Author Topic: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019  (Read 107 times)

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Last weekend, 10 patriot Appleseed Instructors from 3 states, some coming from as much as 6 hours away, converged on the Home Range for a weekend of Known Distance instruction and application.  To top it off, Sunday morning was spent as a mini-IBC, with a strong focus on teaching positions with simplicity and precision.

Day 1 started in the club house, where we discussed Known Distance topics at a deeper level than you would get during a normal 2-day AS event.  From the club house, the team moved to the 25M range, where students quickly verified their 25M zeros and moved on to the KD range.  It was satisfying to watch the students see, many for the first time, confirmation of a 300 yard far zero - delivered with a blissful "ping" as bullets met steel.  The remainder of the morning was spent on data collection, developing holdover data or refining come-up data for each student's rifle.

Adjuring for lunch, the team received their first dose of IBC instruction, focusing on instructing basics and good instructor attributes.

 The remainder of the day was spent on Hits Count AQTs with steel, with students working in shooter/spotter pairs.  That evening, the team converged on one of Ramseur's finest Mexican restaurants for dinner, discussion, and fellowship.

Day 2 brought more singing steel, with students re-verifying zeros and continuing with AQTs.  At the request of several students, paper AQTs were posted in the afternoon.  Using these paper targets brought a different set of data to the students, in that they could see their groupings (versus missing paint splats), as well as give them a sense of what a 1-2MOA grouping at longer ranges actually looks like.

Day 3 came with a shift in gears.  As the range stays cold on Sundays until 1200, we shifted to the mini-IBC, taking the opportunity to break into groups and practice teaching the prone, seated, and standing positions.  Polonius and The Wolfhound were instrumental in making sure that both our seasoned instructors as well as our brand new IITs were getting solid sets & reps in a no-threat, collaborative learning environment.

Shifting back to KD, noontime saw the students on the firing line executing a non-firing ranging exercise.  Using height/width data provided to them, and estimating size in MOA, students calculated the range of objects spread throughout the range (to include a fabled Native American creature known as "Michael").

After another round of zero verification, the students were split between wanting to run steel "hits count" AQTs vs paper "full points" AQTs.

So, in typical New England fashion, we did both.

In between sets of AQTs, the students were afforded the opportunity to present 1 cold bore shot on a silhouette at 500 yards.  Five remaining students.  Five takers.

Five shots on target.

After three AQTs, we topped off the three days of instruction and fellowship with a KD Redcoat - 3 hits on targets at all 4 ranges, and a shingle shot on an 8 inch gong at approximately 260 yards.

At the end of the event, our qualifiers:

Catch-10-22 – 41/50, 46/50
DeadAnt – 41/50, 42/50, 212
Alex (DeadAnt's Handler and chauffer) – 207, 212
Bolt Gun Bill – 41/50 
The Wolfhound - 214
Bad Eye - 208

A hearty HUZZAH to Laertes, a late-comer on Sunday, who earned a Distinguished tab with a 47/50 with irons!

Lastly, I thank Polonius, Rimbo, and Vaportrace for giving me the help I didn't realize I needed executing this event.

As of this writing, I am absolutely exhausted; thus pictures to follow.  Despite running on less than 4 hours of sleep Sunday night after my transit home, I can honestly say that this was the most rewarding Project Appleseed event in which I've ever participated.   

A very humble "Thank You" to those who attended this event and made it as fun as it was.  I hope you got as much out of it as I did, and I look forward to running this event again with you in the near future.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2019, 01:34:57 PM by Monkey »
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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 02:04:11 AM »
Sign me up!!! Hoozah!

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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 09:51:59 AM »
That really sounds like it was a cool event . . . KD/IBC. Fun!

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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 10:18:23 AM »
Wow!  It sounds like everyone had a blast.   :---  I can hardly wait until the next time I go there.
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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 11:53:23 AM »
Wow!  It sounds like everyone had a blast.   :---  I can hardly wait until the next time I go there.

I honestly think it was more fun than the RBC we worked earlier this year.  I'm working on some cool ideas for next time... ;)
"5 minutes for this stage - that's like a week in people years!"

"Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you... If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.”
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"Scoring is a function of great execution, and winning Is the result, but thinking about winning can pull your focus off of proper execution in a competition. Thinking about process is the answer."- Lanny Bassham

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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 08:54:40 AM »
I would concur with Monkey to say this was the most rewarding shooting event experience I have had since my earliest Appleseeds that introduced me to the program, both in terms of putting instruction into practice as well as getting to spend a ton of quality time with fine Americans.

I wrote up a waaaayyy too long AAR with a few pictures for the MDShooters Forum where we advertise AS events: https://www.mdshooters.com/showpost.php?p=5637210&postcount=75

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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 10:45:22 AM »
Dead Ant and Alex had a GREAT time.  I'm looking forward to the next one, as well.  So far I'm 0 for 3 getting to instructor shoots.  :wb:  REALLY looking forward to the next one.

Dead Ant and the Handler are both plotting how to do better next time.  THanks again to all those who put this shoot on., I really appreciate the effort.


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Re: AAR - Instructor KD & mini-IBC, RWVA Range, Ramseur NC August 9-11 2019
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2019, 01:11:51 PM »
Dead Ant and Alex had a GREAT time.  I'm looking forward to the next one, as well.  So far I'm 0 for 3 getting to instructor shoots.  :wb:  REALLY looking forward to the next one.

Dead Ant and the Handler are both plotting how to do better next time.  THanks again to all those who put this shoot on., I really appreciate the effort.

They are fun to watch together - super competitive... ;D

"5 minutes for this stage - that's like a week in people years!"

"Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you... If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.”
― Hyman G. Rickover

"Scoring is a function of great execution, and winning Is the result, but thinking about winning can pull your focus off of proper execution in a competition. Thinking about process is the answer."- Lanny Bassham

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Dead Ant and Alex had a GREAT time.  I'm looking forward to the next one, as well.  So far I'm 0 for 3 getting to instructor shoots.  :wb:  REALLY looking forward to the next one.

Dead Ant and the Handler are both plotting how to do better next time.  THanks again to all those who put this shoot on., I really appreciate the effort.

They are fun to watch together - super competitive... ;D
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