It is that time of year again when the high power club at Cascade Rifle Range organizes a New Shooter Clinic. They break it up in to 3 Saturday sessions about 2 weeks apart. They ask for as many seasoned shooters as they can get to volunteer to help coach. I missed the first session which taught offhand a couple of weeks ago. Today’s clinic was rapid fire for seated and prone positions. **(Yes that is me in photo at a completely different event but I never got any good photos today. Too dark. So you get me instead. Sorry) We never made it to the prone firing. You should have seen our weather. Sideways rain, wind and the thermostat on my car said 37 when I was pulling out. We do have a cover at the 200 yard line and Valentine our director brought out space heaters to stand by but it was still miserable. It slowed the whole day down and it was already 2:00 when we just finished the seated portion. It would be too dark to finish the prone. We gave the students a chance to vote if they wanted to continue or not. We the coaches were quite happy they voted to stop. We would not admit that of course. On the way home in my warm and dry car I was thinking about the skills needed for coaching.
I have never officially been taught to teach. That may sound strange. Some of us may have better skills at communicating than others. When I was helping a student get in to position for seated rapid I realized it is difficult to explain it. I know how to get in to position and I know it is awkward and at times not so comfortable. Try to explain that to someone. To me the seated position is the hardest of all to learn. You must take a lot of time at home with your mat and rifle with sling and find something that feels good to you. Then you need to adjust the sling and then your hand position and then the angle your sitting and then do it all over again with more options. After 6 years I still struggle a bit. I am almost always changing a little bit every time to see if something else works better. But for what it is worth it seems like my students were okay with my advice. They all did well and they all thanked me as they raced back to the warmth of their vehicles. We will be out again in two weeks for the slow prone clinic at 600 yards. Pray for better weather!
“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can……..”