Appleseed shooting clinics: Reviewing and critiquing a two day rifle marksmanship course

“The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.” Sun Tsu

Training is an essential part of making calculations beforehand. It is those who have trained the most and in ways that benefit them and others that will see victory in defense of self. Part of solid training is ensuring the methods by which you train are beneficial and do not need large amounts of weeding through to find the benefit. As with all training there is a point where it is necessary to find training to improve skills learned through trial and error.

Appleseed Rifle Clinics are found across the USA and are apart of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, which is likely to see termination within the next few years due to current political approaches by all candidates running. This program was set up in 1903 as a way to ensure the youth and adults of the USA were armed and trained. In 1996 additional structures were put into place with a new act of congress. Appleseed Rifle Clinics is but one of many CMP programs that exist. Having been involved in one in Arizona for a little over two years I an honestly say the benefits far outweigh the negatives, though the politics like all things state controlled can be overwhelming at times.

My experience was overall positive, and though I ended up with the short end of the stick due to a dishonorable individual being in charge (I have evidence of this persons lying, traitorous activities and worse), the training itself is highly beneficial and I recommend it greatly. Click on the links provided for more information, or simply ask here, I will help you find a training program close to where you live now.

Here is a list of what is taught and why/how. Again I highly recommend the training as it is well worth the time and effort. Additional training can be had for ranges exceeding 600 yards from other instructors as the mathematical and rifle tactics used tend to change quite quickly the further out you go. Above all remember, if someone tells you how easy it is to hit 800+ yard targets and about all their one shot one kills past 800 yards, they are almost surely lying and should be avoided. As someone who shoots regularly and enjoys hitting targets at many distances, past 800 yards, the changes can be so radical that it is almost impossible to hit a first shot unless using the new $25,000 computer programmed scope setup or a 20mm and higher cannon.

Here is the list of training and alternative historical benefits available with Appleseed.

  1. Most of the instruction at an Appleseed is conducted at 25 meters, at reduced size targets to simulate 100 to 500 yards.
  2. At those locations that allow for actual distance shooting, participants are often able to see first hand that the skills that they learn at 25 meters directly apply to actual distances out to 500 yards.
  3. “Appleseed” comes from Johnny Appleseed, the American folk hero who toured the country, planting appleseeds so that future generations would benefit.
  4. The Appleseed Instructors will travel anywhere in the nation, bringing the proven Appleseed course, as a complete, self-contained package, to your range/club/farm, so that you and your neighbors can experience Appleseed in your back yard.
  5. We seek to do three things: teach marksmanship and respect for the tradition of such, and to preserve the knowledge of our Revolutionary War history.
  6. We seek to do three things: teach marksmanship and respect for the tradition of such, and to preserve the knowledge of our Revolutionary War history.
  7. Appleseed is content-free, so in regards to sights: you can use any. Rifles? Well, you can use any safe firearm which can be accurately shot from the shoulder, from a .22 to a .32 (8mm). We’re semi-auto and bolt-gun friendly.
  8. Appleseed is not caliber-specific. It doesn’t matter to us if you use .308, .30-06, .223, .22, 7.62×39, 8mm, .303 — they’re all fine. In fact most people opt to use a 22 rimfire such as the Ruger 10/22.
  9. Every Appleseed is unique, and the actual number of rounds will be affected by the number of shooters, the amount of available daylight, the ranges hours of the site, the weather, the course of fire (COF) selected by the instructor, and whether there is a long-range component. For guidance, figure 150 rounds on Saturday, and 250 rounds on Sunday – but bring extra, just in case.
  10. Use a SLING, a solid two point adjustable sling should be attached to your rifle!
  11. Appleseed is a 100% volunteer organization. We always need more instructors, state coordinators, and staff to handle various tasks. (As someone who volunteered for over two years, I can say that you need to be careful in this regards, there is a VERY serious political structure that is based on a variety of lies and deception. So be careful!)

If you have other questions, ask! Check out youtube for some great videos from training at Appleseed and by all means, make it a FAMILY outing!

Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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