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Texas Has a Brand New Red Hat!!!

Started by AF5US, August 02, 2022, 12:33:04 PM

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I announce the recent promotion of our very own MRAKESTRAW to full instructor!

:F  :F  :F Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!  :F  :F  :F
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MRAKESTRAW delivered the points of instruction with excellence and confidence.  He is a strong proponent of that thing that we call "liberty" and hold so dear.  He's also very much into the pistol scene, and with a pistol IBC coming up in two weeks the timing is excellent.  Glad to have you with us!

Unfortunately the lighting for the hat transfer is terrible.  If anyone else has a better picture please share.

Oh, right.  One other thing - we decided to go ahead and allow everyone on the firing line to retire that orange hat with prejudice.  A 13 round volley of prejudice, to be precise.   :snipersmi
Rifleman:                          04/2016
Known Distance Rifleman:  10/2018
Pistoleer™:                          08/2019
Distinguished Rifleman:      07/2020
Morgan's Shingle:              12/2021
Standing Morgan's Shingle: 11/2022
Member: GOA (Gun Owners of America)
Member: FPC (Firearms Policy Coalition)
Life Member: NRA (National Rifle Association)


Huzzah! Great work Matt, and well-deserved.

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-Thomas Jefferson

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MATT!!!  *Sniff* I'm so proud  :1luvu. Seems only last year you were a first time student, sweating in the dust of Albuquerque.

Oh wait. It WAS only last year  ;D. Well done, brother  :beer:
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." - Margaret Thatcher

You can have peace, or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once. - Robert A. Heinlein

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The right to freedom is the gift of God Almighty....The rights of the Colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading, and carefully studying the institutes of the great Lawgiver and head of the Christian Church: which are to be found clearly written and promuligated in the New Testament.
― Samuel Adams

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In giving us dominion over the animal kingdom, God has signified His will that we subdue the beast within ourselves.
John Lancaster Spalding

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, 1775

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"[T]o preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…"
- Richard Henry Lee, Declaration Signer

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Congrats Matt! Way to get the toughest hat in Appleseed.
There's things that gnaw on a man worse than dyin'. - Open Range

Eagle Keeper

I have come here to chew gum and teach riflemen the art of shooting one hole groups and I'm all out of bubblegum.
You can't shoot perfect if you don't know what perfect looks like.


Well done sir!

And a little magic to that photo:


Rifleman   06/20
Rifle KD     12/20
Pistoleer™    07/21
Rimfire KD 01/22
Morgans Shingle 05/22


Congrats... Especially like the peppering on the Orange Hat. That's a keeper!
I don't always shoot AQT's, but when I do, I prefer iron sights.


YeeHaa! Congrats. That shows lots of effort and dedication. We don't just give those hats away.
An Armed Society is a polite society. Heinlein.

GenX Minuteman

Hey Matt, Congratulations Sir!!!  Great to see how you powered through the process in short order!!!  We are certainly happy to include you in our ragged ranks!

Chad Stovell - GenX Minuteman



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

I LOVE this stuff!

"Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again."  Ronald Reagan

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1st AS: Tuscaloosa, AL OCT  8-9, 2016
Applecore: Jun 6, 2017
AC/RSO: Jul 12, 2017
IBC: Pelham, TN Feb 23-24, 2019
Pistol IBC: Mar 5,2021


Thanks everyone! It's been a fun road to get here and I look forward to many more events! Just last year I attended my first Appleseed taught my Mrs. Smith, then got my orange hat from Kproctor, and with help and inspiration from Steck, AF5US, Ghostring, and the whole north Texas Appleseed gang earned my red hat.  It's been a blast and I hope to learn more, teach more, and spread our message to more eager ears.
07/21: Rifleman
12/21: KD Rifleman, Distinguished, Morgan's Shingle
01/22: Pistoleer™

Turbo Pin, Complete Combatant Black Belt Patches, 3.45 card, MSP 3/4 patch, Tier 1 Three Sevens patch

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My next class is: Sage Dynamics in March in Muenster, TX