Some of you may consider this worthy of the S&P forum, others may not. My wife and I, plus two female cousins attended the Appleseed shoot in Annapolis MD last weekend. Beautiful weather, nice people and a good time all around. If you have not attended any type of rifle marksmanship training in the past you may find Appleseed training beneficial. I've only been shooting for about 5 years and never had any formal rifle training. I learned a bunch and I certainly improved over the course of the weekend. The price is fantastic, $70/guy, $10/gal. These prices cover both days. Day one stared with a few targets just to calibrate each shooter and to see if they could at least achieve some groups with their rifle. Some instruction on natural point of aim followed to tighten groups. Once everybody was shooting some sort of groups we went over MOA as related to scope and/or iron sights adjustments. We also went over MOA and distance from target from between 100 - 500 yards out. I've never learned how to use a sling and I was very happy that they included instructions on how to use the basic GI sling. Appleseed teaches the hasty sling from standing and the loop sling from seated/kneeling and prone. After most getting some sort of groups and then getting their scopes/sights dialed in we started working on the Army Qualification Targets (AQT). Ten shots standing within 2 minutes at a simulated 100 yards, 10 shots transition from standing to seated in 55 seconds at a simulated 200 yards, 10 shots transition from standing to prone in 65 seconds at a simulated 300 yards, and finally 10 shots prone, slow fire, in 5 minutes at a simulated 400 yards. All targets were at 25 meters and were just smaller to simulate longer distances. The 200 and 300 yard timed portions were done with two magazines loaded with 2 and 8 rounds so each included a magazine change. Day two spent the morning with a quick review of groups and adjustments from day one since we had two new shooters come to the 2nd day only. The remainder of the day was spent with lots of AQTs, a few redcoat targets and some fun and unique drills that all found helpful. Interwoven throughout both days were small history breaks that concentrated on the events of April 19th, 1775. Some very interesting material and well placed to break up all the shooting. For those of us on the wrong side of 50 the breaks were a welcome relief from some of the prone shooting as my neck was getting some kinks. The only downside for me was that I didn't earn my rifleman patch last weekend. Minimum score was 210 and my best were 192, 192, 191 and 190. I was shooting a Marlin 795 outfitted with tech sights and a GI sling, one of the standard builds suggested as a Liberty Training Rifle (LTR) by Appleseed. I'm curious to know how much better, if any, my scores would have been with a scope but I'd much rather earn the patch with iron sights. We had 12 people attend over the weekend, 7 did both days, 3 did only day one, and 2 did only day two. Three people earned their rifleman patch last weekend. All three had scopes by the way. I think the best score of the weekend was a 232 but don't quote me on that. If you want a nice, low pressure, relaxing weekend, with good people I think you'll find an Appleseed shoot a hard bargain to beat. I plan on going back in the fall and I plan on getting that patch. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!