Winter Mountain Patrol - (a Biathlon+P):
Minuteman Mountain Wilderness
Celebration of the Armed Citizen Militias of the American
WILDERNESS SNOWSHOE PATROLS COMPLETED
(Next Muster Date: Approx. 2/2011 - To be determined) (3rd
2010 (Photos and Results) (2nd
Annual Event 12/29/2010)
2009 (Photos and Results)
(1st Annual Event - 3/15/2009)
Winter Mountain Patrol
2008 (did not take place)
Wilderness Snowshoe Patrol - .22 LR Course (rifle).
Timed Snowshoe race with shooting competition. Mountain terrain.
Open to all Venturing, BSA,
and Explorers registered in the California Northern Rivers District.
Celebrating the American
Bill of Rights, Liberty, and the right and duty of an Armed American
Citizenry (i.e., the Militia as specifically referred to in the U.S.
Constitution and the Bill of Rights).
Individual Race format and
Teams. You will be part of one of the following Minuteman Mountain Patrol
Teams: Green Mountain Boys; Green River Rifles, Virginia Rifles, Morgan's
Rifles, Minutemen, or Concord Militia.
Participants must provide
proof of having participated in an NRA Rifle First Steps or NRA Basic
Rifle Course (and handgun if applicable). Due to weather conditions, such courses of instruction will not be available at this
Opening Ceremony (April 19, 1775 and
Minutemen - re-enacting our American Revolutionary War history; verbal
presentation of our re-enacting scenario); followed by: flag
Star Spangled Banner (click to
play); Pledge of Allegiance; American
Minuteman Pledge); Safety
briefing; Minuteman Pistol Marksmanship; Minuteman Rifle
Marksmanship and Snowshoe Run; Minuteman "hot" lunch; closing
(flag lowering; retreat
(click to play); taps
(click to play); and then we return
to our homes, hearth, and warmth.
for Minuteman Mountain Wilderness Snowshoe Patrol (combine Rifle and
Pistol if desired for event).
LEVEL 1 COMPETITION (SHOOTING FROM STANDING POSITION WITH SNOWSHOES
/ Adults (Pistol
Marksmanship - 2 courses of fire (5 shots each) (total - 10 shots).
For results, use aggregate scores for both pistol courses of fire. Targets
at distances ranging from 7 to 30 yard distances and with targets
being at left and right of shooter. Thus, Pistol field of fire: 20 yards
wide - 30 yards long. (We have done this course and it works well).
1 COMPETITION (80 yard SNOWSHOE RUN and 50 Yard marksmanship):
Adult Males / Adult Ladies / Youth (Rifle
Marksmanship at 50 Yards
with Snowshoe Run for each of 4 courses of fire (total 20 shots). For each
course of fire, participant runs 20 yards. Participants do not carry their rifles during course.
(We have done this course and it works well).
2 COMPETITION (800 YARD SNOWSHOE RUN and 50 Yard marksmanship): Youth
(Rifle Marksmanship at 50 Yards
with Snowshoe Run for each of 4 courses of fire (total 20 shots).
For each course of fire, participant runs 200 yards. Participants do not carry their rifles during course.
(We have done this course and it works well).
LEVEL 2.3 COMPETITION (Similar to Level 2 - 800 YARDS
BUT WITH SNOWSHOE RIFLE CARRY and 50 Yard marksmanship) and tomahawk throw): Youth / Adults. (DRAFT 12/30/2010):
(projected for 2/2011 event). Rifle Marksmanship at
with Snowshoe Patrol "RIFLE CARRY" for each of 4 courses of fire
(total 20 shots). For each course of fire, participant "RIFLE
CARRIES" 200 yards. "RIFLE CARRY" course to be in counter clock wise
rotation with rifles carried port arms to participants left side with
rifles at approx 45 degree upward orientation OR shoulder carry with sling
(muzzle up). Thus, participants DO
CARRY their rifles during this
course (ECI). Plus, along each course of fire, participants will stop, pick
up a tomahawk
and throw at target (tomahawk hits count for score - total hit potential for all
courses of fire is 4) while holding unloaded rifle in "off"
hand (muzzle up) . To be counted as a "hit" the tomahawk must
"stick" in the wooden target. Participants then proceed to
firing line for firing each course of rifle fire.
additional competition for sled pull rifle carry race: At signal,
Minuteman pulls sled (with 30# weight) in it for 50 yards to firing line
while carrying rifle on shoulder with sling (ECI). Upon arriving at firing
line, Minuteman will drop into the prone firing position (with or without
sling), load his rifle, and fire 3 (three) consecutive
shots at a 100 yard target (6" in diameter). [If location permits,
Minuteman will move to another location 10 yards away and take 2 (two)
additional prone shots at 12-13" diameter target located 200 Yards
away]. Timer stops at firing of last shot.
as additional exercise consider using course #1 from level 2.5 competition
Also, as additional exercise consider adding 100 yard handgun - 5 shots
from standing position at 100 yard targe (12 1/2" diameter).
LEVEL 2.5 COMPETITION: Youth / Adults. (Event done
12/29/2010 and was successful). Note this is a "strenuous"
course, as our course was just below 6,000 feet in elevation and uphill
with about 4+ feet of snow.
Rifle Marksmanship at 100 Yards
with Snowshoe Patrol march to range (total snowshoe patrol distance
approximately 1.4 miles).
Minutemen will cover distance of
approximately .7 miles (1,232 yards) to range (thus, total Snowshoe course
is approximately 1.4 miles, including return trip). At range, Minuteman
will engage targets (approximately 6" diameter) at 100 yards in
a timed competition. Minutemen will fire 5 shots from the standing
position followed by 5 shots from the prone position. Total of four
courses of fire - (See specifics below for Rifle - Course #1 and Rifle
Course #2). The shooting
portion of the event will be timed and hits counted to determine
scores and rankings. Minutemen will carry the following: unloaded
rifle along the entire course (ECI) (slings recommended with scope cover
to protect against snow), ammunition separately (each minuteman
should bring at least 100 rounds for competition and plinking), water,
snack, and small backpack with emergency supplies. A pull sled shall be
used for transport of necessary gear (e.g., targets, stove,
Level 2.5 Rifle - Course
#1 (no back packs during shooting)
at 100 yards (total 10 Shots).
Competition: From 10 yards, Minuteman will snowshoe to the
firing line on command "Sharpshooter up" (verbal command
is when timer starts) and assumes Prone position for first course
of fire (5 shots) and engages target. For second
course (5 shots) same procedure except takes the
standing position. Timer stops at last shot.
Level 2.5 Rifle - Course #2
(no back packs during shooting)
Target at 100 yards (total 10 Shots). Larger target
should result in this being a faster firing sequence.
From 10 yards, Minuteman will snowshoe to the firing line on
command "Sharpshooter up" (verbal command is when timer
starts) and assumes Prone position for first course of fire (5
shots) and engages target. For second course (5 shots)
same procedure except takes the standing position. Timer stops
at last shot.
LEVEL 3 COMPETITION: Youth / Adults (draft ideas).
Approx. 1 mile Mountain Snowshoe event
including: Rifle Marksmanship at 50 Yards
with Snowshoe Run for each of 4 courses of fire (total 20 shots over 800
yard cumulative run as in level 2 above, except participants carry their
rifles (ECI); PLUS: additional distance to total 1 mile with shooting at
100 yard targets prone; 150 yard targets prone; and 200 yard
targets prone as you progress along the trail.
LEVEL 4 COMPETITION: Youth / Adults (not yet designed).
Approx 2 Mile Mountain Snowshoe event:
consider including: (to insert ideas)
LEVEL 5 COMPETITION: Youth / Adults (sample ideas below).
Approx. 2 Mile
Mountain Snowshoe event: Course
includes (all done on snowshoes): compass course, emergency first aid;
emergency medical evacuation; and the battle
for freedom (“join or die”) (target shooting
at 50 yards different shooting positions, and tomahawk throw).
Snowshoe Patrol - Early 2009 Preliminary Plans
- Prior Preliminary Plans.
6 COMPETITION: Youth / Adults (sample ideas below).
Participants will carry
their rifles during entire course (ECI).
Approx. 4 Mile Mountain
Snowshoe event: Tomahawk throw; Sled Pull, Compass Course, Shooting at 50
yards (standing / prone), Shooting at 100 yards (prone), and Shooting at
200 yards (prone). Followed by a Liberty Celebration Bonfire - chili, hot
crusty bread, hot chocolate, and Award Ceremony. See Following:
Minuteman Pledge (Winter Event
To Become A Better Rifleman
Yard Shooting with a .22 lr
Tips Page - Cold Weather Ammo
Send us your Logo:
SHASTA SHARPSHOOTERS -
VENTURING CREW 1006
NOTE: Following forms to be modified for
the Winter Event
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION PACKAGE
to Summer Event
RULES AND PROCEDURES
Individual Score Sheet
Individual SHIRT Identification Forms
SCORING MASTER CONTROL SHEET (VER. 8/16/2007)
Final Results - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, (by category)
Participant Certificate Award Format
Certificate of Appreciation
Prior Schedule - for a
larger group (not being used this time)
above SCORING MASTER CONTROL SHEET reflects the following scoring
Each Marksman's Total Score (and ranking) will be a combined
total of his/her Race Score and his/her Hit Score determined
as follows for each category ( i.e., Categories are: BSA Scope; BSA
IRON; Venturing Scope; Venturing IRON):
Each running portion
of the Biathlon will be scored using the following Percent Back System:
Marksman's % Back = (2-(Marksman's Time / Scoring Base)) X100
(The Running Scoring Base is the average time of the top three finishers)
(Formula Source: 2005 IBU Summer
Biathlon World Championships)
Each Target Hit portion of
the Biathlon will be scored as follows:
(Marksman's Hits / Hit Scoring Base) X 120.
(The Hit Scoring Base is the average Hits of the top three
Marksmanship Portion is weighted 120 (not 100) due to the emphasis we are
placing on shooting skills.
Exercising the American Bill of Rights.