Monday, April 23, 2012
I am back. I went to Appleseed training this weekend and came out a Rifleman. I gotta hand it to these guys. They took a complete greenhorn (me) and turned me into a Rifleman in two days. These results are not typical, though. I think maybe I have a good eye for shooting. For others, it might take you a couple Appleseed events. The head instructor told me it took him 10 events to qualify as Rifleman.
The instructors were really nice, and professional, and very safety minded. The instruction alternates with a history lesson about the Revolutionary War, mostly the battles of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill. The point of this is to illustrate that the colonists won those battles because in part they had been training in marksmanship for about a year prior, and to marvel at their sacrifice and bravery in facing what was at the time the best trained and equipped army in the world.
They don't get into modern day politics at all, but they urge you at the end to get involved with your community, and get involved in politics yourself, whatever your favorite flavor.
Ladies, if you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a rifle, and you can deal with being outdoors all day for two days, flopping on your belly occasionally to shoot from prone, this training is FREE for ladies. I still had to pay 10 bucks for range fees, but big whoop. Men, it's only 70 bucks, which is less than $5 per hour for top notch instruction. I would also recommend this for teenagers or preteens. There were four young ladies there the first day with their dads.
We've got a wonderful thing in this country. There aren't too many countries left in the world where people can bear arms outside the military.
Whoops, I almost forgot to put a link. http://www.appleseedinfo.org/index.html