Project Appleseed

About

Project Appleseed is non-profit, non-partisan rifle marksmanship and American heritage program.  We focus on teaching the skills in order to get good, first time hits on a 20” target at 500 meters using only a rack grade rifle and ammunition, a sling and your knowledge…no rests, no bipods.  This distance is known as the traditional “Rifleman’s Quarter Mile” and has been part of America’s marksmanship repertoire since our country’s earliest days. Our instruction focuses on traditional rifle marksmanship from standing, sitting/kneeling, and prone positions. In addition, we rekindle our shared American heritage through the lens of the events on April 19, 1775 and the tough choices and heroic actions of the common American on the first day of the Revolutionary War.

Two levels of instruction are offered for the Rifleman:  Reduced Distance and Known Distance.

Our goal is to create a nation of Riflemen. We’d love for you to join us.

Governing Body

Project Appleseed, under our parent organization Revolutionary War Veterans Association, consists of  a nationwide community of volunteers) who are committed to upholding the values and principles of America’s founding fathers.  We use rifle marksmanship instruction as a gateway to help bring our nation’s history to life and to show that many of the values that our forefathers relied on to win our independence are still very much in demand today.  Our instructors, while volunteers, have all scored “Rifleman” (shooting at least 210 out of 250 possible points on our Appleseed Qualification Test) and have completed over 160 hours and 5 practical tests in order to effectively teach the skills to become a Rifleman.

How A Match Is Run

Project Appleseed events are typically two-day programs that teach the rifle marksmanship skills that were once commonly practiced in America.  During breaks, we’ll tell you the true story of the earliest days of our nation, including the detailed events of April 19, 1775. You may be surprised by what you hear.

Whether you’ve never fired a rifle before or you’re already a competitive shooter, no one who comes to a Project Appleseed event ever leaves the same. The new skills, history, and friendships are inspiring and life-changing.

Divisions

Project Appleseed – Reduced Distance Rifleman Instruction (25 meter range)

Project Appleseed offers Reduced Distance 1 and 2-day events at a 25 meter range throughout the year.  This module develops the fundamental building blocks required to get good hits out to 500 meters, but teaches these skills at 25 meters using scaled targets to simulate distance.  This approach allows a great amount of shooting drills and builds all the skills required for long distance, without concerns for trajectory or wind compensation. Youths (under 18) are welcome with an attending adult. 

Instruction focuses on:

  1. Safe gun handling
  2. How the Revolutionary War started and was won (Spoiler alert: grit, determination and superior marksmanship)
  3. Proper use of a rifle sling (USGI Sling)
  4. Standing, sitting/kneeling, and prone positions
  5. Six Steps to Firing a Shot
  6. Natural Point Of Aim (NPOA)
  7. Sight adjustments
  8. Skill-building drills
  9. A chance to earn the coveted Rifleman patch by scoring at least 210 of a possible 250 points on the AQT

Project Appleseed – Known Distance (KD) Rifleman Instruction (500 yard range)

Reduced Distance Rifleman Instruction is a prerequisite to attending a Known Distance Rifleman Instruction event

A “Known-Distance Appleseed” is a weekend-long program that unlocks the secrets of shooting out to 400 yards.  In addition to refreshing your skills already mastered in our Reduced Distance Rifleman Instruction, the course covers target detection and ranging, measuring and compensating for wind, scopes and reticles, MOAs and mils, boxing your sights, battle-sight zero and come-ups, and much more.

Since this material requires previous exposure to the skills taught at a Reduced Distance Appleseed, only students who have been to at least one Appleseed can attend a “KD Appleseed.” Experienced shooters will find that shooting successfully at “Rifleman distances” is a major confidence builder and an opportunity not to be missed!

Instruction will focus on:

  1. Skills from the Reduced Distance Rifleman Instruction (You must have been through a Project Appleseed Instruction to take this event.)
  2. Target identification
  3. Range estimation
  4. Shot trajectory (ballistics)
  5. Adjusting sights/optics for various ranges
  6. Wind estimation and compensation
  7. Skill-building drills
  8. A chance to earn the “Long Range” rocker for the coveted Rifleman patch by scoring at least 210 of a possible 250 points on the KD AQT

Equipment

Participants will need to bring their own firearm (Centerfire or .22 Rimfire, KDs require a Centerfire), USGI Sling, shooting mat, ammunition, food, drink, ear protection, and eye protection. See https://appleseedinfo.org/how-to-prepare/ for a full list of suggested and required items. If needed, there may be an option to borrow a rifle, please contact registrations@projectappleseed.net if needed.

Fees

Project Appleseed – Reduced Distance Rifleman Instruction (25 meter range)

Prices subject to change, please check https://appleseedinfo.org/ for current rates.

Adult: $65 

Youth (under 18): $25

Military Active/Reserve & Guard, LEO, Disabled, Re-enactors in period dress, & Elected officials w/ID/Proof: $25

Range fees are waived for SKSC members, non-members range fees are $20 for the weekend.

Project Appleseed – Known Distance Rifleman Instruction (500 yard range)

Prices subject to change, please check https://appleseedinfo.org/ for current rates.

Adult: $95

Youth (under 18): $35

Military Active/Reserve & Guard, LEO, Disabled, Re-enactors in period dress, & Elected officials w/ID/Proof: $35

Range fees are waived for SKSC members, non-members range fees are $20 for the weekend.

Registration

Registration & Sign-up here:

 (Note: the events at SKSC are listed under “Dorr” event “Appleseed” or “Appleseed – KD” on the Michigan schedule page.)

These events are open to members and non-members, who are U.S. Citizens or a Permanent Resident Aliens.

Dates

For currently scheduled dates see: https://appleseedinfo.org/schedule/?qstate=MI&state=Michigan

(Note: the events at SKSC are listed under “Dorr” event “Appleseed” or “Appleseed – KD” on the Michigan schedule page.)

Safety

The event will start with a safety briefing, where the below rules will be explained. Then the line commands will be explained. All participants are expected to remember and follow the below rules and line commands.

4 SAFETY RULES

1. Always Keep the Muzzle In A Safe Direction

2. Do Not Load Until Given the “Load” Command

3. Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger Until the Sights Are On the Target

4. Make Sure Those Around You Follow the Safety Rules

SAFE RIFLE RULES

1. Magazine Out

2. Bolt Back

3. Safety On

4. Chamber Flag In

5. Rifle Grounded

6. No One Touching the Rifle

The shooter should then step back behind the Equipment Line, taking everything with him/her except his/her rifle

LINE COMMANDS

“Shooters! Your Preparation Period Begins Now!”

“Shooters! Your Preparation Period Has Ended!”

(Given during Stages 2 & 3 of the QDAQT Only) “Safeties On!”

(Given during Stages 2 & 3 of the QDAQT Only) “Stand!”

(Given during Stages 1 & 4 of the QDAQT Only) “With X Rounds, Load”

“Is the Line Ready?”

“Ready On the Right?”

“Ready On the Left?”

“All Ready On the Firing Line!”

“Fire!”

“Cease Fire! Cease Fire! Cease Fire!”

“Unload and Clear!”

“Is the Line Clear On the Right?”

“Is the Line Clear On the Left?”

“The Line Is Clear! The Line Is Clear!”

“Shooters You May Proceed Downrange To Check/Post/Score Your Targets!”

“Stand Easy!” (If Needed)

Eligibility/Prerequisite

For More Information

Visit: https://appleseedinfo.org/

Or E-mail: Amy Braat at AmySKSC@gmail.com