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Anyone ever go to one of these courses?
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Anyone ever go to one of these courses?
Interesting. I have actually not heard of the course.
Haven't been yet, but plan to go with the oldest boy soon.
Diesel326 has his patch. I would like to do it also.
My wife and I just signed up for one. It should be interesting. If it's any good, my daughter-in-law says she wants to go to one.
My grandson would probably like to go also, but as he's only three, I guess we'll have to wait a few more years before he gets to attend. :p
My son is going to be 8 in July, let me know about what you see when you get there!
I didn't notice it was free for LEOs. It is for women. Oh well, $70 for me is still worth it. I don't mind throwing that much to an organization like that one. They sound to be a worthwhile one with good goals. If it is a good course, I will donate to them. I did sign both of us as associate members in the RWVA.
My main concern is that my wife will shoot the course better than me. :p It'll be hard to live that down.
Correction on Five-O's free LEO detail... That actually only applies at the venue we host at the Sheriff's Office Training Facility in Columbiana. But, it is something that could catch on throughout the program.
I am an Instructor in Training with the Appleseed Project, and as noted, it is a very worthwhile cause. It is a great opportunity to learn about the intestinal fortitude that our forefathers had in standing up for what they believed. And it is also an absolutely excellent course in rifle marksmanship. Not to toot my horn, but I have been through a very high quality Basic Sniper Course, Blackwater Advanced Sniper, and a handful of other sniper courses, but I learned more about basic marksmanship at my first Appleseed than at any of the other courses I've taken. I believe that happened because at Appleseed, it is the shooter and his rifle... No bipods, sandbags, artificial supports, etc. It forces you to know yourself, your rifle, and good solid shooting positions that utilize the sling as your support system. I guarantee that if you guys go, you will learn a lot about not only marksmanship but your heritage as an American too. It is worth every penny.
I was asked to chime in.
In short, appleseed is a great way to learn about you, your rifle, and America. Its an excellent program with great instructors, who were at one time, just "Joe Shooter".
What it is:
Rifle fundamentals over a span of 2 days; sitting, standing, and prone position shooting. Dial in your scopes or irons. Speed loading, trigger control, breathing, sight picture, sling use. It is fast shooting, but they work you up to it, and the difficulty of course, is getting it in the itty bitty targets. (its really tiny).
What it is not:
Tactical course of fire; it is not magpul dynamics, nor MDTS, Blackwater, etc.There is no moving and shooting.
Comparison: Appleseed is like Highpower shooting; except without the attitude. Most everyone is new there, and people bring all sorts of gear; I've seen M1A's, AR15's, Ruger 10/22's, Bolt action 22's, lever actions, one person even bought a repro Browning BAR. Some are iron sights, some are scoped.
Bring the wife, bring the GF, bring the kids, bring friends. Everyone picks up new skills. Its a lot of fun, you meet a lot of "like minded" individuals in your area.
Well there you go... Madmax knocks it out of the park!!!
That sounds like fun.
Well.... the Appleseed Shoot went and I... me... the expert rifle rifleman for four years in a row while in the Corps and expert for another 18 with the ARNG failed . I was outraged. I was upset.
My best score was a 194. As it turns out, my new glasses seem to present a ghost image on the front sight. Since I have used an Aimpoint for the last 2- 4 years, I haven't been using my iron sights. Going to this, I took off the Aimpoint and used my iron sights.
Now... I'm seeing two front sights. And I don't know which is the actual sight. And they are both fuzzy. Not a good start into a two day rifle course.
By the time Sunday rolled around, I finally figured out I can still shoot a rifle pretty accurately, but I need to talk to the glass doctor and work out this focal point thing. Likely, she'll try to sell me on trifocals again. They sucked when she gave them to me 5 years ago, so I'll probably have to say no.
Two very positive aspects to the weekend.
One was that one of the instructors asked me if I used a computer. I said, "All of the time." He asked if I wore my glasses when I did. I don't. I take them off and move my body/head to my focal point. He suggested I bring that up to the eye doctor. Currently, my near sight is adjusted for normal book reading distance which ain't the front sight on a AR-15. :p
Never thought of that as I use the Aimpoint. Also our PD qual is 50 yards and in, so an excellent front post isn't a major issue. It's kind of hard to miss a man-sized target at 50 yards or closer. But- that is just an excuse. I ended up being shamed- to the point I've gone to the range twice after the shoot. I'm working out the eye glass thing. I have an appointment on sep-1 and we'll see if my doctor is capable of understanding what I need. Non-shooting doctors may not- in which case, I'll hunt around and find one that will.
Two was that my wife shot very well. I had gone through the basics with her on AR weapons handling quite a few times. She's a handgun shooter, and she understood the differences in the manipulation of the Bushmaster she was using. There are different things you have to be concerned to handle a rifle (granted the four safety rules always apply0and she is very safe (but she always is)nd quickly picked up on the handling the rifle like a pro. Heck, she did have a misfire and did the whole misfire drill quicker than I have ever seen. She was spot on. Some things she listens to. It may have been all that dry-fire in the living room where I used dummy rounds, but she was good.
But... and it's a big one.... she and I butt heads with training. I guess it's a common problem trying to teach your wife something. Maybe I teach at a higher level and expect her to know stuff, but she complained that all of the stuff the Appleseed instructor told her finally made sense. (Thank God for him- she finally grasped a lot more of the basic concept). I didn't think I explained it any different, but I know better than to argue with her. :p
Bottom line is that she shot the AR great. She had only shot it two times before we went. She shot a 189 as her best score.
All total- we're going to do it again. Great experience and the instructors are spot on. The range is run safely- perfect environment. I will get that rifleman patch. So will my wife. And my daughter-in-law wants to take the course, so she'll get that patch also. Count on it!