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Offline Puttup

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Practical Application
« on: February 21, 2022, 12:31:36 PM »
I've been to numerous Appleseed events; some One day, but mostly Two day courses. Usually late on Day 2, the instructors talk about taking what we've learned and applying it to longer distances, and even to hunting.

Needless to say, these past several years have been challenging on all fronts for the shooting sports. Recently, I had the opportunity to make lemonade from the current set of lemons.

My wife loves her hibiscus hedge, but so do those pesky iguanas. For my birthday, the family gave me a PCP air rifle. My wife gave me a mission: free the hedgerows from those pesky invaders.
I love the smell of mangoes πŸ₯­ in the morning; it smells like victory.

Utilizing the lessons learned at Appleseed, I mounted a scope, set up a small range and sighted it in.  Inches, Minutes, and Clicks works every time. Once that 25 yard zero was complete, I measured the area and determined the longest shot would be about 45 yards. Time to apply those Day 2 lessons about trajectory, windage, and sight offsets.

I could go, on but don't want to end up in the weeds πŸ˜‰. The shots are mostly taken Standing or Seated.  I've cleared the Standing AQT (50), but the transition to seated/prone are my weakest. Looks like I'll be getting a boatload of work on those as summer approaches.

Well, the proof is in the pudding. After several weeks of iguana eradication (yes, it's legal and encouraged where I live) we now have a wall of pink and red hibiscus 🌺.  It's the first time in years that we've been blessed with that sight.

Now, not only do I get quality trigger time focusing on NPOA & the Six steps, whenever I want; my wife actually encourages me to do it more often. Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah!

Thank you to all the instructors & volunteers who have kept Appleseed alive and growing. The message is clear; and lessons have been learned.

May God bless you, and The United States of America πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

« Last Edit: February 21, 2022, 12:50:44 PM by Puttup »
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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2022, 02:05:07 PM »
Outstanding! It is always great to hear when we are able to apply our skills.

Now you know we do have at least two KD events coming up in Florida this year.   We will be seeing you at one of them, right?   I know you can make that same shot with a Center fire rifle but it always fun to show others.   :)


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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2022, 03:33:05 PM »
Iguana hunting in my backyard led me to attend my first Applseed back in 2019.  I needed to be sure I was able to make one shot kills to not violate animal cruelty laws because I had a few neighbors who liked the iguanas (they have since changed their minds about the iguanas).    I also wanted to make sure I wouldn't be sending pellets randomly around the neighborhood.

I came home with a whole lot more.

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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2022, 05:08:40 PM »
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ACCEPT YOUR WOBBLE!

It's not about perfection -- it's about progress!!

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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2022, 02:21:28 PM »
I've heard iguanas taste a lot like chicken, or spotted owls.  ;D
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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2022, 05:19:42 PM »
"Chicken of the Trees" is what they are sometimes called in Florida!
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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2022, 10:02:05 PM »
Puttup,

Congratulations! So, what PCP did you get?  Hand pump or compressor?  Will there be a neighborhood bar-be-que to celebrate?
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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2022, 03:04:36 PM »
Consolidated responses below:

ScubaSteve; Challenge accepted.  You were kind enough to let me shoot the Steel AQT last time,  A Rifleman preserves: just when I thought my cup was full, you provided a bigger cup. Teachable attitude in place. Not the rest can follow.

Not Sure: know your target and what's beyond it, is the largest determining factor in pulling the trigger.

Rambling' Wreck & Guntuckian: Spotted owl πŸ¦‰ way better πŸ˜‰.  Never tried to eat them before, but see next responses.

Charles McKinley: Gamo Urban 22, hand pump, JBS Diabolo Exact Jumbo pellets. Let's break bread at the KD, BBQ Iguana on me 😎

Thanks for all the comments.
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Re: Practical Application
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2022, 10:08:16 PM »
I have found the refurbished Daisy 853s sold by the CMP to be very effective in keeping the iguanas under control. I added a scope to extend my range and a TKO22 moderator to be discrete.  It's meant for entry level 10m matches, but I've taken iguanas out to 50 yards with it (lots of holdover).

This of course led to acquiring bigger and better toys such as a Benjamin Marauder in .22 and an Air Arms EV2.  Both are overkill as far as the $$ involved to get rid of big lizards, but they fun to have.