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Appleseed Welcome Center => Appleseed Newsletter => Topic started by: Nero on July 11, 2013, 05:53:10 PM

Title: July - August, 2013 Newsletter
Post by: Nero on July 11, 2013, 05:53:10 PM
Welcome to the July - August, 2013 Appleseed newsletter!  (To sign up for the e-mail version, click here (

In this issue:

Beginner's Corner:  What to Buy by Nero

Marksmanship: Battle Sight Zero, or Prairie Dog Zero by ItsanSKS and Nero

Heritage: Doctor John Riker by Nero

Beginner's Corner:  What to Buy

Since you've been to an Appleseed shoot, this article probably isn't for you.  It's for your buddy, the one you want to get to a 'seed and introduce to shooting, but who may feel overwhelmed by the whole thing.  There are questions that instructors hear over and over again from new or potential shooters.  This is the first in an occasional series of articles that will try to anticipate and answer some of those questions.

So, you're thinking about an Appleseed shoot, what should you be looking to get, and where can you get it?

Ear protection

The 'snoring spouse' foam ear plugs from the drugstore will do fine if you're just shooting rimfire.  Get some cheap ear muffs from the local hardware emporium if you're shooting something heavier.  Yes, they are big and clunky, but if you decide that shooting is for you, you can get something nicer later.

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Marksmanship:  Battle Sight Zero, or Prairie Dog Zero

So what's a battle sight zero, and why should you care?  As you might guess by the name, this is another concept that Appleseed borrowed from our military.  If you find yourself on a two-way shooting range, there's no time to do a careful range estimate, consult a come-up table, dial in the appropriate number of clicks, and then take the shot.  Instead, you want one sight setting that's good enough to score a quick hit from point blank out to a reasonable range - that's your battle sight zero.

At Appleseed shoots across the nation, we work with our students to zero their rifles at 25m (82').  One of the reasons for using this range is that  it correlates to an effective Battle Sight Zero for many rifles, particular those derived from military designs.  Usually without any further adjustment, an M1, M1A, or AR-15 with military standard ammo and sights can take a 25m zero onto the range and ring steel out to about 300 yards.

That's all well and good, but what about your scoped .30-06 deer rifle?  Or, what if you aren't using military-spec ammunition?  Or how about any number of different rifle/ammo/sight combinations that would invalidate the 25m zero?  Or maybe you're shooting a rimfire at smaller game, what then?

There is a simple, yet effective means of determining a BSZ for any rifle/ammo combo, which is not only useful in itself, but is a demonstration of the minute of angle and trajectory concepts taught at an Appleseed known distance (KD) or full distance shoot.

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Heritage: Doctor John Riker

John Riker was born in New York in 1738, from an old Dutch family that lived on Riker's Island, which was named for them. Riker trained in medicine at the College of New Jersey, now called Princeton University. After graduating he married a younger woman, Susannah Fish, from his New York home, and they settled near a small town called Pennington, near the road from Princeton to Trenton, New Jersey.

Riker set up his medical practice, and he and his wife began to raise a family. His second son was only two days old on April 19th, 1775, when the Revolutionary War broke out in Massachusetts. At first, the war was far away in Boston, where the British were besieged, first by the militia and then by George Washington's Continental Army. In the spring of 1776, Washington drove the Redcoats out of Boston, and they and many Tories sailed away for Halifax. The Americans rejoiced, but Washington knew that the British had not given up. He guessed they would attack New York next. He was right.

Half the British fleet, and 30,000 soldiers and Marines arrived off New York harbor in June, 1776. They invaded Long Island, and Washington's army was routed and driven off the island. Riker's family and his wife's were now under British military rule, and would remain so for the rest of the war.

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