Project Appleseed is a nationwide program of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a non-profit educational organization operated by volunteer instructors dedicated to maintaining the ideals and traditions of the Founding generation of our country.
Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans for our country’s freedom and independence.
April 19, 1775 – the day of the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”…..
Project Appleseed teaches rifle marksmanship and the true story of Patriots’ Day, April 19th, 1775, the day of Paul Revere’s Ride in weekend clinics all over this great nation. By taking our participants back to that fateful day and teaching rifle marksmanship, we hope to reconnect “ordinary” Americans with their “extraordinary” heritage. The ideals and traditions of the men, women and children who created this country resulted in the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known.
Project Appleseed‘s heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.
A “Ladyseed” is a Project Appleseed event designed specifically for ladies and reserved only for ladies to attend.
The women who attend a “Ladyseed” event will learn much more than how to fire a rifle. They will also learn American heritage and the history of how women actively aided in the fight on April 19, 1775. Many ladies walk away from a Project Appleseed “Ladyseed” event with a renewed sense of their country and of themselves.
For many women, the instruction at a “Ladyseed” event creates a comfortable learning environment. Shooters of all skill levels are successful with our “Ladyseed” program. “Ladyseed” events are about women teaching women, and women sharing with women. Most women walk away glad that they attended and ready to sign up for the next Appleseed event!
The Project Appleseed “Ladyseed” marksmanship clinic will be held on Sept. 26-27 at 5575 Lone Pine Trail, Melrose, FL (about 25 miles east of Gainesville, FL).
Registration begins at 8am. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5:00 p.m., both days.
Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are to allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights or a scope, a standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 yards, at reduced size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn rifle shooting from the standing, sitting, kneeling, and prone positions, sight alignment, and breath control, along with safe gun handling, proper use of a sling, and Revolutionary War history.
Please bring your own ear/eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
A .22 caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammunition, but a center-fire rifle can be used if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed per day.
Marksmanship Clinic fees (includes both Saturday and Sunday, but participants do not have to attend both days):
Youth under age 18: $20
Active duty military, Law Enforcement Officers with ID, and elected officials are free.
Additional club range fees of $20 per day applies for all.