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Largest Marksmanship Event on the Planet (The Appleseed Project)
The Appleseed Project ^ | March 2, 2009 | Fred

Posted on 03/03/2009 9:06:27 AM PST by Lusis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Largest Marksmanship Event on the Planet World Record Attempt to be Made Locally

Contact: [local name and phone number]

On April 18 and 19th, the Revolutionary War Veterans Association's "Project Appleseed" rifle marksmanship clinic will be in town at XYZ [location] for a history-making attempt at establishing a world record for the longest cumulative firing line spread over the largest land area in history - a total of 2.5 miles of firing line spread over the North American continent - from California to Florida, Texas to Minnesota, Arizona to Maine.

It will be the biggest marksmanship event held in the history of this nation - 50+ weekend Appleseeds spread over 28 states!

It will be the biggest and most wide-spread event to mark the history and heritage of rifle marksmanship and the role it played in our country's history, starting with the events of April 19th, 1775, a day "when Marksmanship met History, and Liberty was born..."

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the goal to make every American aware of the sacrifice of the Founding Generation so that the ideals and spirit of the American Revolution will not die out across this great land.

During the two-day event, participants will learn the traditional rifleman skills that have saved this country in times of peril; will hear the true Story of April 19th, 1775 (which will surprise you); and will on Sunday at a specified time, fire in concert with all the other Appleseeds across the nation, a memorial salute via a series of volleys fired to honor those who sacrificed their lives on April 19, 1775 so that we might enjoy liberty.

We expect this event to be submitted to the Guiness Book of World Records as both the "longest firing line" and the "most wide spread (continent-wide!) simultaneous shooting event" in history.

"Project Appleseed" was developed three years ago by the RWVA to promote knowledge of the Revolutionary War to modern Americans. It is named after an American folk hero, Johnny Appleseed, who traveled the land planting apple seeds - not for himself, but so future generations of Americans could enjoy apples.

Likewise, volunteer instructors of the Appleseed Project donate their time to travel the country and teach not only traditional rifle shooting skills, but the history and heritage that lies behind those skills.

So that, once they've been to an Appleseed, students will be aware of the sacrifices made by our forebears, beginning on Battle Road on Wednesday, April 19th, 1775.

They will also hear and learn

*when and where the American Revolution was won (hint: NOT when and where you think);

*the answer to "who fired the first shots at Lexington?" (yes, we do know!);

*the exact spot where the Revolutionary War broke out (hint: it was not at Lexington, nor at Concord!);

*and why we owe our freedom now to a simple skill like marksmanship.

The record attempt begins with 8:30 AM registration/sign in. Cost is $50 for one day, $80 for both days (and a free "T"). Pre-reg at www.appleseedinfo.org and save $5 for one day, $10 for both days. Some events are already sold out, so check at www.appleseedinfo.org at to location and availability of spaces on the firing line.

The RWVA encourages kids to learn their history and heritage by allowing anyone age 20 and under to attend free.

Likewise, women of any age attend free.

So, "Project Appleseed" is very family-friendly - only Dad pays, and Mom and the kids get in free...

Anyone with a military ID also shoots free.

Rifle marksmanship skills have been important in our nation's history. Like all traditions, this one included, these skills are dying out.

Part of the reason is a lack of knowledge - and thereby, appreciation - of our history and heritage.

The RWVA has crafted Project Appleseed to restore knowledge of an important part of our history - the events surrounding the very beginning of Liberty in our country - and to teach traditional skills which we allow to fade at our peril.

Appleseed began three years ago, with 18 events across the nation in 2006. It expanded to 47 events in 2007; 150+ events last year; and has a goal of 300 events nationwide, this year - and a projected goal of 600 for next year.

Appleseed is the nation's fastest growing history-teaching program - and the fastest growing rifle marksmanship program.

It is the fastest growing because Americans are flocking to Appleseeds to learn the skills and the heritage - and liking what they find, and promoting this all-volunteer program by word-of-mouth.

This year, we will greet the 10,000th "Appleseeder" to attend an Appleseed. If the program continues to grow at this pace, in 2012 we will greet the 100,000th Appleseeder.

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is headquartered in North Carolina, and may be contacted at POB 756, Ramseur, NC 27316 or on-line at www.appleseedinfo.org. The website has more information about "what to bring" and "how to prepare for Appleseed".

The RWVA is a patriotic organization; any American who attends will be welcome. Handicapped/disabled are welcome, and we will work with you to overcome and adjust to your special needs.

For more information, visit www.appleseedinfo.org


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KEYWORDS: 1776; 2a; americanrevolution; appleseed; appleseedproject; bang; banglist; concord; culture; firearms; founders; foundingfathers; guns; gunsmilitia; history; lexington; patriotsday; revolutionarywar; rkba; shallnotbeinfringed; ushistory
I just went to my first Appleseed this past weekend..it was fantastic! The history is just the cherry on top of what is a great marksmanship program. My 9yo son had a blast too.
1 posted on 03/03/2009 9:06:27 AM PST by Lusis
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To: Lusis

I have read Fred’s column in Shotgun News for quite a while.


2 posted on 03/03/2009 9:11:26 AM PST by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: Lusis

Come on folks ,get out there and shoot.You’re country NEEDS you.Are we as good as are forefathers?


3 posted on 03/03/2009 9:12:14 AM PST by roofer13
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To: Lusis

List of currently planned locations:
Manchester, TN
Allemans, PA
Amarillo, TX
Ames, IA
Athens, OH
Bennington, VT
Birmingham, AL
Ramah , CO
Castle Rock, WA
Cloverdale, IN
Corona, CA
Corpus Christi, TX
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Dulzura, CA
Davilla, TX
Elizabeth, IL
Evansville, IN
El Paso, TX
Grandfield, OK
Glade County, FL
Harvard, MA
Hernando County, FL
Holderness, NH
Kemmerer, WY
Kingsport, TN
Lafayette, IN
Lodi, WI
Midland, TX
Middlebury, VT
Myakka, FL
Osage Beach, MO
Ottawa, IL
Oxford, (Wichita) Kansas
Payson, AZ
Pensacola, FL
Piru, CA
Puryear, TN
Ramseur, NC
Ridgecrest, CA
Raton, NM (NRA Whittington Center)
Sacramento, CA
San Bernardino, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Stinson, WV
Throop, NY
Victorville, CA
Vienna, OH
Wabash, IN
Winona, MN
Yanceyville, NC


4 posted on 03/03/2009 9:15:21 AM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Lusis

Top ten places that will never experience a killing spree, robbery or a terrorist attack.

SnakeDoc


5 posted on 03/03/2009 9:15:43 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Proud Charter Member of the Republican Resistance.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Especially since most of the instructors are incredible marksmen themselves. Most of the ones at the one I went to were former military or NRA competition shooters.


6 posted on 03/03/2009 9:32:12 AM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Lusis
I'll be on the south side......

...Hernando County, FL


7 posted on 03/03/2009 9:33:46 AM PST by mcmuffin
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To: mcmuffin

I’ll be “On Lexington Green with Captain Nathaniel Parker” in San Luis Obispo as an instructor.


8 posted on 03/03/2009 9:57:44 AM PST by IsaacDavis
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To: Lusis

Too bad the only Pendacola date is at a really bad time.


9 posted on 03/03/2009 10:01:12 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: TalonDJ
Well if you can't make this one there are Appleseeds in Florida later this year, check them out here.
10 posted on 03/03/2009 10:08:53 AM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Joe Brower; bamahead

Bang


11 posted on 03/03/2009 10:19:06 AM PST by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: Lusis

Ping for a great program!


12 posted on 03/03/2009 11:08:21 AM PST by Community Organizer
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To: Lusis

Ping for a great program!


13 posted on 03/03/2009 11:08:21 AM PST by Community Organizer
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To: IsaacDavis

In the Black BTTT!


14 posted on 03/03/2009 12:45:13 PM PST by mcmuffin
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To: Lusis

I attended my first “Appleseed” event this past weekend. It was awesome! The Appleseed Program uses marksmanship training as a vehicle for reconnecting Americans with the people and events of the Founding era. It’s an effort to “wake up” Americans, get them off the couch, and have them start taking this country back. Marksmanship is the “hook” to get people to attend the events, in the hopes that once you learn about what Liberty meant to our Founding Fathers, and the price they paid, you will be motivated to do something. Run for office, write letters, post to websites, VOTE, etc.

I’ve always enjoyed shooting, but I’ve never considered myself a really good shot. On the way to the event, my brother told me he was hoping to shoot well enough to earn the “Rifleman” distinction. I told him, I was hoping for the “Most Improved” award.

The first day is a mix of learning about Revolutionary War history, and learning the basics of marksmanship. Some of the marksmanship topics that were covered were “The Six basic steps of Firing the Shot”, how to determine your N.P.O.A (Natural Point of Aim), how to sight in your rifle, Minutes of Accuracy (MOA), and different firing positions. The instructors posed some very thought provoking questions to the class. I’m paraphrasing here, but it was something like “Are Americans today as concerned with Liberty as our Forefathers?” That is something to think about. What politicians do you know that are out there actually lobbying for our liberties?

The second day contained more Revolutionary War History lessons, a review of the first day’s concepts, and more opportunities to practice your shooting.

At the end of the weekend, I shot a score of 207, just shy of the 210 I needed to make “Rifleman”. My brother made rifleman. (Congrats Bro!) I’m looking forward to going back to another one, and I’m sure that if I persist, I’ll be able to make Rifleman. I came away from the clinic with a better grasp of the basics of Marksmanship, and I have concepts that I can work on. Additionally, I not only learned more about our Nation’s history, but I learned the value of Purpose. Do everything with a purpose. Hits count. When you go to the range, have a purpose. Accept nothing less than perfection. When you go to the gym, have a purpose. Same thing at work. Set goals. Have a purpose. Make your time count. Get up off the couch, educate yourself, and make your life mean something. Go to an Appleseed and see for yourself.

For more information on Appleseed events, go to http://appleseedinfo.org/


15 posted on 03/03/2009 7:36:17 PM PST by Cheeks
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; wku man; SLB; ..
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
16 posted on 03/04/2009 5:02:50 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Lusis; All

The NRA has been doing this for generations and there’s always a monthly match near you. A lot of people get intimadated by how well the NRA members can shoot but they are also there to help the new shooters.

I also attended a Appleseed Project last spring with my son. It was pretty good. The only complaint I have is there is not time to take care of the rifle if you have to clean it after a couple of hundred shots. Bring two or more rifles if possible.

My son has his rifleman’s badge.


17 posted on 03/04/2009 5:14:23 AM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: Lusis
The one in Winona, MN is full. It's the only one in MN on the Appleseed Project's registration list.

meh... Maybe next year.

18 posted on 03/04/2009 5:29:55 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Te odeo, interfice te cochleare)
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To: roofer13
Are we as good as are forefathers?

Depends on how you want to measure that. We have the tools, quite a few of us have the skills, but we lack the WILL to use them.

19 posted on 03/04/2009 5:32:03 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Te odeo, interfice te cochleare)
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To: Lusis

WOW!!!!

Have to check this OUT!!!!

Black powder rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 03/04/2009 6:07:10 AM PST by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Shooter 2.5; All

True, the thing with Appleseed is that it’s cheaper, plus the history is a great addition to the marksmanship training. It;s a good program to introduce kids to history and firearms.


21 posted on 03/04/2009 6:18:44 AM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: All

BTW, If y’all want on an Appleseed ping list, please let me know and I’ll start one up.


22 posted on 03/04/2009 6:19:49 AM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Lusis

Please - put me on the ping list for Appleseed.


23 posted on 03/04/2009 6:35:01 AM PST by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: ZULU

gotcha.

If anyone wants to FreepMail me about one that’s fine too.


24 posted on 03/04/2009 6:56:53 AM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Joe Brower
Looks like they will have one in sacto at the range I am a member of. Will have to go check it out, looks like fun. Thanks for the ping.

have to go find myself a firearm, I guess.

25 posted on 03/04/2009 7:26:59 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Lusis

bookmark


26 posted on 03/04/2009 8:01:27 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: Lusis

Perfect timing! This will really anger the gun grabbers. Hopefully it will inspire participants to be ready for the next revolution, which will be coming to a neighborhood near you in the not so distant future!!


27 posted on 03/04/2009 10:12:12 AM PST by NRA2BFree
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To: NRA2BFree

Add me to the Appleseed Ping List.


28 posted on 03/04/2009 12:07:52 PM PST by kilowhskey ("I Carry a Gun Because I Cannot Carry A Cop.")
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To: Lusis

How do you think it’s cheaper than a NRA highpower match? I think I spent 75 dollars for the Appleseed and never spent more than 15 for a NRA match.

About fifteen years ago, I was a member of this little blackpowder gunclub. We shot a CMP match for five dollars. They lent us the Garands, gave us the ammo, clips and we were able to get the occasional ammo can. Again, for just five dollars. Because of that, I was able to buy my first Garand for 165 dollars. Then the dems cut the funding for the CMP.


29 posted on 03/04/2009 3:27:35 PM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: Shooter 2.5

In my area, the NRA Basic Rifle course costs and average of about $85 per person. At Appleseed, women and anyone under the age of 20 are free.


30 posted on 03/04/2009 3:41:33 PM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Lusis; Cheeks; ZULU; mcmuffin
ASPING

PING!
Freepmail me to be added to this pinglist!

31 posted on 03/04/2009 4:55:30 PM PST by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: Cheeks

Thanks for the report, Cheeks. Can’t wait to go!


32 posted on 03/04/2009 6:22:43 PM PST by mcmuffin
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To: Lusis

Thanks for the ping. Please keep me posted.


33 posted on 03/05/2009 6:08:23 AM PST by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Lusis
Bookmark
34 posted on 03/05/2009 6:39:50 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Depends on how you want to measure that. We have the tools, quite a few of us have the skills, but we lack the WILL to use them.

Exactly. Barring any reluctance on the part of individuals to not be the proverbial test case to get the ball into motion, there are very few who would join a real in progeress civil war due to the family traumas and inevitable personal hardships incurred from actually taking a stand against tyranny. You want an idea of this, just take a look at the eventual fates of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Sorry, I don't have that link but it is out there.

35 posted on 03/05/2009 6:47:09 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: Shooter 2.5
I was able to buy my first Garand for 165 dollars. Then the dems cut the funding for the CMP.

That is exactly what I paid for my DCM Garand. They sent it to me via the US Mail! Guess the government really is above the law.

36 posted on 03/05/2009 6:49:32 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: ExSoldier

Must be someone on this thread that can help me. My husband was recently given a gun from a family member. We are not obviously real familiar with guns so can someone tell me if this is a worthy weapon. It is a Colt Automatic Pistol, Pocket Model, Caliber .32. It has never been fired and it was manufactured in 1942.


37 posted on 03/07/2009 5:08:14 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Toespi
Depending on condition and provenance that pistol could be worth anywhere from 500 to a couple of thousand dollars.

Have it appraised.

L

38 posted on 03/07/2009 9:48:35 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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