Last weekend I attended my second Appleseed meet.
Out on the Minnesota prairie, it's always windy and the weekend was no exception. We had about 20-30 mph winds all weekend; not really conducive to good shooting.
This isn't bullseye shooting or benchrest shooting. They are trying to teach you to shoot a rack grade rifle with a rack grade trigger and hold upto 4 MOA out to 400 yards. Not only that but they will teach you how to do it all day, shot after shot. You will be able to do this without using a bench or a rest; just your body, your rifle and a sling. They will teach you how to do this in the standing, sitting and prone positions.
Since rifle skills are transferable, they recommend a .22 LR rifle. You can bring any rifle. There were people shooting bolts and I've seen AR's and one guy had an AK74. Keep in mind that you will be shooting about 400 to 600 rounds over the weekend so if you go, don't bring a large caliber bruiser. The predominant rifle on the line was the Ruger 10/22.
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This was my second Appleseed. The first one had similar conditions, except that it rained quite a bit.
"A Rifleman doesn't quit" we were told. So we continued to shoot. I came close that time but couldn't shoot well enough to get the coveted Rifleman patch.
Taking what I had learned the first time and applying it along with what I learned this time, I was finally able to score enough points to be awarded the Rifleman patch.
My 10/22 as usual, performed flawlessly. No jams or failure to fire and no loss in accuracy over almost 500 rounds. Of all the rifles on the line, I don't believe we had any mechanical problems with the 10/22's. I've been shooting a rifle since I was a little kid and I've read quite a bit about the subject. However, I kept an open mind and tried to assimilate the knowledge and techniques that they presented. Surprisingly, even this old dog learned some new tricks.
I highly recommend attending an Appleseed meet.
During the lunch break they will tell you about the revolutionary war and what the American Rifleman was capable of and what he endured.
History, shooting and the company of like minded people; what's not to like? Oh Yes, you will be sore and tired the day after from all the standing, sitting and concentrating. However, the feeling of accomplishement was undeniable.
You can get more info from the Appleseed website
: Project Appleseed Home
There were a few families with kids there. Everyone had a good time.