Exactly what is Project Appleseed you ask? I asked the same question when I heard about this event over year ago, finally I was going find out first hand. Project Appleseed is an activity of the Revolutionary War Veterans Associationdedicated to teaching Americans our shared heritage and history as well as a traditional rifle marksmanship skills. Not only did we learn marksmanship but we also got quite the refresher course on the true history of April 19, 1775, when colonists were called to the battle for our freedom.
We arrived early that Saturday morning to the Myakka Gun Club not knowing what to expect. I had been an avid shooter and hunter for a number of years yet the skills that I would learn over the next 24 hours I could have never learned on my own. We all were shooting .22 semiautomatic rifles and I had no scope. Our first test was shooting in a target placed 20 yards down range. The targets we would be shooting over the weekend mimic shots up to 400 yards. After the first round of shooting I found that I had not once hit the target. I was devastated my shop placement! Anyone can do better than that. There were children that this event that had clearly out shot me on that first round. I was determined to improve.
I learned a good shooting requires learning positive traits such as patience, determination, focus, attention to detail, and persistence. Over the next few days I would begin to learn all of these traits! We were taught to shoot from three positions standing, prone, and sitting. There were time trials, position changes, and many practice runs quickly loading and firing our rifles. We were told we would become Intimate with a firearm by the end of the day, this is very true. By the end of the week in rob and I had fired over 600 rounds through our firearms. Not only did my shot improve then I was able to take the most difficult shots with ease. It was quite surprising that I shot at a level at the end of the event that will qualify me as a marksman in the U.S. military.
Not only am I a more confident shooter (and more skilled) but I have also learn the pieces of our history that I had long since forgotten from elementary school. I have now become an advocate for the Appleseed events and all that they teach and encourage anyone and everyone to attend one of these events and just get an idea of what it was like to be on the front lines in 1775 defending our country to acquire the freedoms that we have today.
These events are free for women and youths, the only expense will be your ammunition and range fees. From men there is a fee. After attending the first event they have the opportunity to acquire the rifleman opportunity card. This enables participant to shoot for free until you qualify as rifleman or for 1 year. For more information on these events or to find a location near you please visit their website, or find them on facebook. If you not interested in the firearm portion of these events, please speak to one of the local instructors as they will be happy to come and speak to your group about the history of a April 19, 1775
For more information on the revolutionary war veterans association project Appleseed events please visit: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/index.html
These events are held throughout the United States: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/search-states.html
For more information also visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01Appleseed-t.html?_r=4 and http://video.foxnews.com/v/4314305/mixing-history-with-guns/