Yes, I was more off-grid in southwest Texas than in Africa! No cell...not enough Internet to upload the podcast (SORRY!)...miles and miles from the nearest venison jerky stand...
Was there at the amazing FTW Ranch for a precision rifle class from the Sportsman's All-Weather All-Terrain Marksmanship class...as instructor Doug Prichard, retired SEAL and sniper instructor, said, "Eight and a half weeks of sniper school crammed into 4 days."
We were there to wring out the Ruger SR762 and the brand new Burris XTR-II 4-20X mil-dot scope in harsh, real world conditions, from 100 out to 1000 yards.
I'll write a long post tomorrow, but lemme say this...the staff at FTW are among the finest instructors I've every worked with...they were just wonderful.
The guns were out of the box with...challenging...triggers; the scopes the first in the country.
And how did it go? Well, the last drill of the four day class consisted of 10 12-inch plates scattered across the hills and canyons of the 12,000 acre ranch...cross-canyon shots, steep angle shots, awkward shots of all kinds. Distances varied from the "close" plate of 363 yards to the far plate of 750 yards. The drill was simple...you got 3 shots at each plate. A spotter gave us wind direction and speed in MPH, and we did the mil conversions.
I got all 10 plates -- 4 on the first shot; 5 on the second shot; 1 (at 600 yards) on the third shot. I could have wept when the spotter called the 750-yard plate!
More later...it's airplane time!