Project Appleseed is something that I found by accident one day last August. I took my son and we went to Carmi, Illinois to participate in what turned out to be one of the best days of shooting that I have experienced in a long time. Below is a description of what Project Appleseed is. There are links to their websites at the bottom of this page. This was taken from the Project Appleseed Forum, without permission, and is credited to Appleseed.
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It was started by some average American rifle owners who recognized that the uniquely American skill of being a marksman, a master of ones rifle, is slipping away in our culture today. Who also understood marksmanship was not only unique as a traditional skill to America, but also instrumental in the founding and preservation of our nation. It was the “can do, will do” spirit of the early Americans that established this nation. That same spirit, which is needed to sustain this nation in the spirit of liberty won for us by our forebears. They understood the American Rifleman is a wonderfully unique American Tradition, which became a rich heritage by being instrumental in preserving and establishing our nation. The spirit of the American Rifleman runs in the veins of each American. Each American who chooses, can be a Revolutionary War Veteran…
The traditional “Rifleman’s Quarter Mile” is the ability to accurately shoot targets out to 500 yards – or more. Our Rifleman ancestors were capable of 250-yard “pumpkin shots” from the first days of the Revolutionary War. With the arrival of smokeless powder, that skill was extended out to 500 yards. It’s a uniquely American skill, something recognized by sharpshooters around the world throughout the last 230+ years of American History.
Neither Riflemen nor marksmanship exists in a vacuum. The RWVA also has the goal of preserving our American Heritage, the one which began on April 19th, 1775. Far too many modern Americans have no appreciation or understanding of the choices and sacrifices made on that day on their behalf by the Founding Generation. While we may have learned a little in school about the Founding Fathers, some big names in history, we have very little knowledge and appreciation of what the average early Americans did for us.
These “average Americans” (they were far from average by our standards today) were the farmers, mechanics, blacksmiths, cobblers, teachers and preachers of their time. They would be your neighbors, if they lived today. They made choices, on our behalf, which secured the Freedoms and Liberties we enjoy today. These choices seem right and natural to us today, and even taken for granted, as we have the hindsight of 230+ years to view them through. Those Americans who stood on Lexington Green and advanced on Concord’s North Bridge did not have the benefit of hindsight to guide their actions. They relied upon their understanding of their natural rights, and the hope their actions would decide the future for millions to come, in the generations after theirs.
The volunteers of RWVA are dedicated to preserve and spread our Rifleman Traditions and Heritage across the nation through the Appleseed Project. You can learn more about the Appleseed Project by reading on and following the links below.
This remarkable program has established not only a good track record but an amazing growth record over just the past four years:
*2006, the first year of the Appleseed Project, there were 18 Appleseed events, nation-wide, with just over 1000 participants.
*2007 saw 47 Appleseed events and nearly 1900 participants.
*2008 had 138 Appleseed events, nation wide, and about 3700 participants.
*2009 will see nearly 400 Appleseed events, in 46 different states, and an anticipated 10,000 participants.
For the future, the goal is to more than double each and every year. With millions of Americans who are longing to connect to their Heritage and Traditions (some of whom may not even know what that “emptiness” is that they feel), the volunteers of Appleseed are dedicated to bring the spirit of the Revolutionary War Veterans to those across this nation.
The RWVA volunteers continue to share our American Traditions and Heritage with other volunteer Americans all across this nation. They gather more dedicated Americans who, like those first Americans, and the first volunteers of RWVA, have an appreciation of our Traditions and Heritage. These average Americans step up, in each state of the nation, to help bring Project Appleseed to their fellow Americans, their friends, and neighbors.
Through this 100% volunteer effort, the RWVA hopes to share that early American Rifleman’s Spirit with as many Americans as they can reach, in as short a period as possible. They expect there will be nearly 800 Appleseed events in 2010, with more than 20,000 Americans joining them at the ranges and in the fields across America, to honor and preserve the very spirit and Heritage which we share with our Founding Generation.
To learn more about Project Appleseed visit these websites: