- 100% less cook/rifleman bullshit than what you hear from Fred
- Politics was confined to the 1775 era
- The oral history is fun for me, but I like StoryTelling in general
- Quality basic instruction in marksmanship
I brought a 10/22 that I've refitted (posts somewhere here in Firearms) and used that. We did all the work at 25 yards. The instructors said we'd take a group to the 400 yard course if we had enough that where shooting 190+ on the qualification target, which is reasonable. Since most of the people there were beginners, or at least beginners to precision shooting, that didn't happen.
My rifle ran well right up to the point on Sunday when we were going to start trying to qualify, and then safety decided it didn't want to disengage. I borrowed a similar 10/22 from an instructor, and spent the first qualification test getting it zeroed for me. On the second I miscounted how many shots to put where, and shot a good score on the 3rd and 4th test. The fifth test my brain was a bit fried from the concentration and my score tailed down into the 190s.
Some take aways:
- You should do this. It is cheap (free for ladies and active military) and solid instruction
- Making 'expert rifleman' is a HELL of a lot easier than getting an NRA Service Rifle Expert card. The target size is larger (4moa versus ~3) and you only have to do the score once rather than average the score over 5 scored matches
- That said, don't complain about this being too easy if you haven't done it. Lots of guys can hit a deer at 75 yards, shooting from a rest. Hitting a 1" square at 25 yards rapid fire without a rest is significantly more difficult. If you have a Rifleman badge, an NRA Expert card, an Army or Marine Expert badge, or something similar, you can talk about it.
- Don't waste your time going with a crappy rifle. I saw people fighting their rifles all weekend. Especially if you are new to shooting. Marlin, Ruger, and Mossberg all make very accurate .22LR for under $200. Mine is about $300 tricked out.
- Drop in .22LR converters for an AR aren't accurate enough for this.
- While we only shot at 25 yards, they do have sessions where skilled rifleman can shoot a full distance ranges. Really, the basic Appleseed is basic training. Take that, qualify and prove you are legit, then worry about shooting full range.
- Full distance Service Rifle and High Power matches are a better test, but you get very little help at a match as everyone is there to compete.