June 3 is the guest shoot on the rifle range this month.
Ed McBride has been making updates to the rifle/pistol range. The pistol range has been extended to 60 yards to accommodate longer range handguns. A right of way for power and access has also been established. The rifle and pistol range berms are being improved. Construction of a berm to separate the rifle/pistol ranges is complete.
Check the web site and Facebook before coming to the range for closings due to construction or activities.
IWLA Hosts Project Appleseed Marksmanship Clinic:
On April 7 and 8 IWLA hosted a rifle marksmanship clinic conducted by Project Appleseed, an educational endeavor of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. Project Appleseed's marksmanship clinics teach the skills needed to earn the coveted title of Rifleman. Project Appleseed also uses the clinics as an educational opportunity to inspire Americans through the example of the "embattled farmers" of Lexington and Concord. Just as the Massachusetts colonists of all ages and stations refused to sit idly by when their friends and liberties were threatened, Project Appleseed urges Americans of today to become an involved, informed and engaged citizenry, ensuring our representatives preserve the Republic bequeathed to us by the heroes of the American Revolution. As Project Appleseed points out, if your representative is not doing his or her job, you can take the time to consistently let them know your views, or even run for office yourself.
Clinic participants braved unseasonably cold temperatures and an April snowfall (according to Project Appleseed, such things don't bother a Rifleman) to practice the marksmanship skills valued by our forefathers. Firing was at 25 meters, but the targets are scaled to simulate ranges from 100 to 400 yards. During breaks in the shooting, Project Appleseed coaches spread out the maps and took us back to April 19, 1775, when tradesman, farmers and shopkeepers stunned the world by defending the rights of free citizens. As the British found to their dismay, the Americans, militiamen and noncombatants alike, were no moth-eaten rabble but rather well-disciplined citizens, able to handle themselves with self-control and determination. These colonials faced a choice,and when it came down to it they chose to defend their liberties, human decency, and each other. What they did was remarkable.
To return to the clinic, it was a rewarding, and humbling, experience. Like many, I fancied myself a pretty fair shot. But it is one thing to fire from a bench, it is quite another to go repetitively through a timed course of fire from standing, sitting and prone positions. "Good grief", I thought, "I'm not such a good shot after all." While I did not earn a Rifleman badge, by heeding the patient coaching of the Appleseed instructors I saw my scores gradually climb. I found I could make what I thought were impossible shots, like putting a round through Morgan's Shingle or hitting the Death Star courtesy of the Force just like Luke Skywalker. If you want to know what all that means, you will just have to sign up for a Project Appleseed clinic to find out! They can be found at appleseedinfo.org. Just be sure to bring a teachable attitude, a willingness to work hard, and a sense of humor. Many thanks to Project Appleseed, to IWLA and to Marty Sprick for making the clinic possible.
Scholastic Action Shooting Program:
The chapter’s youth trap league is sponsored through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The foundation has two groups, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (under which our youth trap league operates) and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).
SASP is for school aged kids and is very similar to the Steel Challenge. Kids shoot at five steel targets (four "bang" plates and one stop plate). There are only four different stages and I think they are a little easier than the Steel Challenge. Kids 5th grade and younger compete with a rimfire rifle (iron sights or optics). 6th - 12th grade can do rimfire rifle, rimfire pistol or centerfire pistol (all iron sights only). For centerfire, any caliber can be used, but most use 9mm and there is a separate category for 1911/2011s. Shooters shoot from a 3’x3’ box and there is no movement during the stages. All stages start with the gun out and pointed at a cone that is 12 feet in front of the firing line. Rimfires get one "mulligan", if they have a jam. You shoot each stage five times and they throw out your worst time. Add your total time for your score.
At this point, we are only trying to determine if there is enough interest from our members to form a team.
A team must have a minimum of four shooters and a head coach. There is no maximum number of shooters.
For more information on the SASP go to:
If you think your child would be interested or if you think you would be interested in being an adult volunteer (Head Coach, Asst. Coach, Scorekeeper, etc.), please let me know. The team must practice at least six times before any competitions. When would be an appropriate time for practice (weeknight, weekend)? What time? How often
practices (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)?
Please feel free to share this with any other members that have children that might be interested.