Alumni Weekend: Hard Labor, Beer, Shooting (+ Workshop) – June 7/8

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        Note: as this develops I am updating the post over on the blog:

        What’s not to like?

        Many students have offered their help at the training site. Others have suggested Alumni Weekends. The leveling of the new square range has faced me with a dilemma : simply too many trees have been pushed down for me to deal with.

        What I need is help with cutting up downed trees, moving and stacking wood. I am focusing on the valley/creek area near to where the parking area is. There should be no need to cut standing trees down (if there is, it will be done safely). I am asking for help from MVT Alumni on the weekend of June 7/8. If you have a chainsaw, bring it. If you don’t, come to help move and stack wood.

        This is the outline plan, which can/will be adjusted to suit:

        Friday June 6:

        Arrive and camp if you wish, or stay in the Koolwink. Camping will be opened up at the parking area, so you don’t have to be shuttled out to the usual tactical training site campsite. Bring families if you wish, or just come solo.You can also RV/Trailer camp at Middle Ridge or the Wapacoma Campground down on River Road.

        Saturday June 7:

        Arrive if you wish.

        Work day. Cutting, lifting, moving downed trees.

        Saturday afternoon: I will open the square range with rotating RCO’s. There will be no formal training laid on, but you can shoot.

        Saturday evening: We will lay on a BBQ, Beer etc.

        Saturday Night: Camp, stay in the Koolwink, or leave, as you wish.

        Sunday June 8:

        EDIT: I am looking to develop the Sunday into more of a workshop. Informal, useful but fun. I’m looking at some ideas with volunteer instructors and will update accordingly. Ideas:

        • Fun competition on the square range. Rifle/handgun. Some interesting courses of fire.
        • A workshop on personal camouflage and movement considerations – if Misfit can attend. TBD.
        • Other ideas or volunteer instructors welcome.

        No work will be expected. For those that wish to stay, the square range will be open for shooting. If there are any suggestions, I am thinking of some sort of fun shoot/competition that one of you can run on the square range.

        Recreation suggestion: The nearby South Branch Potomac river is a popular fishing and kayaking site. Or just river floating. You can bring a kayak/inflatable or rent one from along the river. A fun family day if you like. Its also a great place to cool down on the Saturday evening  after working – jump in the river where the Romney bridge crosses it – there is public river access and a popular swimming spot.

        Either comment or email me and I will adjust this plan accordingly.

        Many hands make light work.

        Its also a great way to network, both while working, at the social, and on the range.

        I would like RSVP for planning/food/beer purposes. Please let me know by latest Monday 2 June. RSVP by email, not in comments. Thanks.

        (I have a notion that this may become the basis for an evolution into a future ‘TACCON’ at the MVT site).


      • #64565

          Sounds like a tremendous opportunity.
          Looking forward to some shooting that Sunday….. anyone wanna take me on in accuracy for handgunning?

        • #64566

            Very catchy. :good:

          • #64567

              Shooting at steel plates is always fun. I would be willing to donate some “Steel” to the range if that were acceptable? I have access to a water jet cutting machine that can produce pretty much anything you want out of plate steel. It would be up to Max?

              MVFmod, handgun accuracy competition, hummm, sounds fun

            • #64568

                Im in, though Freddie i won’t talk any crap on hand gunning….gonna try to bring the better half out too

              • #64569

                  MVFmod, handgun accuracy competition, hummm, sounds fun

                  UhOh, you’re a pistol smith if memory serves..
                  No competition guns.. with scopes and lasers please .. unless you want to give me one too :whistle:

                • #64570

                    Shmitty, I am sure you’d smoke me at least in speed ..remember I’ve seen you perform.. heck you can probably shoot 3 people at the same time with 2 guns .. :yes:

                  • #64571

                      HA HA I am old now, not fast… Competition among friends is always fun. Sometimes you find who has the crappiest gun and everyone uses that one. Maybe we can set up a 12″ gong at 200 yards and see who can hit it first with open sights? Well lets scratch that, with my old eyes I might not even be able to find it, LOL! No matter what we will have fun.

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