Hi Porcs.Ã‚Â I'm currently staging Appleseed events in Massachusetts (yeah, yeah, I know) and am instructing at Appleseeds around the Northeast in PA, CT, VT, and MA.Ã‚Â Notice anything missing?Ã‚Â No, not Maine.Ã‚Â New Hampshire!Ã‚Â And what better audience to do it with than Free Staters?Ã‚Â I would love
to bring Appleseed to PorcFest 2007 (and every year afterwards, for that matter).
Appleseed is basic rifle practice/training for all ages and all rifles. Why are rifles important?Ã‚Â You can defend yourself with a pistol.Ã‚Â You can defend your home with a shotgun.Ã‚Â But you can only defend your freedom with a rifle.Ã‚Â They are liberty's teeth.Ã‚Â More info on Appleseed at the end of this post.Ã‚Â Sorry Bald Eagle, it won't be subsonic because my M1A wouldn't have any
Basically it looks like a year-long "I dunno, what do you want to do, honey?" in this thread so far.Ã‚Â PorcFest needs an Appleseed because:
1. It is a liberty-based program (What else would you expect from the Revolutionary War Veteran's Association?)
2. It is a proven program (1000+ shooters in the first year, 38 events scheduled so far for the second year shooting for 2000 shooters)
3. It will provide a focus (You guys need it...Ã‚Â KBCraig didn't even shoot anything last year?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
4. It will safely teach new shooters the fundamentals (sounds like you have some of these)
5. It will challenge experienced shooters with the goal of shooting the Rifleman score (sounds like you have some of these too)
6. It can work almost anywhere (a safe backstop, 25-100+ yards of rifle range, and 3-4 feet of firing line per shooter)
7. It grows an FSP Rifleman culture far better than random plinking ever could. ("I'm on the road to becoming a Rifleman" beats "We shot some cans" every time)Are you with me?
Yes, machine guns are an expensive thrill, but most of the lead you throw downrange doesn't hit anything.Ã‚Â Only hits count!Ã‚Â Besides, you don't want to be shooting inside... It's June in New Hampshire!Ã‚Â You have the rest of the year for staying inside.Ã‚Â The person with the 1500' x 750' pit has exactly the right idea and hopefully it's possible to get that space for an Appleseed.
It can be scaled to an afternoon course, a morning + afternoon course, or a full weekend course, depending on what the demand is.Ã‚Â I think the Morning + Afternoon course would be a good fit for the Saturday or Sunday of PorcFest.Ã‚Â There might be too much to fit in for just an afternoon with this crowd.Ã‚Â I could run a full day session myself with a helper or two for safety/smoothness depending on the number of shooters.Ã‚Â If we do the full weekend, I'd be enlisting the help of the national RWVA, calling NH an official stop on the National Appleseed Tour, and doing lots of trumpeting to non-PorcFest people too.Ã‚Â It might be better to do that next year though with a little more time for planning... So I'm suggesting a 9ish to 5ish one day program on one of the weekend days.Ã‚Â I think that blends well enough for a first year to give enough time to do a proper Appleseed while keeping it a PorcFest event.
The course of instruction will include basic safety, a diagnostic, several sighter groups, position instruction, steps of firing the perfect shot, practice drills, and finally the full Army Qualifying Test.Ã‚Â After the 25 yard instruction, the program moves on to the full distance of the available range and will finish out with fun targets and team targets as well.Ã‚Â If there is concern that there won't be time for handguns, we can arrange afterwards for open shooting.Ã‚Â Participants would need a rifle, several hundred rounds of ammo (TBD based on time), some ground cover, and whatever they would need to be comfortable in prone position (mat/elbow pads).
Priority #1 would be to make this the official PorcFest shooting plan and find an Appleseed compatible site... now.Ã‚Â I'm going to be trying to figure out who's really in charge of the PorcFest but if that person is reading, please contact me.Again, are you with me?
What is Appleseed:
Appleseed is a grass roots program popping up all over the country started by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (www.rwva.org
). The basic premise is that the health of the Second Amendment (and the country) is directly proportional to the number of active Riflemen and Riflewomen in it. Mini-Appleseed events (like this one) are basically groups getting together on their own and shooting. Full-scale Appleseed events (like what will be happening in Hartford, CT on 4/21 and 4/22) are weekend long shoots where RWVA national instructors will travel to a location and anywhere from dozens to hundreds of shooters will come to learn from them. The program has been around for a little bit over a year now, and ~1000 people have come to appleseed events so far. This year's calendar is already packed with events almost every weekend somewhere around the country.
What do we shoot:
I like to explain appleseed to other shooters as an entry level version of NRA High Power rifle -- less gear, less distance, less money, but building almost all of the same skills. It's a Junior Varsity to High Power's Varsity (living happily together) The standard course of fire is the Army Qualification Test (AQT) on scaled targets at 25 meters (simulating 100, 200, 300, 400 meter targets) in standing, sitting/kneeling and prone positions. Scoring 200 out of 250 for an "expert" Rifleman score is the basic level of proficiency we're shooting for (~4MOA, or 1" at 25 yards or 4" at 100 yards). When space, time, and skill allow we shoot long range too, but the bulk of practice is done at 25 meters.
What equipment do we use:
The single requirement is any safe, working rifle (bolt/semi/whatever) in any caliber (22lr to 30.06+) that'll reach 25 meters. If I were to suggest a rifle to get the most out of the program, it would be semiauto, mag-fed (10 round mags are fine) with iron sights but if you have something other than that, the program will bend for you. In addition, you might want to bring whatever you need to be comfortable in prone (mat/carpet/tarp and some elbow protection)