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Old January 2, 2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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can someone post their experiences at Appleseed bootcamp?

I think I might like to go.

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Old January 8, 2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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Appleseed Experience

I am new to this forum but came across this post and wanted to respond. My neighbors went to an Appleseed event in Castle Rock, WA and thought it was great training, so while I was visiting in North Carolina this past week I went to their 2-day event in Ramseur, NC on January 3-4. As a law enforcement officer in WA state, I'm armed and am very familiar to my own agency's qualifications process and range procedures. Appleseed exceeded my expectations.
To start with, the range at Ramseur is Excellent! There were two separate ranges, one for long distance marksmanship and the other with distance capabilities as well but with a 25-meter backstop where we did all our training at this event. Both had cemented floors & a roof. There was a heated indoor space at the main training range site. The event was booked solid and every single lane was full up. The multitude of instructors were very accomodating.
They started right out with standard range safety rules, followed by the story of April 19th 1775 - the core message that the Revolutionary War Veterans Association promotes. It's a good bit of history and encapsulates the spirit of why we were all standing out there that morning. After that, the training was well managed, disciplined - and moved right along. We covered a large amount of material but it wasn't too much standing and talking. If you came wanting to shoot it does not disappoint. The first day we covered marksmanship fundamentals while at prone, standing, sitting, and kneeling. Use of the sling was key and that was somewhat new to me - especially the way they use it. It was an enlightening element and improved my shot qutie a bit. RWVA also has a special target that simulates man-sized targets at various distances, so it was nice to only be shooting 25 yards/meters but get a feel for how you'd be doing at 100, 200, 400... we also shot the Army Qualification Test which we scored near the end of the day. I definitely improved my shot.
There were about 10 instructors for ~50 attendees so there was plenty of good advice & help. When my old (and borrowed) bolt-action .22 started having issues they supplied me with a Ruger 1022 ready to go so that I could keep up and continue with the training. That's another thing - it's no gun contest. While some people had AR-15s, M-1 garands, what have you, many people were new shooters and brought a basic .22 with iron sites which can teach you PLENTY about marksmanship. There was a mix of some youth and women as well as varied skillsets so I fit right in.
Throughout the training, safety was paramount - instructors were clear and aware and had a nice command presence without being "mean". Regarding marksmanship skills & practice steps, I appreciated the fact that they stuck to the basics and kept it simple... all the while providing fairly active mentorship. It wasn't tough-guy browbeating or boot camp and would be a comfortable environment for anyone new or veteran. Although I did not shoot a score qualifying me as a 'Rifleman' (that comes with a nice patch!) I learned solid fundamentals and felt motivated get even better with my own tools.
At the end of the day, Fred touched upon April 19th 1775 again, and there was some discussion within the group about it. It wasn't political, ideological, 'alarmist' or pushy whatsoever. Basically it was a nice reminder about our history and what happened that day... and where our society & culture is now, and why what we did that day was important.
I would like to go to one of these again, and bring a rifle that I'm more comfortable with - perhaps with a scope! I too want to be a rifleman.

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Old January 8, 2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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I attended the very first "Rifleman's Boot Camp" at the RWVA Range and had a ball. A lot of instruction, a lot of shooting and a lot of history.
My shooting improved a lot, found out my rifle would work all week long firing about 1500 rds. It was a Fed. Ord M14A and only cleaned one time during the week and that was after getting wet one day.

I camped on the range for ten days and loved it. Came to know some of the best people on the Planet both Instructors and Shooters.

If you do attend a Boot Camp, be sure and camp on the range. Some of the best times were at night sitting around with the other guys. We did have one lady for part of the week but she and her hubby didn't camp out.

I was 69 yrs. old at the time and it really got to me as I was sore,stiff and tired from the very first day. It took me a week at home to get over it.

I did get my Rifleman's Badge tho.
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Old January 8, 2009, 05:52 PM   #4
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ive never heard of it, what is it?
There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."
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Old January 8, 2009, 06:53 PM   #5
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See - great project!

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Old January 8, 2009, 08:58 PM   #6
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it sounds interesting, but my nagant would be a bit much to shoot all day, along with my 7mm mag.
There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."
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Old January 8, 2009, 09:53 PM   #7
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I like the sound of that....

..obviously being British, I'll have to perfect a French accent before attending...

Maybe use my Swedish Mauser... might be a bit less stress on the body than using the .303 or any of my Mosins.....
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Old January 8, 2009, 10:15 PM   #8
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Ive attended one and it was a heck of a good time take your buddies with you,camp out,and enjoy the company of a bunch of guys like all of us.also take lots of ammo
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Old January 8, 2009, 10:16 PM   #9
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..obviously being British,
British, at the Appleseed Bootcamp?

I think you'll be the target!
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Old January 8, 2009, 11:02 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Rick61
..obviously being British
Yeah, just be careful and make sure you're never the only one downrange .
Luck runs out.
Boiler Up!
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