You have registered for an Appleseed Shoot, as presented by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. This event is very informative and exciting, the amount of information and skills you will be instructed on will be extensive. The more prepared you are for this event, the more you will be able to get out of it and the more you will enjoy it. This page is intended to better prepare you for what you are going to experience and to better inform you about what to expect.
Appleseed shoots are about instilling skills and knowledge to the shooter, not a focus on gear or equipment, however, our experience has shown that with some preparation, you can benefit from your first Appleseed like a pro. Regardless of what you bring, we will teach you skills to help you shoot much better and these skills will transfer to any rifle, so while some of the suggestions below may not be available to you, they are provided for your information and use as you see fit.
Sling: You will be taught to properly use a sling to support and stabilize your rifle, to enable you to make more accurate shots. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND an USGI web sling like this onehttp://www.ray-vin.com/tech/websling/webslinghelp.htm
. Please note how it is rigged and also this is a 1 1/4 inch sling, so you will need 1 1/4 inch sling swivels.
Rifle: While you can learn shooting skills with any rifle, and we are happy to instruct you with which ever safe operating rifle you bring, you will find that some rifles will make your learning process easier and quicker, as well as allowing a fuller experience of all that an Appleseed has to offer. The Appleseed course is conducted at 25 meters (28 yards) and is designed to take advantage of semi-auto, magazine fed rifles. This being said, many people have shot at Appleseed Shoots with bolt action rifles and gained valuable skills and instruction.
You can plan on shooting @200-250 rounds per day at an Appleseed shoot, and with the cost of center fire ammo as it is, and the bulk of the course at 25 meters, many folks have experienced that using a 22 rim fire rifle is a great way to learn skills without a large investment in ammo. Whichever rifle you elect to bring (we recommend a backup rifle, to ensure you can complete the course if your primary rifle malfunctions) please ensure the following: 1) you understand how to safely operate your rifle. Be able to load it, unload it, lock the bolt in the open position (if capable) how to engage the safety. 2) Have the rifle zeroed so that point of bullet impact is the same as point of aim at 25 meters, this will be a good starting point for your sights, and we will be able to adjust them as needed as your skills and knowledge improve. You will be expected to understand how to adjust your sights and have any tools required to do so. Here is some information about rifle selection and Appleseed Shoots http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=1416.0
Liberty Training Rifle: The Ruger 10/22, with Tech-Sights http://www.tech-sights.com/
and some other minor modifications make great Appleseed trainer rifles, we call them LTRs. Following will be some links to discussion of various modifications, 'how-to" information and optional ideas. The basic Ruger LTR consists of the Tech-Sights and sling swivels. Many folks include extended magazine release and bolt auto close. For the cost of 400-500 rounds of center fire ammo, you can purchase a Ruger 10/22 and install the Tech-Sights and sling swivels, giving you a great rifle to continue improving your marksmanship skills and to loan to others to learn with as well.
LTR Links: http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=1314.0
Accessories: Here is a great list of items to bring with you to an Appleseed Shoot, keep in mind that this is two full days of shooting and learning, so preparing in advance will make your experience more productive and comfortable. http://www.appleseedinfo.org/pdf/wha...ring_shoot.pdf
There are some items and actions that you will find to prepare you as the shooter/student, that will greatly enhance your experience and learning at an Appleseed Shoot. We want you to take full advantage of your time on the firing line and the quality instruction that will be available to you. Below are some suggestions that you will help you be better prepared:
Fred's Guide to Becoming a Rifleman: This guide contains a great deal of information that will be covered at the Appleseed Shoot and will give you an opportunity to practice and learn prior to the Appleseed, and to review and continue to learn (and pass on these skills) after the Appleseed Shoot. You can get it here, with some AQT targets http://www.fredsm14stocks.com/catalog/acc.asp
Be sure to tell them that Appleseed sent you.
While you are waiting for your guide, you can check out these links for helpful information:
"How to prepare"
"The real poop on what to bring to an Appleseed"
"11 Misconceptions about Appleseed"
"The Rifleman Series, from Fred's"
Take in as much information as you can prior to showing up for your Appleseed Shoot. You will find the more time you put into getting prepared, you will gain that much or more out of the course.
One last item, you will be shooting from standing, sitting and prone positions. If you don't shoot from these positions often, you will find them uncomfortable at first and your body will protest some to the new positions. You will do yourself ( and your muscles) a huge favor by getting into the positions for several minutes each day, leading up to your Appleseed Shoot.
Some good information and PDF links that contain useful information.
The COF is attached below. It is a rough guideline, and there have been some updates to the Appleseed COF, but this will give you a very good idea of the shooting you will be doing.
Enjoy your Appleseed and prepare to learn.