Friday, April 24, 2009

Project Appleseed 04-18-09

Project Appleseed, brought to you by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA) is designed to take you from being a simple rifle owner to being a true rifleman. All throughout American history, the rifleman has been defined as a marksman capable of hitting a man-sized target from 500 yards away — no ifs, ands or buts about it. This 500-yard range is traditionally known as "the rifleman's quarter-mile;" a rifleman can hit just about any target he can see. This skill was particularly evident in the birth of our country, and was the difference in winning the Revolutionary War.
This past Saturday (April 18) Project Appleseed honored the Battle at Lexington - The Shot Heard 'Round The World - by hosting a multi-state shoot, and the largest simultaneous marksmanship event on the planet. It was pretty interesting and awe-inspiring. There were at least 35-40 people who attended the day long shoot and weekend event at the Hartford Gun Club in East Granby, CT. They were joined by 50 other events across 28 states. The simultaneous shoot of 13 rounds were fired at 4:00PM EST to honor the 13 colonies and the names of those colonists killed at Lexington Green were read aloud.

Here are my photos from the recent Appleseed Project rifle shoot at the Hartford Gun Club commemorating the battle of Lexington.

Here (below) is a video of the simultaneous shoot of 13 rounds that were fired at 4:00PM EST
. The video starts with a preparation period, and then 1:50 into the video begins the rounds dedicated to every colonist that was killed at Lexington Green. Shots were fired as names were read aloud.

The Appleseed Project, which is volunteer Americans teaching other Americans to shoot, along with some American history, is part of the non-profit Revolutionary War Veterans Association. Their goal is to make every American aware of the sacrifices of the Founding Generation, so that the ideals and spirit of the American Revolution will not die out. Project Appleseed was developed three years ago to promote knowledge of the Revolutionary War to modern Americans and it was named after American Folk hero Johnny Appleseed, who traveled the land planting seeds - not for himself - but so future generations of Americans could enjoy apples. In similar manner, volunteer instructors of Project Appleseed donate their time to travel the country and teach traditional rifle shooting skills along with the history and heritage that are companion and originators to those skills.

Rifle marksmanship skills have been important in our nation's history, and unfortunately like many traditions many of those skills are dying out. Americans are flocking to Appleseed's family friendly program, as their message is getting out. The program is open to everyone. People with physical challenges are welcomed and assisted. Women, students and Military personnel shoot for free. Program costs otherwise are minimal, and you learn a ton of stuff.

Aside from the Lexington Commemoration event, there are many future events planned (at least 73 through June 21). Closest to CT are in New York and Vermont scheduled for May and June.

Now what would Janet Napolitano and her Department of Homeland Security (as well as those MIAC folks in Missouri) say? Well, we know what they'd say, and quite frankly we don't care.

(BTW: Good post about the DHS report here)