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Project Appleseed at the Enfield Outing Club Print

 

As you may know, Project Appleseed is owned and operated by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA). RWVA is a 501.c.3, non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting all Americans, young and old, with the traditional heritage of the American Rifleman. It does this by combining a 2-day rifle marksmanship clinic with a unique approach to early colonial history.

What makes Appleseed so unusual is the teaching of the history of April 19, 1775, when the famous shot was “heard around the world.” That was the day when British Regulars set out from Boston for Lexington and Concord to take the powder and ball of their own British subjects. It was also the day when “Marksmanship met History, and the Heritage began.

Appealing to every freedom-loving American, the Project Appleseed curriculum is wonderfully entertaining, challenging for even the most advanced shooters, and more fun with a rifle than most of us have had in a long time.

Our American Heritage

The heritage we Americans have inherited is unique among nations. A whole generation of our Founding Fathers sacrificed everything they had—their wealth, their homes, their families, and their lives—to give us a free Republic, “if you can keep it.”1 Their sacrifice bestowed on us a free nation. It is our obligation to preserve that extraordinary heritage and to carry it forward to our descendants.

Veterans of the U. S. military have been honoring that same obligation by making horrendous sacrifices ever since. We honor the U. S. military by allowing active members to shoot FREE at Appleseed shoots. Appleseed is in the trenches by your side to help you pass this great heritage on to your children, their spouses, and your grandchildren — indeed, to all of posterity.

Gun Control

Let’s face it. Sometime this century, maybe not in our lifetime, the forces of international gun-control are going to try taking our guns. They have already done so in almost every other country. Our great nation, and specifically its gun culture, is virtually the only thing standing in the way of a completely disarmed citizenry planet-wide. This unfortunate development makes our duty all the greater.

Some say that the gun confiscation plan is to wait for the older generation of gun owners to die off. Gun grabbers may be counting on decades of anti-gun conditioning to convince our children and grandchildren eventually to turn in grandpa’s guns when so ordered. Or, as is more probably the case, they intend to take our Second Amendment rights incrementally via the UN Small Arms Treaty without consulting the American people. Well, the RWVA has a plan, too.

At RWVA our basic agenda is to expand the rifle culture, especially to the younger generation, because both parents and their children need to be educated and prepared to pass the heritage of the American Rifleman on to their descendants. We do this on two levels. One is teaching rifle marksmanship. The other is teaching the heritage.

Rifle Marksmanship

The marksmanship emphasis of our program is to teach average citizens of all ages how to hit a 20-inch target at up to 500 yards, the “Rifleman’s Quarter Mile”—if one can see it, one should be able to hit it, with an off-the-rack rifle and iron sights — without the aid of a bench rest or a bi-pod. We do this by teaching the WWII rifle marksmanship course from square one—not a step is missed. Most instruction takes place first at 25 meters using miniaturized targets to simulate longer ranges. Training at this shorter distance expedites learning by allowing faster target feedback. Later in the program, if the club facilities allow, we shoot out as far as 500 yards, shooting at what we call “Known Distance.” At clubs with only 100 or 200 yard ranges, we are still able to teach valuable, long-range skills.

The fundamentals covered are: Appleseed’s four rules of safety, how to make a rifle safe, the line commands, how to use a sling, the steady hold factors in prone, sitting, and standing, the six steps to firing the shot, natural point of aim, and the rifleman’s cadence. Numerous special drills are used to correct problems shared by shooters on the line, such as the “happy-finger” drill, ball & dummy, and the buddy finger drill.

The Heritage

Teaching our great heritage is equally important. Well-trained, Appleseed instructors will impart the significance of our nation’s history throughout the day by recounting enthralling accounts of what ordinary people achieved by standing up on April 19, 1775 — stories of heroism, tragedy, miracles, and spastic chance—all by telling the history that is not told in schools, and reminding our attendees that gun confiscation was what started the War of Independence.

We teach that life is about choices, not only for ourselves, but for our descendants. Our forefathers sacrificed greatly—sometimes everything they had. Why on Earth would they do such a thing?

They chose the way they did because, after years of petitioning the king with their grievances, they realized that ultimately, they had no other choice. Under the system of mercantilism that the British were implementing, the colonists were to be subjugated as virtual slaves, the fruits of their labor confiscated involuntarily by a far-away tyrant. Everything the colonists had worked so hard to build over the past 100 years was to be relegated as a mere income source for the king to use in pursuing war without end in the pursuit of imperial hegemony. So our forefathers chose as they did, so that their children and their descendants—that’s us—could live free as individuals, decide our own fate, and keep the fruits of our labor.

Appleseed Shoots

Appleseed shoots are family-friendly events, usually over a weekend. We’ve had shooters as young as 8 and as old as 77 — moms and dads, new shooters, and old-timers. Our instructors are extremely conscientious about safety, while at the same time providing a fun and entertaining environment in which to learn.

At any given Appleseed shoot, you may see WWII M1 Garands and Carbines, the civilian version of the M14, or modern rifles of many calibers with bolt or semi-auto actions. However, since we are teaching muscle memory and firing upwards of 400 rounds per day, most shooters bring semi-auto .22LR rifles with detachable 10-round magazines (like the Ruger 10/22) and gain valuable shooting experience while saving on the cost of ammunition. (Detachable magazines come in handy when we shoot 40 rounds in under 4 minutes.)

Day one at Appleseed is when we teach the fundamentals, run drills, and learn how to shoot the Army Qualification Test (AQT). On day two, we review the fundamentals, run more drills, and shoot as many AQTs as time allows.

Sometimes we take a break from the AQT machine and just have fun. Shooters divide into teams, line up 50 feet behind the line, and have 60 seconds to run to their rifles, sling up, load, and fire 40 rounds at a “fun” target, such as a depiction of an “evil” TV. The team with the most hits wins. There is a hidden lesson behind this exercise, but you’ll have to come to an Appleseed to learn it!

The Rifleman Patches

Those that score 210 or more on the AQT earn the fabled Rifleman patch. The AQT tests more than mere marksmanship. It also test the ability to think, reload, and perform despite distractions. Those shooters who shoot a Rifleman score are equivalent to U.S. Army Experts. Regular Rifleman patches come in OD green, Iraq sand, commemorative purple.

Those that shoot Rifleman in Valley Forge conditions earn a special Winterseed patch. To see what it means to attend a Winterseed, select the link for that in the side bar.

In the fall at selected venues, we may offer special shoots called “Hunter Editions.” These shoots usually have a Known Distance component. They are similar to regular Appleseed shoots, but have some of the marksmanship demonstrations explained in terms that hunters will appreciate.

Since our goal is to pass on shooting skills and a Rifleman’s heritage to those who don’t usually get to shoot recreationally, law enforcement, disabled adaptives, re-enactors in period garb, and all active military members shoot FREE with reasonable proof. Young people under 21 and women get a significant discount.

A regular shoot is a 2-day event. Those who pre-register online pay $70 for both days and $45 for one day of a 2-day event. For walk-ons the regular price is $80 for both days and $50 for one day. Women are $5 per day, while those under 21 are $2.50 per day.

The event information page is here:

Enfield, NH Appleseed Information

Registration is here:
February 02, 2013 - February 03, 2013
July 13, 2013 - July 14, 2013 (CANCELED!)

For additional information about Project Appleseed, including how to register and what to bring, please see the side bar for useful Appleseed links and resources.

 


1As he left Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, someone asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” He prophetically said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”