Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Alabama - Day Ten

OK, so I missed posting yesterday. It's been a very busy week. Yesterday we had our written exams and practical small arms exams. The practical was a breeze and the written exam, though difficult, was passed with flying colors. There were three parts to the exam: black powder storage, handling, and transportation; small arms; and artillery. On the three parts I missed a total of 4 questions, so overall I scored in the 97% range.

We had our practical exams in artillery at the range today. In my ten years of shooting artillery this was one of the absolute worst. Our crew had not one, but TWO, Level II misfires (the kind where you have to pull the round from the piece). I've never had two Level II misfires in one day. Our instructor was none too happy, but sometimes shit happens. I had a lot more fun firing the swivel gun (with no trouble I might add). Hopefully we'll put this experience behind us because tomorrow we are at the range all day. We're live firing small arms in the morning and artillery in the afternoon. To make things more interesting it is looking like rain tomorrow. What fun.
Our artillery crew, minus three members


Chris Grimes said...

You missed how many questions? And here I thought you were the blackpowder god! Glad you're having a good time and I can't wait to see how the left coast swivel gun drill is done.

Andrew Duppstadt said...

I missed four questions out of a total of 111; sue me. I'll show the Fort Vancouver swivel gun drill at Halifax Day.