bring a nice thick mat to separate yourself from it.

4) Wipe off all excess lube from you rifle.  It changes properties in the cold and will gum up the works.  Your rifle should be practically dry.  Keep your barrel out of the snow.  A blockage will ruin everybody's day.  Once the rifles are out in the cold, they will be staying there even though we will be going inside periodically to discuss the material.  Otherwise, we invite condensation and bad things follow.

If you're coming out in the mornings to start your car lately thinking "What the Heck was I thinking signing up to be out in this all weekend?" I'd be just as happy to have you on April 19th at Harvard as I would next week.  Just do us the favor of telling us ahead of time that you'd like to switch cause that won't fly nearly as well on Saturday morning.   ;D
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2009, 09:29:12 PM »
Weather.com says that it will be ABOVE FREEZING this weekend. Be prepared to deal with icemelt.

BTW... Eastern Mountain Sports is having a sale on winter gear; up to 40% off. Last chance to get more gear! (I just got some more thermal underwear, myself... it may be above freezing, but it'll still be cold.)
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009, 08:29:21 PM »
saturday 17 F by about 9pm, but won't break 30 F until noon.

possible AM showers on sunday, but 35 F and above all day.

i'm bringing extra snacks, extra water, extra tylenol.
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009, 11:40:32 PM »
Range is all set, lunch is all set.

Bring a sled for the gear.
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2009, 08:21:16 AM »
Over a foot of heavily crusted snow on the range makes it tough to walk... but damn, what a great crew of shooters we have!!

Some pix from yesterday. I'll edit this with comments later; I need to shower and hit the road for Athol again.

NINE degrees when we arrived. BRRR!!!










I don't want to hear anyone bragging about shooting in a hurricane any more. I dare you to try and get a good solid shooting position when you're sliding on SNOW - DRY, SLIPPERY SNOW. Mixed with ice chunks two inches thick. But our guys DID it.




















Snapshot getting his Rifleman badge from a very bedraggled looking Dwarven1. Snapshot missed getting a dunking by ONE point, shooting Rifleman with a 211! (Those Cossack hats that Crak brought are WARM... and I was sweating a lot. Not good in freezing temps.)



There's room on the line for tomorrow... be there at 9:00 if you want to join the fun.
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2009, 09:20:46 PM »
I'm soooooo tired. ...and happy.  :)

The round count was just as high or higher than some of the summer Appleseed's I've attended.

More in the AAR. You'll be amazed, you'll be impressed, you'll think we're  ++), but the system WORKS.
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2009, 09:42:30 PM »
You all make me proud. great bunch out there. Dedication an persistence O0

Btw you would be a lot warmer if you got rid of that trash can and built a proper U.M.W.A. style "strike fire".
I like the 900x20 radials myself ;D

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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2009, 01:22:31 PM »
You all make me proud. great bunch out there. Dedication an persistence O0

Btw you would be a lot warmer if you got rid of that trash can and built a proper U.M.W.A. style "strike fire".
I like the 900x20 radials myself ;D

Sam
Oh, ick... my coat still reeks of woodsmoke. I don't mind that, but burning rubber? I'd have to stand upwind of myself.

But thanks for the kind words. Personally, I think that we had 22 nuts out there - 18 behind the rifles and four of 'em calling the line. Must be something in the water.  #)
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Re: Two day Appleseed in Athol, Ma. Feb 7th & 8th.
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2009, 03:05:46 PM »
Haha, I thought I was going crazy smelling the burning rubber.  What was that?
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