This is a discussion on Project Appleseed X4 = Rifleman within the Rifle Competition forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; Went to my fourth Project Appleseed this past weekend.
Weather was great except for a half hour of drizzle on Saturday morning but temps were ...
The 795-LTR is a ~$200 semi with very nice Tech Sights installed. But once I got to sighting in at 1st Appleseed's 25-meters decided to go glass. I did a trigger job, removed the magazine safety and made/installed a sling shot bolt release spring. Redfield See-Through rings & 32mm Vortex allow use of the irons w/o removing the scope. I'll try to remember to take a pic and post. The combination gets lots of attention at the range for a mere 22LR.
I am doing my first Appleseed this April in Harvard, MA. Will be using my Ruger 1022 with Techsights. Will be using CCI Std Velocity ammo. Already got it zeroed for 25m on a one inch square. Right now off a bench I can keep every hit in the square but I know that's not how it will be on the course.
From your four attempts I'd be grateful for any insight regarding what to work on and pay more attention to.
I know your question was directed at the OP, but as an instructor and one who has been affiliated with the program for almost ten years now, I can say just have a good "teachable attitude" and be prepared to shoot in the prone, sitting and standing positions, with a sling.
Sounds like you are on the right track, your rifle is zero'd and you know rifleman fundamentals in breaking the shot.
I usually shoot at least one AQT along with the students, just to show that we can "talk the talk and walk the walk"!
What 4570govt said - be teachable. That is, no "I know how to do this", no "I don't like to do it your way, I'll do it my way", no "that special instruction is for the others not me", no "I learned shooting from ___ and that was not how it is done" - Leave that stuff at home.
You are to be commended in my view. Appleseed instructions recommend having a sighted rifle ready to go - if possible. In the four I've attended, very few people's guns were ready. That meant instructors spend time getting others set up, delays in getting instruction, practice and then less AQTs completed. Kudos to you!
I always try to be standing behind my shooting mat as fast as possible, loaded magazines, ready for the next cycle. Yes, I'm that guy! I think it helps move things along and somewhat pulls others along as well. So if the Shoot Boss (SB) has not said what's the next mag prep (load out) I ask, "5 rounds?" or "2+8?" or "10?". Helps keep things moving IMHO . And for me it gives me time to think about the next cycle. I have a couple minutes to stand there and think about what I need to work on while others prep magazines or whatever. I've even helped clear the line or help in other ways to keep the pace up.
Bring plenty of water, some Gatorade, some light snacks and a light lunch (no 18" deli-monster w/dble cheese). Bring a Sharpie. Bring a bottle of Advil or the like.
I always have a spare mag of 10 rounds in my pocket. If something goofs, I have more than enough to complete the entire cycle and not loose out.
A boresnake & small brass brush you can take to the line and run quickly during a cycle's prep time. I have not had a chance to do a good cleaning unless I was willing to skip a cycle (I don't want that). So after lunch each day I run the brush in the receiver & snake the barrel once or twice before the SB says, "Shooter's, your preparation time has ended".
For now: I would HIGHLY recommend getting into each position standing (off hand), seated/kneeling and prone, at home with a safed weapon, a few times each week for 15? minutes. Put a post-it note with a 1/4" marker-dot on a far wall and try to hold steady without muscle tension, then try trigger pulls. Basically "dry fire" from each position.
Watch some of the YouTube vids of people at shoots. Kind of gives you some preview of what is to come.