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Old 12-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #151
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After watching your video, I think one of your party stopped to talk to me at Warsaw. I was out riding my F800GS and had stopped at the Fire Station for a short break and someone that looked like one of the guys on your ride stopped and talked to me ( was riding a WR250 ). It was a nice day to be out.
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:36 PM   #152
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After watching your video, I think one of your party stopped to talk to me at Warsaw. I was out riding my F800GS and had stopped at the Fire Station for a short break and someone that looked like one of the guys on your ride stopped and talked to me ( was riding a WR250 ). It was a nice day to be out.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:31 AM   #153
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After watching your video, I think one of your party stopped to talk to me at Warsaw. I was out riding my F800GS and had stopped at the Fire Station for a short break and someone that looked like one of the guys on your ride stopped and talked to me ( was riding a WR250 ). It was a nice day to be out.

That was me. Nice meeting you.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:51 PM   #154
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Highlights from yesterday's ride. 192 miles for the day. These are the GPS tracks from Knox, Holmes, and Coshocton Counties.



Meeting for lunch in Millersburg, Ohio. Left to right: ArmyJoe, MeefZah, Somecallmetim, Firedog45, Jon, Rich_B, alansz400. Photo by MeefZah.



alansz400 and ArmyJoe near the flooded south end of County / Township Road 366. Out there is State Route 715 (Walhonding Road) and the confluence of the Walhonding and Kokosing Rivers.



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Cool the way the guy on the WR "sacrificed" his bike for the test run thru the water.
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Cool the way the guy on the WR "sacrificed" his bike for the test run thru the water.

alansz400 was brave, too. MeefZah has been known to drown some bikes.
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alansz400 was brave, too. MeefZah has been known to drown some bikes.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:04 PM   #157
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I'm currently at the US Army Small Arms Championships.

Day 0 - January 25th

I left Columbus in a snow storm. My mother called around 6 PM to let me know there was a 10-car pileup at the interchange closest to my house, but my ride was uneventful. On the way down, I realized I forgot my practice 9mm ammo, but I scored a few boxes from an Academy Sports outside Chattanooga. There was no limit on ammo except for 22LR. After an 11-hour drive, I got to my hotel about 11:30 PM.



Day 1

Woke up, cleaned my weapons, and then headed in to Ft. Benning around noon. I checked in at the Roundhouse at Hook Range.



After that, I went to the arms bunker to have my weapons inspected and turn them in. I met a few guys from the USAR team and introduced myself. I had a few hours to kill, so I went exploring. The towers are used to train Airborne Infantry.





About 3 PM, I headed over to the Maneuver Center of Excellence (aka Building 4). This is the famous "Follow Me" statue.



In the auditorium, we had an abbreviated Small Arms Firing School.



I saw cadets from "the state north of Ohio" rocking this in place of a combat patch.



Something the AMU put out didn't look right. I thought the rear sight was .5 MOA clicks (my competition rifle is .25 clicks) , so I'll need to dig into the Field Manual later to verify this. ETA: I found out one click of elevation on the front sight of an M16 is 1.25 MOA, one click of elevation on the rear sight of an M16 is 1 MOA, and one click of windage on the rear sight of an M16 is .5 MOA, so that chart is right.



Tomorrow is zeroing at 100 yards, followed by practice shots at 200-500 to verify "come-ups." After that is a practice match. Really excited to be here and can't wait to get started.
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Day 2 - January 27th

I woke about 5 AM, rolled out of the hotel about 6, and headed for McDonalds for breakfast. I'm not a morning person and handed the cashier my military ID instead of my credit card. Getting back on the road, I got to Ft. Benning about 6:30 and got in line for weapons draw. After getting my M16, I walked about 3/4 of a mile to the range. We lined up in four ranks to get our lane and relay for zeroing.



Being in relay 3, I headed to the pits with relay 4 to pull targets for relays 1 and 2.



Before long, it was time for me to zero. Having a rack grade weapon that I'd never shot, I was not a big fan of their zeroing process. They gave us 50 rounds to shoot 10 each in 10 minutes at 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 yards. Our targets were silhouettes as opposed to the bulls eyes we use in civilian matches.





At 100 yards, I was hitting 4s and 5s, but I would have liked more time to dial in my zero. This is where it really pays off to be a sponsored shooter and have your own personal rifle for competitions. Soon after we moved back to 200 yards, it started to rain. If that wasn't bad enough, my binoculars started fogging up on the 300 yard line, so I couldn't see where my shots were landing. My frustration was starting to get the better of me and my 400 and 500 yards zeros were all over the place.

We had a somewhat humorous moment when the sun came out briefly, causing a thick fog to blanket the range.



Because of the cold weather and potential snow moving into the area, the match director scrapped the practice match scheduled for the afternoon. Instead, they held Match 7:

Stage 1 - 500 yards, prone, 10 shots and 2 sighters, 12 minutes
Stage 2 - Run from 500 yard line to 400 yard line, assume the prone position, 10 rounds, 90 seconds
Stage 3 - Run from 400 yard line to 300 yard line, assume the prone position, 10 rounds, 90 seconds
Stage 4 - Run from 300 yard line to 200 yard line, assume the kneeling position, 10 rounds, 90 seconds
Stage 5 - Run from 200 yard line to 100 yard line, assume the kneeling position, 10 rounds, 90 seconds

I really didn't feel the effect of the sprint until stage 4. That, coupled with my crappy zero, gave me a 105-2x. I don't know the other scores, so I don't have an informed opinion of how well I did. Overall, I'm not pleased with the amount of misses, but if a Reserve Signal Corps Warrant Officer needs to run somewhere to engage the enemy, someone, somewhere messed up big time.

ETA: For this match, I placed 39th out of 119 (top 33 percent) in the Novice class. Overall, I placed 92nd out of 214 (top 43%).



After relays 3 and 4 finished shooting, we went back to the pits to pull targets for relays 1 and 2. The skies finally cleared about an hour before sunset.



We finished up around 6 PM, headed back to the bunker, and turned in our weapons. It was almost 7 PM by the time I left post. I was a good first day. I have mixed feelings about the combat EIC tomorrow. I wish I had that practice match back to work out the bugs.
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Day 3 - January 28th

I woke about 5:30 and left the hotel about 6:00. I picked up my rifle from the arms bunker and walked over to the range. On the way I met a four-man team running the wrong way, so I set them straight and they ran back the way they came. The scheduled start was 7:30, so I saw no need to run. The arms bunker opened at 6 AM, so I knew some of the guys (if not most) were on the range and had been waiting in the 32-degree temperature for an hour. I don't get the Army's fascination with hurry-up and wait.

I arrived at the range about 7:10, got in line for ammo, and walked over to my firing position. My scorer was from California and was visibly shivering in his fleece. I had planned ahead and was wearing fleece, goretex tops and bottoms, gloves, and balaclava hood. I loaded the ammo in my magazines and waited for the start of the Excellence in Competition match:

Stage 1 - Start 25 yards behind 400 yard line, move to line and assume prone position, 1 magazine of 10 rounds, 2 minutes
Stage 2 - Start 25 yards behind 300 yard line, move to line and assume prone position, 2 magazine of 5 rounds, 1 minute
Stage 3 - Start 25 yards behind 200 yard line, move to line and assume kneeling position, 1 magazine of 10 rounds, 50 seconds
Stage 4 - Start 25 yards behind 100 yard line, move to line, shoot 1 magazine of 5 rounds from standing, shoot 1 magazine of 5 rounds from kneeling, 40 seconds
Stage 5 - From 75 yards, engage targets for 4 seconds. From 50 yards, engage targets for 3 seconds. From 25 yards, engage targets for 2 seconds. Each of the two targets can only have five hits.

I was unlucky in being in the first firing position of the day. As if the low light wasn't bad enough, the 6-8 MPH wind was making my eyes water and I had to keep wiping the tears away from my shooting eye. I had hoped all the NRA matches from 2013 would have made a difference, but with six misses at 400 yards, I only got 10 points for that stage. Moving to 300 yards prone, I did a lot better with 32 points. I screwed up again at 200 yards kneeling. Rather than sit on the back of my heel, I normally turn my foot sideways and sit on my ankle, like this:



But when I did it today, I felt a sharp pain. I tried to keep firing, but it was unbearable (it actually still hurts). I moved to the standard position, but ran out of time before getting all my shots off and scored a 10 for the stage. Moving to 100 yards, I kicked ass (for me) in the standing with 15 points, but missed the last five shots from the kneeling position. In the final CQB stage, I got a 19 with three misses. Overall, pretty shitty compared to the 112 I got in my first Combat EIC. especially when my goal was 125.



After the match, I went to the pits and pulled targets for the last three relays. We wrapped up just before noon and the USAMU released us for the day and told us to sleep in. Ft. Benning has a late start tomorrow and the arms room will open at 10 AM for the last rifle match.

With a free afternoon, I decided to head to Shooters, an indoor range, to practice with my personal M9. My first 10 shots at 10 yards looked like this (can you guess which one was a double-action trigger pull?):



and 90 shots later, I had this at 20 yards, with one of them being a double-action trigger pull:



Of course, that's without the added pressure of time limits and magazine changes.

In case you're wondering what caused the entire region to shut down:



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Day 4 - January 29th

I should have brought ice skates.



Heading south on I-185 to Benning, a County Marshall directed us off the interstate. We were supposed to be at the arms room at 10AM, but nobody at the Marksmanship Unit was answering the phone, so I didn't know if I should keep driving or go back to the hotel. I pulled into a McDonalds to get breakfast and develop a plan. Checking Facebook, I saw:




Back to the hotel! I took advantage of the time off to get caught up on email.

During dinner, I saw another update:




Another day where I get to sleep in. Woo-hoo!
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Day 5 - January 30th

Slept in until 8 AM. Did some laundry while busting through all the email that's piling up. Left the hotel around 11:30 with the idea to stop by the PX and buy some M9 magazine pouches. I'm glad I left early. I didn't realize Ft Benning had a late start and the entire post was all driving to work at the same time. I-185 was backed up for 8+ miles and it took me an hour just to get to the gate.



Thankfully others were trickling in as well and the range was a stone's throw from the arms room.



Looking at the match scores from Tuesday, I found I had been disqualified. Talking to one of the range officers, it was because I was late getting my rifle from the arms room. According to some guys from the Louisiana National Guard, the times were changed to an earlier start the previous evening, but the information was only announced during the team captains' meeting. I'm not on a team, so I didn't know. They said they know another guy that burned and urged me to file a protest, but it's really not that big of a deal. I'm not going to start a ruckus just to be added to 138th place on the roster. For what it's worth, I did a word search of the match program and didn't find anything that lists that as a disqualification reason. Parking in the wrong spot is allegedly another reason for disqualification, but I didn't see that either.

We started about 1 PM with a very abbreviated pistol small arms firing school.



After that, we had a 30-shot practice round from varying distances and positions.



We then fired pistol match 3. The course of fire was:

Stage 1 - 25 yards, standing, two 5-round magazines, 60 seconds
Stage 2 - 25 yards, kneeling and prone, two 5-round magazines, 45 seconds
Stage 3 - 25 yards, standing, two 5-round magazines, 25 seconds
Stage 4 - 25 yards, standing, two 5-round magazines, 15 seconds

I had 38 hits out of 40 and a score of 118-2x. I can't complain considering before my practice on Tuesday, I hadn't shot my M9 since 2010. Oh, and to prove I can learn from mistakes, I examined my card and found my scorer made an error. My score placed me 32nd out of 113 in the novice category (top 28%) and 92nd out of 190 overall (top 48%).



I turned my weapon in and stopped by clothing sales to get the magazine pouches. On a whim, I made a side trip to the world famous Ranger Joe's. Very cool place. I wish I had one near me, but Ohio doesn't have the numbers to keep a place like that in business.

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Good stuff there Joe. My son in law had a tank command at Benning (not sure if that's the right Military term) While he was there he took me on a tour of the base. Saw a lot of the things you have pictured. Best part was getting to go inside one of the Abrams tanks. Probably not a big deal to most folks but I thought it was pretty cool.
Gotta love winters in the South. Mother Nature gives us a little surprise every now and then.
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Gotta love winters in the South. Mother Nature gives us a little surprise every now and then.
Georgia got a lot of grief for their response, but it's really not cost-effective for them to have a fleet of snowplows for the inch of snow that drops every few years.
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Day 6 - January 31

Today was the Pistol EIC. Not wanting to repeat the drama of the Rifle EIC, I got there right at 6:30 when the arms room opened. It's cold as heck, so I keep walking in circles to stay warm. Finally about 7:20, the first relay begins shooting.



Another hour later, I get to shoot. I don't do quite as well as the previous match, but I'm in the ballpark.



The EIC wraps up about 9:30. The team run / pistol shoot is up next, but I'm not on a team. I head to the PX for a few hours to get some food and get warm. About noon I decide I want sushi, so I head over to the commissary. I forgot it was payday and the place was a mad house. There were wives with full shopping carts, stretching the checkout line all the way through frozen foods to the back of the store. I only had one item, so thankfully the self-checkout was fast. Heading back to the range, they were still shooting team matches at 1 PM, so a lot of us laid out in the sun.



When the team matches finally finished, we loaded up into buses and headed out to Krilling Range for the combined arms SAFS and walk-through. I never knew the USAMU had so many separate teams.





Tomorrow is going to suck. Weapons draw starts at 4:45 AM, so I need to get up at 3:30 so I can check out of my hotel, load the car, and drive to the arms room. The first bus leaves for the range at 5:30, but my first stage won't be until 7:45, so I hope I can get some zzz's in somewhere. After closing ceremonies, I need to start driving home. I hope to make it about 5 hours to Knoxville before I crash for the night and then make the final push into Ohio on Sunday, so I can turn in my weapons by the end of battle assembly.
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I left immediately after the combined arms match. Still on the road heading back to Ohio. I'll wrap this up either tonight or tomorrow.
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