While safety was paramount, don’t think we did not have a great time just being a group of guys hanging out. The MOTUS brand attracts winners from all walks of life, and it was cool to see and be a part of the fun. Talking smack and having a general great time is the norm with the group of guys I was shooting with. The gang from MOTUS seems to be a collection of real men capable of giving and taking good lighthearted jabs at each other – a great part of the weekend that I must tell you I truly enjoyed.
We had a great time at dinner in downtown Deland, Florida and while most of us ended up getting some good rest and sleep preparing for the next day, guys like Ben and Wes ended up shutting down some bar singing Sinatra and sipping who knows what until the wee hours of the morning (again, FUN was the #1 objective after hours, so boys will be boys).
Out To 600 Yards On Day 2
One of the Great features at Big 3 East is the long-range platform. This is a two-story multi person elevated platform and at the time we were shooting there the rage extended out to 650 yards. Large sand and dirt berms on both sides and the ability to put targets wherever and change them whenever on the fly as we were shooting is an awesome feature at Big 3 and the crew was there to get us set up per our needs. *important note, the range now stands at 800 yards
A major consideration for an event like this outside in Florida is the weather. The blazing sun directly on you over any period of time during the day is what truly drains you. Once again, the MOTUS guys came together and were prepared for this as well. As we pulled our trucks up to the big tower, we realized that some tarps would be handy. Next thing you know the sound of hammers erupted and BAM – we ended up shielding ourselves completely from the direct sunlight. As I said earlier, one the great features of the long-range set up at Big 3 is that you can literally set up targets at any range that you prefer and the great staff there would jump on the four wheelers and the next thing you knew you had fresh paint on the steel targets from shootsteel.com. We set up a series of targets and our “secret secret squirrel” created a logbook and “lazed” the target distances so we had the data handy. As shooting commenced, each two man team took turns shooting and spotting at various ranges.
Basics, Basics, and Basics
On the tower that day we focused first and foremost on the classroom discussions about the basics. Body position, rifle position, target acquisition, elements, breathing, relaxing, target acquisition, breathing, smooth, trigger pull, follow through. It was cool to hear the encouragement all around from the group of guys at this point. Quentin was invaluable. He gave me great advice and adjustments all day long. Achieving the long-range shot with the a ACOG optic was truly exhilarating, and I couldn’t have done it without him. The rest of the gang had a great time as well. While I did see a few equipment frustrations along the way, there was nothing that could not be fixed. The bottom line was this – by the end of day 2 of the PAPM class, I believe everyone would agree that they had achieved a significant level of improvement from just 48 hours earlier.
I can’t wait for the next firearms training experience with MOTUS and look forward to meeting you if you decide to join us for the first time. To all of my new friends from MOTUS that I know will be joining us again sometime, I look forward to another fantastic learning and brotherhood experience and can’t wait to see you again!
The videos below share some of the insights mentioned in this article, gear and gun reviews, plus the highlights and fun. You’ll also get to see some of the skills that we were able to acquire at the class put on by MOTUS. I encourage you to check out the highlight videos and the entire playlist listed here: