Author Topic: Macon, GA 24-25 April 2021 Appleseed AAR  (Read 69 times)

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Macon, GA 24-25 April 2021 Appleseed AAR
« on: May 07, 2021, 05:28:51 PM »
Marion Road Gun Club in Macon, Georgia hosted a two-day Appleseed clinic on 24-25 April 2021.  It rained cats and dogs Saturday morning but five stalwart shooters showed up with eagerness. 

After introduction and a safety brief, students shot their first redcoat to gage their skill level. The instructors found out that we had some very skilled shooters on this firing line, with 4 making the tough shingle shot. We rolled right into instruction, teaching steady hold factors, six steps of the shot and natural point of aim, each lesson put into immediate practice with a drill to follow.

Throughout the day, shooters heard the true story of April 19th, 1775 through the telling of the Three Strikes of The Match. Shooters heard the history of Paul Revere’s ride, Lexington, and learned that we are the inheritors and stewards of liberty and freedom that was paid for in blood. The history was told with heart and grit and well accepted by the students. 

Lessons were given on talking targets, Inches, Minutes and Clicks and firing in rifleman’s cadence. Targets paid the price as shooters learned and applied the fundamentals of shooting in seated and standing positions.

Two Appleseed Qualification Test (AQT) were shot Saturday afternoon. All shooters showed their skill with solid scores. Frank, Mike and Don all requalified with ease. First-time Appleseeders Kevin and Eddie showed that they know how to handle a rifle. At the end of the day, we had one shooter who cleared the redcoat target while 3 others put all 3 shots in the 400 yard target. Nice!

On a beautiful Sunday morning, we reviewed all of Saturday’s instruction. Immediately following, we practiced NPOA drills and dry fired until lunch time and it was glorious. After a couple of AQTs and a discussion on the Philosophy of Liberty, full distance shooting was taught. Students learned how to detect targets, estimate range, apply come-ups and deal with wind at extended range. The lesson was put into practice as we backed up from the 25 meters to 100 yards.

After an initial string of fire, students applied Inches Minutes and Clicks to get their hits on target. With zeros confirmed, we ran a Known Distance Rimfire AQT, with Don making the rifleman’s score at 215. Kyle did it, too, shooting a 232 with an iron sighted bolt rifle. Huzzah!

Thanks to Marion Road Gun Club for being such a faithful and hospitable host. Thank you all, shooters, for your teachable attitudes and enthusiasm. It was an honor and a privilege to work with you all. We hope to see you again.