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.
Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinics will be held on:
April 2-3: Escambia River Gun Club, 4020 Rocky Bridge Rd., Cantonment, FL (near Pensacola, FL).
April 16-17: Volusia County Gun & Hunt Club, 4645 E. SR 44, New Smyrna Beach.
April 16-17: Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club, 610 Hurley Blvd. SW, Palm Bay, FL.
April 16-17: Wyoming Antelope Club, 3700 126th. Ave. N., Clearwater, FL.
April 16-17: Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Rd., Myakka City, FL.
April 16-17: Isaac Davis Memorial Range, located off Upper Cody North Road, Wacissa, FL (near Tallahassee, FL).
April 16-17: Ancient City Shooting Range, 3021 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine.
April 16-17: Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville, FL.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. 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 or riflewoman 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. Participants should bring their 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 ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred at most ranges. 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 may apply.
For a complete national event schedule and to pre-register online for an event, please visit www.appleseedinfo.org.