1030 – Chow, coffee, & range prep.
1130 – AQT range time. Black Jack & Super Six conducted the "official"
Army Qualification test on 25 meter targets. Range was verified with a
laser range finder, and all targets were scaled from 100 yards to 400
yards. As a bonus, Black Jack threw a CD with 100 Army field manuals and
other survival information into a pot and said that "high score takes it
home"! A great incentive to focus on shooting well!!
The high score of the day went to Jester, with Black Jack a close second
(losing by 2.8 rounds!) Both Jest and Black Jack were rated as "sharp
shooters". Everyone again realized the importance of breath control, sight
alignment, trigger depression, natural point of aim, and IRON SIGHT
adjustment. Optics are great, but when they crap out, you have nothing if
you don’t have iron sights! Everyone said they were going to work harder
to increase their skills and abilities the next time we shot AQT. It’s a
great tool for learning the "Art of the Rifle" so that in field shooting
and if ever the balloon goes up, those disciplined shots will count!!
1500 – Day Land Nav/Admin Patrol: Black Jack and Super Six took class
A-105 on a patrol through seriously thick forest. Black Jack’s plan was to
show the importance of "boxing" when using a compass for navigation. The
exercise was simple: Shoot a 90 degree magnetic azimuth, follow it for 600
meters, and come to a creek bed / property line junction. The compass man
did ok, but realized that when he hit the property line, he was more than
100 meters off target! The class discussed noise discipline, moving
through rough terrain, and other tactical navigation issues. Lessons
learned by all!
1900 – Chow & bivouac security. Super Six volunteered to take guard
duty as he had no intention of meeting a bear or other critter at close
range. A coyote opened up 50 meters from the camp, but fire discipline by
all was observed!!
0500 – Possible bear in camp. Turned out to be Jester
0900 – Debrief & break camp. It’s a looooong drive back to South East
Michigan!! Great training, great weekend. Ideas formulating for more
Pioneer missions "up north" in the future.