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Frequently Asked Questions

What is 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 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.

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. Project Appleseed is designed to ensure the next generations will the benefit of the same Liberties as the generations before them.

Why the "Nationwide Tour?"

The Appleseed Instructors will travel anywhere in the nation, bringing the proven Appleseed course, as a complete, self-contained package, to your range/club/farm, so that you and your neighbors can experience Appleseed in your back yard.

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.

What is the cost to attend a Project Appleseed event?

The cost is surprisingly affordable. Please see our pricing page.

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 recommend 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, 7.62x39, 8mm, .303 — they're all fine. In fact most people opt to use a 22 rimfire such as the Ruger 10/22. 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.

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.

Do I need a sling?

Yes. An USGI web sling, like for the M1 Garand or M14 are cheap and easy to use, we recommend you consider getting one.

Can I use a bipod?

Yes, however a riflemans patch will not be awarded if an expert shot is scored while using a bipod. We teach a basic driving class, so we want you to learn to drive stick shift — that means with a sling, not a bipod. We also encourage you to use iron sights, but optics are okay. However we do allow a bipod if you absolutely need to use one. And for some of our younger students we suggest using a bipod or we'll set them up on sandbags.

Do you have a checklist of things to do in preparation?

Yes. Click here and you'll find several articles of interest. We encourage you to show up prepared: rifle cleaned and lubed, and fully broken in (a few hundred rounds having been fired with it).

Hey Fred, I've got a friend who's not on the Internet...can they still sign up?

Of course! You can either register online for them (preferred) or use our Snail Mail form.

Is that all it's about? Learning to shoot?

No, and as a matter of fact, marksmanship is not the primary goal of Project Appleseed. We have a strong belief that many Americans today have forgotten the tremendous gift our Founding Fathers left us. Too many of our neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers are inclined to sit on the couch and do nothing - they don't even vote, let alone keep tabs on their elected officials! To us, the nation is like a ship in danger of sinking - sinking into a dark sea of civic irresponsibility. By reminding our fellow citizens of the great sacrifice of our forebears and what they left for Posterity, we hope to re-awaken the sleeping American and encourage him or her to be more civic-minded.

We'll also teach you to shoot a rifle, like your forebears. But more than that, the veterans of the Revolutionary War want you to understand the necessity of getting others to an Appleseed and helping to bail on this sinking ship. And we want you to do it stimulated, encouraged and inspired by your attendance at one of our shoots. Because Appleseed means Hope - not only for America, but for YOU.

Did you say "basic" class?

Some may say "basic", but a better term might be foundational. What we call Basic Skills are now considered advanced in this day and age. The skills taught at Appleseed are Traditional American Rifleman skills that have been unique throughout the history of this country. The American Rifleman is capable of shooting a 20" target out to 500 yards, or a milk jug at 250 yards, using a standard, rack grade rifle, surplus ammo, iron sights, from field positions, this is what your forefathers were capable of. These skills transfer to any kind of shooting and while they should be considered "basic" to most Americans, they are more often seen as "advanced" by today's shooters....This is what Appleseed is trying to change.

Does coming to an Appleseed shoot qualify as the marksmanship activity I need in order to obtain a CMP M1 Garand or 1903A3 rifle?

Yes. So, if you'd like to get a real piece of history, while at the same time learning to shoot it, sign up for an Appleseed shoot. While you're at it, sign up for a $20 associate RWVA membership to support Appleseed (and meet the CMP-club membership requirement).

Can I sign up and be squadded with my buddies?

Of course you can. You can even be squadded up with your Internet buddies that you've never actually met. If you are on TheHighRoad, ARFCOM, Frugal Squirrels, or any Internet group, simply put the info on your application, and we'll put you together on the line. So get together on the Net with your Internet buddies, get everyone fired up to come, tell 'em to mark their apps, and be confident that we'll make sure you'll have them on your left and right sides when the firing starts!

I'd like to bring my son, how old do kids need to be to come to an Appleseed?

We leave this up to the parents. If your child is old enough to safely handle a rifle by himself/herself and endure a long day of instruction he/she is welcome to attend and encouraged. Be aware that some State laws require that a child be a certain age to handle rifle.

I'm trying to get my wife to come, will there be other women there?

More than likely yes! We even have an ever increasing number of female instructors.

How come there are no Appleseeds close to my home?

Well the short answer is, you haven't set one up. Appleseed relies on people instrested in having an Appleseed close to home to get the ball rolling in their area. We'll help you with the how to's and other details when you contact us.

How far ahead can I sign up?

As far ahead as you want. As soon as events become final they are posted on our schedule and ready for registration. If you don't see one close to you now, keep checking back, shoots are added almost daily.

Should I practice before I come?

Most of the events take place at 25 yards. If you have a .22 rimfire try and zero it at 25 yards. If you have a centerfire it would be a good idea to zero your rifle 3" high at 100 yards or dead center at 25 yards. However if you do not know how to zero your rifle we do teach how to do that at an Appleseed.

Then clean and lubricate your rifle before your Appleseed. It would also be a good idea to get in the prone position at home, and dry-fire 10 "shots" 3 times a week to stretch your body out. That'd be one less thing to worry about on the day of the shoot.

I signed up for an Appleseed but found one closer to my home, can I change my registration?

Yes. You can get your registration moved to another shoot. You will need to contact us at and explain what shoot you are registered for and which one you would like to move too. Include the names of all those to be moved.

I am unable to make it to the Appleseed I signed up for, can I get a refund?

Appleseed will refund tickets for cancelled events. However Appleseed does not refund tickets for events that have not been cancelled as this creates staffing problems. We will allow for a transfer to another event. In certain circumstances we will also refund a purchase, but that is not normally done.

I signed up for a membership will I get a membership card?

Yes, if you signed up online you should receive your membership card in the mail in about 3-4 weeks. If you mailed it in, expect a much longer wait since that is a completely manual process.If you haven't received your card within that time frame let us know at our memberships email address.

How long is my Membership good for?

Most memberships are 1 year from the month you purchased it, however we do have 5 year and life memberships available online under the membership option.

I love your program how can I help?

Appleseed is a 100% volunteer organization. We always need more instructors, state coordinators, and staff to handle various tasks. Please contact us and we'll find a good fit for you.

Do you rent rifles to use at Appleseeds?

No, we don't rent rifles. Loaner rifles and other equipment may be available at your event, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you find yourself in need of loaner equipment, please send an email to Appleseed Loaners, letting us know what equipment you will need, and the specific event you will be attending, and we will attempt to provide equipment that you may borrow for the event.

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