Project Appleseed

Appleseed is a program that instructs Americans on the traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, along with reconnecting today’s Americans with the people and events of the Founding era. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are required to allow a Rifleman to be accurate out to 500 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammo. This is the traditional ‘Rifleman’s Quarter mile’, which is an uniquely American Rifleman skill, that has been part of this nation from the very first days.

Project Appleseed Junior Patriots

 Junior Participants at Ancient City Shooting Range

Most of the instruction at an Appleseed is conducted at 25 meters, at reduced size targets to simulate 100 to 500 yards. This well proven technique allows us to concentrate on the shooter’s mechanics and less time walking a range. At those locations that allow for actual distance shooting, participants are often able to see first hand that the skills that they learn at 25 meters directly apply to actual distances out to 500 yards. These foundational skills are not being passed on to future generations, and so Appleseeds are great for new or experienced shooters alike.

Why “Appleseed?” “Appleseed” comes from Johnny Appleseed, the American folk hero who toured the country, planting appleseeds so that future generations would benefit. The Appleseed Project is designed to ensure the next generations will the benefit of the same Liberties as the generations before them.

What’s your real agenda? We seek to do three things: teach marksmanship and respect for the tradition of such, and to preserve the knowledge of our Revolutionary War history. That’s all we’re about, plain and simple. We believe that if we teach it, it’ll wake our fellow Americans…and an awake America is an America that cannot be defeated. We want freedom to ring strong. We want Lady Liberty to be safe.

Being a Rifleman means more than accurate shooting. It means a love of liberty, a respect for our forefathers, and an acknowledgement of the debt of honor we owe to them. We believe this debt can never fully be paid back, but we believe that by keeping the faith and passing our teachings on it will certainly reflect our ability to pay what we can and fulfill the obligation we have to future generations to pass on a nation that is as free as the one we inherited.  — by Casey Lane

Project Appleseed
Rifle Marksmanship Course

Brought to you by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association

Would you like to be able to make hits out to 500 yards with YOUR rifle?

  • Learn the “Six steps to firing the shot.”
  • Learn correct firing positions and proper sling use.
  • Hear some little-known Revolutionary War history and reaffirm your heritage.
  • Become a more influential citizen and make America a better place by using “The Seventh Step.”

What you should bring:

  • A desire to learn and improve
  • Centerfire or .22 rimfire rifle, or both
  • Scope OK. Sling recommended
  • 250 rds of ammunition per day, per rifle
  • Eye/ear protection. Mat or ground cloth
  • Hat, sunscreen and FRIENDS!

What you can expect:

  • New shooters – learn the fundamentals and make quick progress
  • Experienced Shooters – learn techniques to tighten your groups
  • Expert Shooters – polish your shooting AND teaching skills
  • Everyone – have a GREAT time!

Ammunition, eye & ear protection, rifle slings and refreshments available for purchase at the range.

Attendees said:

“… [spent] time doing something fun with my son
…I am so proud of him!”

“… had a terrific time with my wife and we are looking forward
to our next Appleseed.”

“… received more quality instruction in two days
than I’ve had in four years on active duty!”

Registration available online:  Register for appleseed

Pre-register today and save! Add’l $10 daily range fee payable onsite day of the event

Walk-on fees are $80.00 for two days, or $50.00 for one day (space permitting)

Attendees are responsible for determining applicable firearms laws of the host state and for travel.

Rimfire and centerfire (to .32 caliber) NO TRACER, NO AP


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What kind of rifle do I need? What kind of sights are allowed? Appleseed is content-free, so in regards to sights: you can use any. Rifles? Well, you can use any safe firearm which can be accurately shot from the shoulder, from a .22 to a .32 (8mm). We’re semi-auto and bolt-gun friendly. The important thing is that it works, so before you come to a shoot make sure you clean it, break it in (if need be), and lube it properly in preparation for the day. Due to the high cost of ammo, we reccommend using a .22 for the training on Saturday and if the range you are shooting at has a long distance range, then bring your center fire rifle for that on Sunday.

What caliber is best? In a nutshell:  they all are. Appleseed is not caliber-specific. It doesn’t matter to us if you use .308, .30-06, .223, .22, 7.62×39, 8mm, .303 — they’re all fine. Marksmanship and caliber are independent of each other. If you’re a good marksman, you’ll be able to hit with any caliber. So, if you have an AR-15, SKS, or 10/22 please feel free to join us. And when you bring your kids (up to age 20 shoots free)

How much Ammo will I need? Every Appleseed is unique, and the actual number of rounds will be affected by the number of shooters, the amount of available daylight, the ranges hours of the site, the weather, the course of fire (COF) selected by the instructor, and whether there is a long-range component. For guidance, figure 150 rounds on Saturday, and 250 rounds on Sunday – but bring extra, just in case.