Author Topic: Pre-Appleseed  (Read 1941 times)

Offline ashlock

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« on: November 23, 2008, 04:06:00 PM »
OK signed up for the appleseed this coming weekend, and have not yet sighted in my rifle  :-\ Sooo, gonna trek the 30 miles to Ben Avery the Friday after Thanksgiving (dog-eared "Fred's Guide" in my hand) to make sure I got all my ducks in a row.

Anyone else wanna have a "pre-appleseed"? Shoot me a PM and we can exchange numbers.

Haven't shot a rifle in almost 20 years, so don't expect too much  ;D

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Re: Pre-Appleseed
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 01:26:45 AM »
Hi Ashlock,

No worries on the delay in shooting, I'm sure we'll have some folks on the line who haven't shot one before (since some of them I've convinced to come out).

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.


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Re: Pre-Appleseed
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2008, 06:46:53 AM »

    ashlock, I'm the last person in the world to rain on anyone's personal parade, but "it's not about you" is a mantra around here; "it's about saving your country" is the rest of it.

    That said, see if you can at Ben Avery do a "one-shot zero" - just for fun. Then do a series of "one-shot zeros" - this is from the bench, right? (Bet that's what you're planning, right? That's OK, we'll let you start out - this once! - from the bench, so long as you are learning to fire by the numbers, and then doing IMC...both good lessons to be working on - and as long as you follow up with some prone shooting.)

    Before going to the range, it'll help you (a lot!) if you'll get on the floor every evening in prone, and dry-fire 10 careful shots, each "by the numbers!"

    Then if anyone shows up to shoot wid ya, you'll be able to not only shoot good yourself, but show them a few tips...Get an early start, as it were. ;D
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Re: Pre-Appleseed
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2008, 08:33:00 AM »
Here's a dry-fire target to go along with what Fred said, partner.

Also, check out this useful link

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Re: Pre-Appleseed
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2008, 11:15:22 AM »

Anyone else wanna have a "pre-appleseed"? Shoot me a PM and we can exchange numbers.

Haven't shot a rifle in almost 20 years, so don't expect too much  ;D

Don't worry, just show up and we will get you exactly where you need to be. ;)

But, getting some people to go with you, to the "sight-in" and then to the Appleseed is the best thing you can do. get someone who lives near you, a neighbor, your relatives, anyone in your area who you can call on the phone or yell out your window when you need a hand.

Appleseed at it's core is about having everyone you know and everyone living around you on the same page with working toward paying attention to saving the country. Having a "support group" you can work with on your "Six Step" program. A way to save money, you can all pile in the same car to go to an APpleseed and divide the fuel three ways. You can order ammunition together and divide the shipping three ways etc. etc.

If you bring a friend, you can work ball and dummy with them, you can share lunch together at the event while the instructors are giving "The Story". The "Lone Rifleman" as a concept, only works in pulp fiction stories. The myth of the Colonists fighting as solitary individuals is just that, a myth. You are going to need someone to go with you to hand out fliers, to talk to gunstores and ranges and to plan your own local soft war against your elected officals if they become determined not to listen to their constituients anymore.

So work on getting someone to go with you to help get your own local Appleseed network up and running.  ;) ;D

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Re: Pre-Appleseed
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2008, 08:28:51 PM »
@AzGromit : Thanks, I've given the flyer to a few people but the weekend after Thanksgiving is a hard sell. Don't mean I won't keep tryin.

@Fred : Actually the plan was to fire from prone, but, I've been told that the Ben Avery range for firing from prone has to be reserved and usually is. So. I'll "work with the tools I have" and do my zero from the bench  ;) If I can, I'll try to zero from prone.

@wcmartin : Thanks, I ordered Fred's guide along with targets, but I believe this is the first time I've seem that particular target.

@Scout : I don't wanna be Rambo  8). Cold calling (as they say in sales) has never been a strong suit of mine, but I have handed the flyers to the few people I know in my neighborhood but haven't talked to to them since. Feel kinda silly saying  "come to this thing with me" when they are nodding acquaintances and I only have, I'm sure, an imperfect understanding about what we'll do etc.
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Re: Pre-Appleseed
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 01:16:22 AM »

    That said, see if you can at Ben Avery do a "one-shot zero" - just for fun. Then do a series of "one-shot zeros" - this is from the bench, right?

OOOOO MY GOODNESS!!!!!  I have been off the Trail for so long I am hallucinating!  I am starting out the door right now en route to Scout's for
some SERIOUS re-hab.  I thought I read that Fred said someone could do some type--any type--of zeroing from the "bench".  I'm guessing its just
a one time thing for familiarization and practicing the Six Steps, but then I am hallucinating (isn't spell check a wonderful thing?) so its off to re-hab I go!

Seriously guys, work within the confines of whatever Range Rules there are, then show up at meetings with several other members to talk of changing the Rules and pass out some RedCoats. 

I'm bookmarking this page just in case Fred, devious as he is, ever catches me on a bench.  Not likely for me to be there, but you never know......
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