Project Appleseed

Your Appleseed State Board => North Dakota (MrFixit) => Topic started by: ndrifleman on November 29, 2010, 02:25:01 PM

Title: Gun Show Report--WITH PICTURES!
Post by: ndrifleman on November 29, 2010, 02:25:01 PM
The Minot Gun Show this Saturday (Nov. 27) was a success for the ND branch of Project Appleseed!  There was a lot of interest from people across the state, most of whom had not heard of the program although several did refer to Fred's column in Shotgun News.  I gave away plenty of brochures and flyers in addition to a few chamber flags.  The latter were a hot item for some people because they had seen them used as various competitions but didn't have their own.  I hadn't seen it mentioned before, but I would recommend having some on hand to pass out.  A banner would have been nice.

That's me in the picture, but my brother, Andrew, joined me at the booth.  He isn't an IIT yet but he looks good in an AS shirt and an Orange Hat.  

I was also introduced to the President of the Williston Gun Club, who offered to help get some shoots on the schedule after the 1st of the year.  He was very positive about Appleseed, and had already heard about the program.
Title: Re: Gun Show Report--WITH PICTURES!
Post by: AFTERMATH on November 29, 2010, 07:05:29 PM
Look!  Pictures!  It did happen! :o


Way to go!  You'll have them Dakotans starving for Appleseeds in no time!

 O0
Title: Re: Gun Show Report--WITH PICTURES!
Post by: sparks1 on November 29, 2010, 08:20:28 PM
Great job !!! Getting the information out is huge. I like the way you did the layout. Very eye catching, A banner wasn't necessary...IMHO.

I foresee having to do some traveling out west for a few Appleseeds next summer. I'll have to bring my tent stakes. Last time I about blew away.  :wb: :wb:
Title: Re: Gun Show Report--WITH PICTURES!
Post by: hawkhavn on November 29, 2010, 08:48:54 PM
NDRifleman,

Way to take the initiative and run with it!
Any tips or tricks you can pass along to the folks that have not done one yet?

HH
Title: Re: Gun Show Report--WITH PICTURES!
Post by: TruTenacity on November 29, 2010, 10:58:53 PM
Great work!  Thanks for posting pictures.  It provides ideas for others working Gun shows.

TT
Title: Re: Gun Show Report--WITH PICTURES!
Post by: ndrifleman on November 30, 2010, 10:11:02 PM
The most important realization was that it is actually difficult to get people to take brochures or flyers--you need to virtually force it into their hand.  Of all the people that walked by, to my knowledge only three or four actually took the initiative and took a brochure.  Everybody else, I had to watch for the slightest interest on their face and then say, "Have you heard of Project Appleseed before?"

"HUH???" (They lean forward)

"Project Appleseed is a nationwide program of rifle marksmanship and history instruction (said as you are passing a brochure).  We teach everything you need to know to keep all your shots in a 20" target at 500 yards, all the while connecting it to the story of Lexington and Concord where we first whipped the Redcoats."

A few guys were old Marines from Vietnam (one a sniper) who knew all the techniques, but were enthusiastic to see the tradition being passed on.  One was interested in becoming an instructor so I took his contact info.

Like I mentioned, it was nice to have chamber flags to pass out instead of the usual pens or candy.

Several guys did a double take on the "Revolutionary War Veterans Association" label on the shirts.  "you know they're all dead, right?"

Reply:  It depends which revolutionary war you're talking about.  (It's in the hearts and minds of people)