Appleseed project: Anybody heard of this?


June 29, 2009, 11:39 AM
Saw a reference to this on another forum. Didn't look too bad, I was thinking of maybe going there with my little brother in November in December to the one in florida.

"The Appleseed Program is designed to take you from being a simple rifle owner to being a true rifleman. All throughout American history, the rifleman has been defined as a marksman capable of hitting a man-sized target from 500 yards away no ifs, ands or buts about it. This 500-yard range is traditionally known as "the rifleman's quarter-mile;" a rifleman can hit just about any target he can see. This skill was particulary evident in the birth of our country, and was the difference in winning the Revolutionary War."

Anybody had any experience with this or heard of it?

Thanks in advance!

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June 29, 2009, 11:55 AM
A quick use of the search function will bring you a wealth of Appleseed information. :)

Smokey Joe
June 29, 2009, 01:42 PM
Find out if you know how to shoot yr rifle or not. (The results may surprise you.) If you need instruction, you WILL get it. You'll come away a better shot.

Yeah, I know, "I know how to shoot--I don't need no stinkin' instruction."

Well in that case, go there to show up everybody, including the instructors. Like I said, the results may surprise you.

Worst-case scenario: You get to spend a weekend with a bunch of like-minded folks, shoot a LOT, and receive and (if you're good like you think) give valuable instruction in what Cooper called "the art of the rifle."

That's hardly a bad thing.

BTW, I agree, use the search function--there're a lot of threads about Appleseeds.

June 29, 2009, 08:18 PM
I ordered the target combo package from the appleseed store.
Along with the targets you will get Fred’s rifle guide, by far the best piece of information about firing a rifle. My husband was doubtful at first, but after I followed the “six steps to firing a rifle” and outshot my husband at 100 yards, he decided to read it. Not to mention, you can’t beat the price. Woman shoot free for 2009, and a weekend price is about 70.0! The website has all the information you will need about the shoot and what to take.

June 29, 2009, 09:21 PM
It is worth going. You wont find a better deal on rifle marksmanship instruction. What you learn in two days will make you a better shooter and maybe even a rifleman. Check out their forum for more info.

If you can, camp out. It will be a fun weekend for you and your brother.

Tully M. Pick
June 29, 2009, 09:46 PM
Yeah, the Appleseed proselytizing creeps me out.

chris in va
June 29, 2009, 10:22 PM
You'll be shooting little black squares and qual paper targets at 25 yards all day. Standing, sitting, prone..repeat.

At the very least bring some sort of 22 with detachable mags.

June 29, 2009, 11:06 PM
I attended one. Before firing comenced for the day I got the vibe that I wasn't quite good enough. After shooting and qualifying as 'rifleman' suddenly I was an okay guy and the 'instructors' became all friendly towards me. I was the same guy in that morning as I was in the evening....I wasn't too impressed.

July 1, 2009, 10:26 AM
That religion crack is a real cheap shot and uncalled for. These folks are patriots who believe strongly in the U.S. Constitution and in everyday folks having the same level of marksmanship skills that were common in our land up until about thirty years ago or so.

The targets are downsized targets set up at 82 feet, and they teach you the riflemans language of 'MOA'; compensating for bullet drop; dry firing drills; use of a sling to steady yourself, etc.

I'm going to one at the end of Sep. and am really looking forward too it.

July 1, 2009, 02:18 PM
With that definition of a cult, fair enough. Long range rifle shooting and devotion to bringing back to the forefront both long lost skills and long forgotten stories of our original Revolution would fit. How that would offend the average reader on here is something I'm a bit puzzled about. These folks certainly aren't getting rich charging $70 for two days of instruction. But, to each their own....

July 1, 2009, 02:50 PM
The closest ones to me are all 25 meters. I was hoping for 100 yards or more. Is it worth taking my M1A to such a short (distance) event? There is a 500 yard one that's over 6 hours away.

July 1, 2009, 08:24 PM

it is one thing i have never regretted. it was a ton of fun and i learned alot more about shooting handleing of firearms and some history that really helps you connect to the rifle mans past

July 1, 2009, 09:30 PM
Well, I have been to one and will probably attend another one because my girlfriend is starting to really get into shooting. I had no idea what MOA was before I went. I knew a little bit about bullet drop, wind, etc, but I learned a lot more. I feel it was money well spent. Keep in mind I had done 2 years in the Army before going and I still picked up quite a bit. The biggest thing I learned was that I don't know it all and am a mediocre shot at best. If you know that about yourself and accept it, it leaves a lot of room for improvement. Besides, I got to do a lot of shooting which is a lot of fun.

July 2, 2009, 12:48 AM
The closest ones to me are all 25 meters. I was hoping for 100 yards or more. Is it worth taking my M1A to such a short (distance) event? There is a 500 yard one that's over 6 hours away.

Sure, take the M1 along, but do most of the shooting with a .22 It's a learning event, and what you learn on the short range with reduced size targets sets you up to do the same thing with the heavy rifles at longer ranges.

July 2, 2009, 01:06 AM
Just like mine. I'll be beaten to death before I stop firing. But, in all candor, if YOU don't like AppleSeed,
then don't go. But remember to shoot for the eyes and throat. And it is eminently fair to shoot zombies in the back.

Windy Wilson
July 2, 2009, 01:11 AM
Unless you can shoot 100 rounds in a day from a prone position and not get a sore shoulder, you should probably use a .22. Back in 2007 I attended an Appleseed with my K-31 and after about 75 shots I was sore enough to start spoiling my shooting -- And I was wearing the shirt and jacket I wore to the CMP Western Games! It's much more intense than the CMP competition, and this year I will be shooting .22.

July 2, 2009, 02:41 AM
I had a good experience at mine. I only shot for one day but they were as friendly to me as they were to the people who had never fired a rifle in their lives, and there were several people like that in attendance.

As far as the whacko proselytizing, I didn't encounter any. They told a 15 minute story about the beginning of the revolutionary war in the morning and another 30 minute story about the same thing over lunch. The rest of the day was focused on learning to shoot prone, sitting, and standing with an emphasis on safety.

I only shot 1 AQT but didn't make rifleman, can't wait to go back and try again. Unfortunately it's like pulling teeth for me to get a weekend off so I don't know when I'll be able to.

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