Appleseed is well worth the effort
This weekend was the long awaited Appleseed rifle clinic in Ramseur, NC. I have been planning one going for quite a while now. I bought my 10-22 rifle with money made by selling the Gunwalker T-Shirts, and decided to fill it full of aftermarket parts to turn it into a Liberty Training Rifle. After that, it was just a matter of making time to go. Since Chris and Heather of Arma Borealis moved to South Carolina, they suggested that we make it a blogger group and go to the Ramseur range, the home range of the Appleseeds.
In the end, we had 8 people.
Arms are the Mark of a Free Man
Appleseed is a lot of work. You’re going to spend a lot of time on the firing line, shooting at some pretty small targets. The concentration necessary to do well is pretty wearing, but in the end, it will be worth it.
That’s me receiving my Rifleman’s patch from Walter. This is the third test (AQT) that I shot, and I scored 232 out of 250. Minimum score to pass is 210. I shot it again twice on Sunday with Bob Reynold’s AR-15 and scored 225 both times. I think that once you get the hang of it, it gets easier.
Out of our group of 7, we had 4 people qualify Rifleman, Me, Mr. Knightbane, Heather, and Bob Owens. Chris shot a 209 several times, but could never find that last point to put him over the top. Mrs. Knightbane made progress, but will need to return to shoot some AQTs, and Arms are the Mark of a Free Man just need a few more tries to get it.
If you get a chance to go to an Appleseed, go. It’s a good time, especially if you bring some friends with you. Pay attention to the rifle requirements. It is certainly possible to shoot a bolt action rifle, but you will be much happier with a 10-22 and a bag of ammo.
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