Sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately.

Only three days to go (two if you don’t count today, which is almost over) to the start of the Fleet Forces Command and All Navy rifle matches.

I’ve been working on getting everything organized and ready to go so there are no hitches.  Also trying to get a bit ahead of things at work so that I don’t have a ton of catch-up to do when I get back.

I shot a warm up match last weekend at the 25 yard range using my scaled down targets.  I didn’t shoot as well as I’d have liked, but sometimes that’s a good thing.  Means I won’t tend to be overconfident and will be better focused.

On Sunday I helped out with the 4H club “Swamp Shooters”.  We did a patterning demonstration to illustrate the differences in chokes and how important it is to pattern your shotguns so you know where the shot cloud is going, then we worked on some trap shooting.

We had a new kid who’d shot before, but never at a formal range and hadn’t had much in the way of instruction.  When he started out having problems hitting at the beginning of the day, I got the task of giving him some pointers to get him on target.

By the end of the day, after correcting a few (actually pretty minor) problems with his mount, his stance and his technique, he was breaking targets just as well as the kids who’ve been out there for a year.  It was very gratifying to be able to help him out and see the effort I spent in getting certified begin to pay off.

Nothing ensures turning someone into a shooting enthusiast better than getting them hitting targets or breaking clays consistently.  Success is fun and fun means they’ll be back.

Anyway, don’t know that I’ll have much time for blogging until after the matches are over.  I’ll try to take pictures but I don’t know how well that will go over.  The matches are held at Dam Neck and they have some stuff there that tends to make them frown on photography.  I’ll see what I can do, but no guarantees.

A typically detailed and maddeningly verbose report will follow regardless of the availability of pictures, I’m sure.

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