Today I made Sharpshooter in both BUG (backup gun) and REV (revolver) divisions. This was the new 5x5 classifier stage that was new this year. I was within a reasonable distance of Expert with my BUG gun too. I've been shooting that Glock 27 for quite a long time now and am more accurate with that gun than many other much larger guns. Revolver was a nice surprise as I have only ever shot it once in competition and that was two or three years ago now. That was fun. I will shoot it some more this year in local matches.
I joined Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery. The group exists to aid in rescue and recovery of offroaders that are in a predicament. It offers some excellent training too. I always like that. Have to add to my worth in a zombie apocalypse scenario after all. LOL. All the next scheduled classes are full so that aspect will be some months. I know one of the other volunteers and he turned me on to the group.
I don't have many firearm projects for 2018 unlike last year. I'm still finishing up my dedicated 9mm AR15 pistol build but all that remains are some reliability improvements. New for 2018 are my .22 plinking sniper and a .223 Wyld 3-Gun upper to build out and test. I bought the core hardware for those at the end of last year. They should be fun and quick projects. In fact my plinking sniper is almost done.
Alderleaf Wilderness College offered their online class for half off and threw in a couple extras so I registered. This class doesn't have assignments to turn in like the Pathfinder School does but on the other hand their videos are top quality and had some really excellent instruction.
Transform your experience with the outdoors! Learn the core skills of survival - shelter, water, fire, and food - in a format that allows you to participate at home and at your own pace.
Become competent in taking care of your survival needs in the wilderness. See the outdoors with new eyes – such as which plants you can eat and what trees can be turned into a fire kit.
Come away with practical life-saving skills, a deeper relationship with nature, greater confidence, and resources to share with your family & friends for fun and in emergencies.
I finished almost all the class in December and the last bit in January. It consists of videos and PDFs. I was impressed by the quality. I tried to do a skills weekend to make videos covering the activities but I didn't get any of them done for various reasons. I'll try again in the spring. I really do want to run through the exercises and complete them in the field even if I did "graduate" already.
Back to Arches! My last trip to the Moab area was 2+ years ago and was cut short with vehicle trouble. I came back to hike some of the trails and explore some of the 4WD roads. Photos to come... National Park Service Site
I've been wanting to visit Taos for a long time but I have not been able to put that trip together before now. My brother's family chose it for a Christmas trip this year though so I drove down to meet them. More to come on this...
We met Christmas Eve for a full day of shooting. Enjoy some of our raw footage. No streaming here so you will have to download and watch. At some point I'll condense these down, add some others, and upload as a Youtube video.
Pathfinder Phase 1 Completed late last year. Here is my wrapup video on the right.
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more." — Thomas Jefferson