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Old April 19, 2021, 10:31 AM   #1
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1st Project Appleseed

I completed my 1st Project Appleseed this past weekend. I have been interested in the program for several years. This year many things came together at the right time allowing me to participate. It was a very humbling, but rewarding experience.

I recently assembled a dedicated 22lr upper receiver to pair with my Anderson/Magpul/PSA lower. This is what I chose to use for the event. The couple of failures I experienced throughout the weekend were my own, not the rifle or ammunition I chose. My rifle presented some challenges during the timed, multi magazine stages of the AQT, but through the course of the weekend, I was able to adapt.

I started out the weekend with iron sights. Unfortunately, my eyesight has deteriorated quite a bit in the last couple of years. After some careful consideration, I added my 4x32 Simmons later Sunday morning. It made a huge difference. The slowest part of the qualifier was giving me the biggest problems. I was losing sight of the smallest targets while focusing on the front sight post. It's hard to put rounds on a target you can't see.

By the end of Sunday, I qualified for my Rifleman's badge with a score of 212. I also earned a 2nd badge for clearing the "Redcoat" target.

I thought I was a pretty good shot before. I knew I could be much better. Appleseed gave me the tools and and a foundation to build upon. Money well spent.

Do any of you care to share your experiences?
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Old April 19, 2021, 10:57 AM   #2
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I appreciate you sharing your experience. I've been wanting to do one, but there's always something in the way.
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Old April 19, 2021, 12:49 PM   #3
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I can relate to things getting in the way.

The weekend was physically demanding. I slept like a baby both nights. You spend the weekend learning and practicing shooting positions from standing to seated to prone repeatedly. I'm in good shape and I'm not too sore today, but the up and down wasn't easy.
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Old April 20, 2021, 12:01 AM   #4
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I did one several years ago. It was during another ammo shortage (after Sandy Hook maybe?), so I only did the first of two days.

I used a 10/22 with Tech-Sights. I did not achieve the rifleman score, but the experience helped improve my shooting. I'd never had ANY kind of shooting instruction before (aside from firearms safety class as a kid).

I've been tempted to go again when I can do both days, but something always keeps that from happening. I would likely use a low-powered scope next time. My eyes aren't bad overall, but I had a rare condition years ago that caused a small distortion in my dominant eye. It gives iron sights a slight bend... doesn't seem to matter as much with scopes.
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Old April 20, 2021, 09:48 AM   #5
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Here was my qualifying target. A fair amount of room for improvement there, but it was enough for the Rifleman badge.
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Old April 20, 2021, 09:51 AM   #6
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Here was my Redcoat target. It was my best shooting of the weekend.
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Old April 20, 2021, 05:44 PM   #7
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My Son and I attended an Appleseed about 8 years ago. We both enjoyed it very much. Learned a lot. I made Rifleman early on the second day. Only two of us on the line made it that weekend. My Son came within a couple points, but didn't quite get there. I'd like to try again, maybe even this year.
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Old April 20, 2021, 06:22 PM   #8
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It took me til the bitter end to make Rifleman. There were only 3 of us. 1 of the other guys made it earlier. At one point, he and I accidentally shot at each other's targets messing up each other's scores.
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