What is This Thing Called “Appleseed”? Before I begin yammering away, let me state that I am (now) a multiple Appleseed attendee, nothing more. My uncle isn’t the instructor there nor am I getting a free lunch out of this. Personally, I wanted to see if I could tell my story so others might not be so shy and/or skeptical and try attending an event. Here’s my story…(why do I hear the Dragnet theme playing in my head?) What is this thing called “Appleseed”? I wondered the same thing myself several years ago when I stumbled upon their website entitled Welcome to the Appleseed Project. From their mission statement I learned that, and I quote the first paragraph here, “Through Project Appleseed, the Revolutionary War Veterans Association is committed to teaching two things: rifle marksmanship and our early American heritage. We do this for one simple reason, the skill and knowledge of what our founding fathers left to us is eroding in modern America and without deliberate action, they will be lost to ignorance and apathy.” I highly suggest you go there and read this statement in it’s entirety along with the report entitled The American Revolution. Who Cares? which is available via a link. The test and report are the work of an outfit independent of the RWVA (that’s the Revolutionary War Veterans Association by the way), the American Revolution Center (ARC), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. The results are utterly shocking; no wonder we’re in the shape we are as a nation and a people. The RWVA Appleseed Project’s motto is (or at least I believe it is) “April 19th 1775 When Marksmanship Met History and the Heritage Began”. That sounds great, even better if you know the importance of April the 19th 1775, do you? I do, well; at least I do now thanks to these folks. Okay, I will put my flag down for a minute, get off my soapbox, and tell you the real reason I initially attended an event. An event is what they call a shoot or gathering (it is NOT a match as you only compete with yourself). I went because they claimed to be able to greatly improve my rifle marksmanship skills in just two days on the firing line and at a pittance to boot. First, I am a pretty darned good shot but who can’t use a tune-up and second, I am pretty low on funds so this sounded good to me, and I even got my oldest daughter to come along as well. Assembling for instruction. What they teach is real rifle marksmanship (the best I’ve seen) and safety (big-time on the safety). Not to get into minute detail, however, we learned how to use the GI sling the right way (it’s not just for carrying the gun with!) and how to shoot properly while standing, kneeling/sitting, and prone. On the line...this separates the riflemen from the cooks. The best part, or one of them, was the instructors always made certain you had help and weren’t hung-up on a particular issue. Believe me, they assisted me well (I wasn’t quite the Daniel Boone I thought I was), I have some health issues and they were able to work around those with me. While I didn’t make Rifleman I significantly improved my shooting and so did my daughter (no slouch behind a trigger herself). Gina, my daughter, receiving personal instructions.