Skip to comments.Largest Marksmanship Event on the Planet (The Appleseed Project)
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
I have read Fred’s column in Shotgun News for quite a while.
Come on folks ,get out there and shoot.You’re country NEEDS you.Are we as good as are forefathers?
List of currently planned locations:
Ramah , CO
Castle Rock, WA
Corpus Christi, TX
Coeur d’Alene, ID
El Paso, TX
Glade County, FL
Hernando County, FL
Osage Beach, MO
Oxford, (Wichita) Kansas
Raton, NM (NRA Whittington Center)
San Bernardino, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Top ten places that will never experience a killing spree, robbery or a terrorist attack.
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.
...Hernando County, FL
I’ll be “On Lexington Green with Captain Nathaniel Parker” in San Luis Obispo as an instructor.
Too bad the only Pendacola date is at a really bad time.
Ping for a great program!
Ping for a great program!
In the Black BTTT!
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/
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.
meh... Maybe next year.
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.
Have to check this OUT!!!!
Black powder rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!