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I stepped outside my comfort zone last weekend and attended an Appleseed event. Aside from the fun and camaraderie of these events, the designed takeaway is a renewed sense of civic responsibility that each attendee can then implement in his or her own community. If we can reconnect enough people with the selfless civic virtue of our forefathers, we as a nation will all be better off.

The event was a full enjoyable weekend with good people. It was a mixture of American history and rifle marksmanship. History was presented in the form of storytelling and focused applessed the events of 19 April The militia met them, sparking the actual fight for what would become American Independence.

History lessons were interesting as they delved into some of the well-known and not so well-known personalities that participated in the festivities that day. Discussions also covered how the events and fighting unfolded. They tied in to the American spirit and why we cherish the right to keep and bear arms as we do. The historical lessons were placed at various points in the event. The event truly was a mixed weekend of shooting and talking about the Revolution, not a class and another class.

Marksmanship portions were just that. Appleseed events do not teach tactical use of the rifle, nor are they intended to. They do not teach gunhandling skills including speed or tactical reloads, or stoppage reductions.

The focus is pure marksmanship. We did not use supported positions at all and fired from standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone positions. Many Appleseed events allow only. This event being held at the RWVA home range, centerfire rifles were allowed.

All shooting during the actual conduct of the course was done at 25 meters. A safety brief began each day as it should. This safety brief was specific to the cold range philosophy that Project Appleseed follows.

After the safety briefing we fired a round redcoat target. Course of fire was three rounds at each silhouette and one at the shingle. This was conducted cold to establish a baseline. A survey was taken of hits then we moved on to marksmanship instruction. We began marksmanship by discussing the six steps of firing a shot.


This is another way of explaining the fundamentals of marksmanship that many of us learned long ago or the functional elements of the shot process that is now used in the U. The six steps according to Project Appleseed are sight alignment, sight picture, respiratory pause, focus, trigger squeeze, and follow through. That said, the six steps get most of the points across to enable accurate fires. We then discussed and practiced the prone position. The key difference in the prone was the use of a loop sling as opposed to magazine supported.

It also works barely with modern tactical slings. This is intended solely for shooting. Marine Corps uses it for shooting. We conducted grouping exercises on sighting squares at 25, zeroing if needed.

Instructor staff assisted in diagnostics, coaching, and zeroing. Tzrget the prone position, we discussed and practiced the sitting, kneeling, and standing positions. All used the sling.

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The standing position discussed and demonstrated was the heavily bladed classic target applesseed stance. Instructor staff walked the line coaching shooters throughout the day and diagnosing errors. This consists of 10 rounds fired from standing and kneeling or sitting, and 20 rounds from the prone. Scaled silhouettes on the target simulate yard shots standing, yards kneeling or sitting, and and yards prone.

The total possible isbut the prone slow fire is counted twice bringing the total possible score to Most everyone had improved.

The day concluded with awarding Rifleman patches to those that qualified on the AQT with a score of at least Day two began with discussions of target detection, range estimation, external ballistics, and the effects of wind, conducted on the yard range. The block of instruction included lecture only with no practical exercises.

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This was a decent block of instruction but I wish it had gone deeper into ballistics. From there we had another history lesson and moved back to the meter range. We shot another redcoat target and recorded results, followed a rehash of the material covered on day 1 and began shooting the Yarget for practice.

We fired approximately iterations then applesded redcoat target. Over the course of the two days, tagret shooters attained the Rifleman qualification. At this point, the official weekend was over and those with centerfire rifles prepared to move to the yard range. I re-zeroed my rifle for my BDC is designed to be zeroed at using a ballistic offset before moving and began on steel by confirming at We then proceeded to work at shots from to yards.


Targets were steel F Types.

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The biggest variable from the work to this point was ballistics and the use of holds. The known distance work was good reinforcement for what had been done at wqt and a good way to finish the weekend. The Appleseed event is one people should participate in. This should not be where a beginner stops as there is much more to being proficient with a rifle than firing from an unsupported position at 25 meters, but is a good primer.

The weapons training is a very narrow scope of being able to place accurate fires on a target from an unsupported position. Qat, especially newer shooters, should take the skills worked out into more progressive training programs and courses. The Appleseed event was a good experience overall. I will continue to dedicate some of my personal training time to firing from the unsupported positions worked over the weekend, using the AQT target and course of fire as well as pushing true distances.

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appledeed This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. I have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of combat operations, served on deployments to Egypt and Saudi Arabia in support of peacekeeping and stability operations, and served on the Korean Demilitarized Zone DMZ. My final assignment in the Army was as the 82nd Airborne Division Small Arms Master Gunner, developing and instituting weapons training, conducting force modernization activities pertaining to small arms weapons and enablers, and consulting with the Maneuver Center of Excellence Fort Benning, GA on said subjects.

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