For those who have never been the Appleseed teaches you how to shoot AQT's to the same level as the Marines. They teach you basic skills that can be built on, ie how to shoot from the standing, sitting and prone positions. They teach you how to properly use a sling, and how to use iron sights. Some people shoot them with optics but IMHO that's not really in keeping with what they are trying to teach you. I had a good time, I didn't get my patch but that's ok I learned a lot and am a better shooter. Just a few tips for anyone who hasn't gone to one. 1. Bring elbow pads! The first day was brutal on the pavement with no real padding, my elbows were raw. You spend a lot of time in prone and unless the range is grass you are going to be on pavement or gravel. Keep your elbows on something comfortable; once mine started to hurt my groups suffered. 2. Bring thumb tacks or a staple gun, you will be changing targets a lot. 3. Ammo, you are going to need quite a bit. If your shooting .22 I would bring at least 3 bricks. Its cheap and if you don't need it other shooters will, a lot of guys were buying it off each other. Whatever you shoot I would bring at least 1k if not 1.5k rounds. 4. Mags bring at least 4. AQT's require 40 rounds and the way the Appleseed does it you have to change mags between transitions. So you will need at least four 10 round mags. More isn't a bad thing, I brought 6 for my Sig and was happy because I messed up on loading and didn't have time to take rounds out. Speed loaders of any kind are also a good thing, time is tight so the faster you can stuff rounds in the mags the better. I was running 5.56 on 10 round stripper clips the first day and that worked like a charm. 5. As for the rifle pretty much any rifle will do they are not picky. But I would highly recommend starting with a .22 on the first day, than if you want switch over to a center fire the second. .22's are a great way to fix your problems without having to deal with recoil. Whatever you bring you want a good sling on it, and good sights. I would also not recommend bringing a rifle you are not very familiar with. These are run quickly, I would not want to learn a new rifle while doing one. You also want something that's reliable because on the timed shoots jams kill your score. All in all it was a great weekend, I'm looking forward to me next Appleseed!