Deschain wrote:Ouch, nice battle wound there, Mel!
So, what were the drills like? I'm quite curious, was it all simply target drills, or were there movement drills? Stance-change? What were the demographics like? What are the requirements to earn a rifleman patch?
They started us off on a "redcoat" target to see how folks were shooting and to establish a baseline. This was 13 rounds. Three in each of the torso silhouettes (100, 200, 300, 400 yards) and 1 in the "headshot" box (250 yards). Not really a timed thing. More a progress indicator. ETA:
This is not my redcoat. Just an image off the net!
The drills were mostly on modified A
argets, or AQTs. These targets are posted at 25 meters and simulate a torso at 100, 200, 300, and 400 yards. Max score is 250. Rifleman is 210+ I shot 180 by the end and I considered myself a damned good shooter before this humbling experience.
The course of fire is as follows. 4x 10 round magazines. 4 Minutes.
- 10 in the top (100 yard) standing.
- Mag change. Position change to Sitting
- 5 and 5 on the next row. (200 yard)
- Mag change. Position change to prone (no rest or support).
- 3, 3, 4 on the next row (300 yard)
- Mag change.
- 2, 2, 3, 3 on the final row (400 yard) (Double Points)
In addition to all of this, they had us using regular grid-type targets to run speed shooting drills (my accuracy improved greatly at 10 rounds in 20 seconds) and various other siting and position exercises. All of this was on Iron Sights
. Man, I could barely even see the 400 yard simulated targets at 25 yards. But I started hitting then often enough with iron's by day two!
ais4122 wrote:Am I to understand that they provide the rifle? Are you permitted to bring your own.
The rifles we brought were not suited to the drills. Melissa's Savage only had two 10 round mags and my Winchester was a tubular magazine. As you can see from the above drills, neither would have worked well. That being said, there were many folks that brought and used their own rifles. NOT ALL APPLESEEDS SUPPLY RIFLES! Instructors are completely volunteer. They bring their own rifles and loan them out!
The things to keep in mind are: bring 4+ ten-round magazines and use a semi-auto rifle. You could use a bolt, but I found that that detracted from the training on day one as I was fighting the equipment. Everything you learn on the auto will translate over.
I want to stress that I've been shooting since I was 7 and considered myself a good shot before this training. After this weekend I feel I have a long way to go and I'm really excited to get there. The clinic helped me get rid of some bad habits and really boosted my score (I started with a 120 and ended with a 180). I plan on trying to become an instructor by next spring if I can. Everyone should go to these things. It was a ton of fun!
Oh, one last thing. We managed to get several folks interested in ZS. Hopefully they'll be around at some point!
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