Some of you might be interested in this program. Project Appleseed. It mixes rifle shooting instruction, history and heritage. Here are pictures from my first Appleseed shoot which was a couple of weekends ago. It rained and rained, then it was hot. So we got wet, muddy, sweaty and had a blast. Kendall, myself, Joanne and Dave (K and I have matching shirts.. how cute... laff...laff) George Washington's squadron flag. Shooting prone. Sitting. More sitting. This was my side of the firing line. We were packed together pretty tightly. You're supposed to be laying at a 30 degree angle to the target. I'm a lefty so I was muzzle to muzzle with the guy on my left and playing footsie with the guy to my right. This is also why I wore longsleeves the Sunday. On Saturday I got several burns from hot brass sticking to my bare arms. That definitely messes with your concentration. Standing before the sitting or prone position. Having to move around and change magazines in a short amount of time made it very challenging. Psst.. Kendall, your foot is pointed wrong. Dave shooting prone. There were six of us (out of 40 shooters) that got our Rifleman patches. (one guy missing in the pic) It takes most people a couple of shoots to get a qualifying score. I got two qualifiers back to back. Woot.. go me. (you call it lucky.. I call it good. LOL. ) Here's what the scoring targets look like. (the paper, not the guy ) You shoot 10 shots standing, 10 shots where you start standing, then drop to sitting and have to change magazines, 10 shots standing to prone with a magazine change. 10 shots in prone with a magazine change. There is a time limit, which further adds a challenge to getting a qualifying score. The patch which must be earned. I highly recommend going to one of these shoots. They mix telling the history of the start of the American Revolution with the shooting. It's very interesting and inspiring. From their website: Why should you come? Well, for one thing, to see what this Appleseed stuff is all about. To find out why one well-known gun writer who was there said, "this is going to be the next big thing that nobody saw coming." Another reason... To learn to shoot a rifle to learn to shoot it just as well as your forefathers. Another reason... To hear http://appleseedinfo.org/why_april_19.html]The Story[/url] that every American should hear. About how your forebears took up arms, on the first day of the American Revolution, and did things no other people in the world have ever done. To learn things you don't learn in school, about that day. About where the Revolution really started it did not start in Lexington, nor did it start in Concord. According to John Adams, it was over before it started. Be there to hear The Story, because to hear it is to remember what they did, that day. And to remember, is to honor them for doing it. Another reason... To gather new hope for the future. To see Americans volunteer Americans not sitting around complaining: no sir, out doing something about it like saving their country, one person at a time. http://appleseedinfo.org/ It's free for women, active military, LEO's and those under 21 years old. As a side note, the feed stealing starlings are taking my newly honed shooting skills pretty hard.