Proud new RIFLEMAN!


June 2, 2009, 10:14 PM
I attended my first Appleseed this weekend, and thought I'd give a little report & some publicity for the program. I think everyone here knows what Appleseed is about, but if not, it is well worth learning about. If anyone is on the fence about going, I'd tell you to jump at the chance.

Our shoot was held in Bloomington, IL, at Darnall's Gun Works & Range. I have to give a hat tip to (, otherwise known as the Champaign County Rifle Assn, and the Sangamon County Rifle Assn. These groups paid the range fees for our weekend.

I was amazed at what I learned. By noon on Saturday, I had progressed from shooting 6" groups from prone (all our shooting was from 25 meters) to 1". This was with a 19" Ruger 10/22 with iron sights (okay, they were Tech Sights, not the crappy factory ones), and several thousand rounds through it, with Federal American Eagle ammo.

On Sunday, we concentrated mainly on shooting AQT's, and my score was steadily improving. By noon Sunday, I was within 20 points of the coveted Rifleman patch. Finally, on the very last target I shot (most everyone else had left), I made it. 215 points!

I was very surprised by how much I learned, how much my shooting improved, and how hard it was to reach the Rifleman level. All in all, it was WELL worth the time & money spent.

I really have no complaints, although I wish we had moved a bit faster on Satuday. That said, some people were still struggling to keep up. My advice to anyone going to an Appleseed is to have your rifle basically squared away before you go. Test several brands of ammo until you find one that is consistent; this is absolutely critical if you are shooting a .22LR. A father-son pair brought CCI Stingers (the only .22 ammo they could find), and couldn't get their rifles sighted in. Because of this, they couldn't follow along with the instruction, and got lost. I would also recommend having your rifle zeroed at 25 meters. Several guys spent their whole day trying to figure out where their bullets were going, and again, didn't learn anything.

Anyway, I'm very, very proud to be able to say that I've joined the rank of Riflemen, and would encourage anyone who enjoys shooting to attend an Appleseed.

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June 2, 2009, 10:20 PM
all our shooting was from 25'

25 feet or yards?

June 2, 2009, 10:43 PM
Thanks for the AAR (after action report). Shooting a rifleman score at your first AS is a nice accomplishment. I assume this is the start of your seventh step :D.

25 feet or yards?

AS are mostly done at 82 ft. (25 meters). Once you break 210, some locations have full distance ranges available.

lipadj, There is a shoot in NY this weekend, you should check it out.

June 2, 2009, 10:55 PM
Thanks but that is a hike from here especially with my truck in the garage on 3 tires with the front axil removed waiting for UPS to deliver some mission critical parts. If there is one is western NY I would check it out.

June 2, 2009, 11:18 PM
that's just awesome man very happy for you.:cool:

June 2, 2009, 11:31 PM
Congratulations! You have my respect for making rifleman. Nicely done!

I am going to my first appleseed on Saturday and am Pumped. I have been dry firing and getting into the positions a lot at home in preparation. I'm going to bring my Marlin 795 .22 (w/tech sights) and M1A .308.

I'm really bummed that I can only go on Saturday, but there was no way I could get off work on Sunday, as much as I tried. I'm sure I won't make a 210 like you, but just learning the basics of how to shoot offhand, prone, and sitting properly with a sling is my goal.

Unfortunately the ammo situation is kind of silly around here. I just bought a bulk pack of Remington hollow points for my .22 and will have to use that since it's the only ammo I can find. I am going to zero that ammo/feed test it tomorrow. If it doesn't work I guess i will just stick to my M1A and use the .22 as my backup.

June 2, 2009, 11:38 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys-

We did shoot at 25 meters, I just goofed when writing it up

LSW- Saturday is the day to go if you can only do one day. You'll learn a lot, very fast. Then by your next AS, you'll be able to make it look easy.

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