All that I can say is, "WOW!"
What a weekend, I can't remember when I've seen so much ammo go downrange in such a short time (I'm talking aimed fire here.). If my calculations are right it was over 16,000 rounds.
On Saturday a total of 48 people arrived, the weather was cool, rain and wind, normal for Wyoming at this time of year. My shooting mat was like a pool. Every thime I used it I got soaking wet...Wah Hoooooo!!! And did I mention the wind? We had gun cases, magazines, a rifle and just about everything else going flying during one of the gusts. Try shooting Offhand (Standing) under those conditions.
The Appleseed instuctors were great, a lot of shooting and historical information was provided. I learned about April 19, 1775 and what that date means to me as an American.
On Sunday we lost 7 shooters for a total of 41. Weather was a little cooler and we had the wind and rain, not all day but enought to get your attention. The "Redcoat" targets were used for initial and final evaluation of the individual shooters progress. The AQT targets were used for scoring "Rifleman" qualifications.
A total of 5 people qualified "Rifleman", two of which were females which was great! I have wanted to post pictures of the event but until the "Gallery" is fixed, I can't.
We had folks from Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota and Kansas. I have posted another previous thread about Appleseed which included a .pdf file containing sample targets. Let me tell you, those 400 meter targets get real small even when firing from 25 meters.
The rifles used went from the simple Ruger 10-22's (some scoped) to AR15's, to Galil's to M1's to M1 Carbines to an old Mauser, and SKS's. I think one person even used his 7mm Mag hunting rifle.
Look at it this way, if it was that easy, why did only five out of 48 make "Rifleman"? I salute all those who attended and thank the Appleseed instuctors for one of the best weekends that I can remember.
If you ever have a chance to attend one of these Appleseed shoots, do so.