I took myself down to the range over the weekend – wonder of wonders, the Range Officer even let me shoot prone. Since I had my scope mounted, I could see the targets a lot better than at the formal Appleseed. I wish I’d gotten a picture at the tight groups I was having – but since on the last target things started falling apart, maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t. Gotta get out there and practice more with the scope on the rifle…
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Overall, an OK if not great experience. Shot one AQT for a score of 142 (getting much better than the first time, I assure you). The cold didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would have, though I could’ve used another layer on my legs. Got more exposure to the loop sling, ground my elbow to hamburger – the same as before. Will practice more (with a scope) now – those 400 yard targets were practically invisible to me while shooting.
Interesting, though – found several links that suggest that an Appleseed shoot may not be the way to go for a beginner…
So, there’s an Appleseed happening this Sunday in Hubertus – I’m going, but I’m not sure what to expect. Temperatures are supposed to be in the twenties – not as bad as they could be, but pretty cold nonetheless.
I’m going to Gander Mountain to pick up some extra cold weather stuff (hopefully a balaclava-type thingie at least).
Going and reading this here –http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=8162.0
It says (3rd post down) that the 30-round magazine this person was using was a drag on the ground and was interfering with getting a good position. I have to wonder – is this finally what’s wrong with my prone position (where You usually spend most of the range time on an Appleseed)? I know I can shoot the damn rifle – and I have had problems with getting into the prone position with the elbow as far under the rifle as comfortable due to the 20-round magazines I usually use…
Beyond this list here:
Here’s some stuff I think I could have used on my last Appleseed:
A small set of binoculars (you’re not allowed to check your target after each course of fire – this might help to check your NPOA easier)
Some sort of cover for your rifle during the lunch break (my rifle got mighty toasty in the sun)
A Shamwow-sort of product (for putting water on, and putting on your head in the hot, hot sun.)
A proper shell extractor for your rifle (there was a guy down the firing line who had to keep extracting shells with a collapsible cleaning rod)
I had forgotten just how exhausting an Appleseed was. Don’t get me wrong – it was fun as well, met some great people, re-dedicated myself to getting that Rifleman patch (3 people got it yesterday, if I recall correctly).
It’s just the stand-to-prone, stand-to-seated, prone only, over and over again, at Rifleman’s cadence, on knees and elbows already rubbed raw, in the heat. “Draining” seems to be a word that’s too limiting, even though we all were keeping hydrated throughout the day. And I also understand why we were doing this – the training under stress would be a great help if we ever had to use the skills we were building – still: I don’t believe I was doing myself any favors by sticking around to the second day.
However – I finally learned how to make the damned loop sling this time, and managed not to shoot any targets but my own. I’ll have to do some serious study on my own for a good long while now.
It took me a while to write about this, but I thought it was a strange enough phenomena to commemorate…
Went out to zero my rifle for the Appleseed in Bristol happening in 2 days – just for giggles, I decide to turn a new target over and stick a high contrast dot on the back to see what would happen…
My group immediately tightened up (that circle is about 2 1/2″ in diameter). 25 yards, offhand. Of course I’m rushing the shots sometimes and still anticipating the recoil, but I think I’m going to do a lot better at the Appleseed this time…