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How to Prepare for an Event

What to bring to an Appleseed Event

Due to the current ammo shortage some Appleseeds are now using a Reduced Round Count course of fire. Please read the details under Rifle specific preparations.

Not everything listed here is necessary. This list was compiled from the experience of those who have attended an Appleseed. It includes those things that did or would have made their experience more enjoyable. Remember that you need to bring whatever it takes to learn to shoot better.

Please - be sure and read the rifle specific prepartions part. Also be aware that you do not have to bring the perfect rifle. If nothing else please get a GI Sling put on your rifle. Scopes or open sights are OK - but if you're eyesight is bad we recommend a scope. Any rifle is OK - bring what you have. However we would ask that the rifle is in working condition. If you need a 'loaner' rifle we can probably help, just email us at

What Should You Bring?

Download a checklist which you can print and use.

Here is a 'Lessons Learned' brief about how to prepare that an attendee wrote as part of his experience at his first Appleseed.

Personal items

  • A teachable attitude (most important thing) **
  • Ear protection Muffs and plugs **
  • Eye protection **
  • Elbow pads or shooting Jacket
  • Ground cover (Rug remnant will work)
  • A hat
  • Little notebook (those little 2.5 X 3.5 work well)
  • Pen Not only for taking notes, but for marking your targets. A Sharpie marker is handy as well - and can mark your sights as well, so you won't lose/forget your zero.
  • Sun Screen
  • Lots of water (Must stay hydrated)
  • Light Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Folding Chair (not necessary but nice)
  • Wet wipes
  • Bug spray
  • Aspirin or Ibuprofen
  • Necessary clothing for any kind of weather

** Very important things

Rifle specific preparations

  • See the Appleseed Liberty Training Rifle document: Word Doc or PDF
  • Rifle preferably zeroed for 25 meters
  • Notice: During the present shortage of .22 ammo of all kinds, Appleseed offers a new Low Round Count Course of Fire, so that instead of the usual 400-500 rounds we suggest you bring 200 rounds. Be sure to check with the Shoot Boss of your event to see if it is an LRC event. Always, as long as this shortage lasts, if you can bring more to share with others on a cost reimbursement basis, please do so.
  • Sight adjustment tools
  • GI style web Sling (as seen here at the The Appleseed Store)
  • Two mags. 10 rds. each. Bring extra mags. if you have them. 20rds works well if State law allows
  • Gun cleaning supplies and lube
  • Instructions for your rifle (if you have them)
  • Know your rifle
  • Something to cover your rifle to keep blowing sand or rain off it.
  • Staple gun, or thumb tacks, or push-pins.
  • Staples
  • Know the laws of the State you are going to and only bring that which is within the law
  • Back-up rifle (if you have one)

Ready your equipment

1. Be prepared for blowing sand and dust, rain, mud - all those weather conditions a rifleman would have to generally put up with.
2. In event of blowing sand and dust, you'll need to totally degrease your rifle. Any lube should be a dry lube, like graphite. Be ready to protect your rifle with a plastic rifle bag or a simple waterproof wrap for the action.
3. Be ready to protect ammo and mags from the same weather. Ziplock bags are great for this.
4. Again, be prepared. You should function-test your rifle and, if possible, have it zeroed for 25 meters or 200 yards. You can also adjust your sights so your group prints 3" above point of aim at 100 yds, and mark your sights with paint, magic marker, or fingernail polish. Doing so will leave you properly sighted for the 25m AQT.
5. It's a good idea to get down into the prone position and dry-fire ten shots "by the numbers." If you will do this three times a week, you'll be way ahead of everyone else. Hey, while you're at it, put a GI web sling on your rifle, and get it adjusted so it supports the rifle in prone, too.
6. Practice at home is a GREAT way to prep for arriving at the range. By doing so your range time will be FAR more productive.

** Due to a gun industry safety bulletin, .17HMR semi-autos are not recommended.

** Due to a number of out of battery discharges the Smith & Wesson M&P 15/22 are not allowed at an Appleseed.

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