This is a discussion on Who has attended an Appleseed? within the Rifle Competition forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; Originally Posted by AZCasper
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OP, if you have elbow pads, bring them. If you don't have any, buy some. You don't want to be in unnecessary pain and distress while on the firing line, that will hurt your scores.
Also, as others have recommended before, get into the different shooting positions before you go to the AS to get yourself comfortable and work on your NPOA. I did not do as people said and my sitting stage suffered terribly because of it. I don't shoot sitting very often (well never really) and when it came time for that stage, I was uncomfortable, didn't have a steady position, had trouble breathing, and that cost me some points. I bet if I had practiced that position more, I would have made Rifleman on the last day (scored a class best 209 that weekend).
Elbow pads are very nice to have, as is a shooting mat.
Midway USA has several house brand/models starting at +/- $30.
Ask your shoot boss via email if your shoot is going to have cover or not, if it is brutally hot or raining, your bringing a canopy of some sort could make or break your day.
I attended at Appleseed with my youngest son back in November of 2005. I attended an RBC in Feb. 2006 and became an instructor.
In April of 2006 I went to a CMP Garand Master Instructor course and Camp Perry.
I was really disappointed in the CMP class. Really. I had some questions about what they taught (based on my Appleseed/RBC experience) and got very little in the way of answers other than that's the way it's done/that's how it works.
Every now and then, while instructing at Appleseeds, I'd run into folks who'd been shooting CMP matches for years and they'd learn something that helped them shoot their rifles better.
Note: I bought some combat-type Alta knee pads & another brand of elbow pads - both with the hard plastic shells riveted to the outside. These are NOT what you want. These put a hard surface on the shooting mat or grade an create instability like bowling balls under your elbows. The pads you want are the sleeves with foam padding but no hard shell.
I shot 3 Appleseeds---first one was a Ruger 10/22 with tech sights and rec'd my Riflemans patch which is green colored. .
Second one was with a M1 Garand and rec'd my "gold" Riflemans patch. Third one was with the Ruger 10/22 again and
rec'd my "Gold" 3rd Riflemans patch.
This project is excellent for both beginners and experienced shooters. Sometimes it
is good to get back to the basics in Rifle Marksmanship which is good if you shoot
in competition from the prone, sitting and standing positions.
Get off of the Couch and go shoot one................
Appleseed marksmanship training is excellent! I did it in 2011, missed rifleman by 3 points and would have gone back and done it again had every instructor in Kansas and a good many elsewhere not quit that fall. Let's just say Fred's instructor turnover is a fluid situation based on Fred's management of the program and leave it at that. They've just recently got a Red HAt certified in the Southeast part of the state after all these years so I might do it again.
The Revwar lessons? Hmm, some of what they said in the course runs contrary to Christopher Ward's research, which is still referenced to by historians even though Ward passed in 1943. The timeline of April 19 taught seems to be historically accurate, however.
My recommendation? Do it. Shoot for your rifleman badge, have fun, enjoy the revwar stories but if they start talking to you about becoming a volunteer instructor run away like a scared little girl.