No Militia In Your State? The Appleseed Project Turns Patriots Into Riflemen

June 11, 2010

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I’ve written about the need for a state militia…Secession and the Power of the Sword. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution states plainly that “A Well-Regulated Militia, being NECESSARY to the security of a free state, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That means the security of a free state from all enemies, foreign and domestic. That also means that a state needs a militia to fend off tyrants, including your own hired hand (DC) who gets uppity and decides to take over.

But the only real state militia I know of is the Texas State Guard. So most of the states don’t have a well-regulated militia.

What are you to do in the meantime?

Learn to be a rifleman.

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a 501 (c)(3) organization that sponsors “Appleseed Shoots.” Appleseed Shoots are weekend-long events held all over this nation which teach the American tradition of rifle marksmanship. The Appleseed Project is designed to take you from simply being a rifle owner to being a true Rifleman.

All throughout American history, the Rifleman has been defined as a marksman capable of hitting targets from 500 yards away. This 500-yard range is traditionally known as “the rifleman’s quarter mile.” In theory, any rifleman can pick any rifle, fire one sight-in shot, and then hit such a target out at 500 yards. Unbelievable, but true.

On Saturday you’ll learn:

• Six steps to firing the shot
• Correct firing positions
• Proper use of a rifle sling
• Talking Targets
• Everything you need to know in order to shoot well with a rifle.

Sunday is the day to polish what you learned on Saturday. Their goal is to take the “100-yard shooters” of Saturday morning and turn them into “300-yard shooters” by Sunday afternoon. They can’t do it with everyone – some take longer than others – but all will make it, if they go back home and persist in putting into practice what they are taught. And some will, by Sunday afternoon, be “400-yard shooters”.

On Sundays, if the range facilities allow it, selected shooters will shoot at “actual distance” – whatever the range offers – out to 500 yards! They do this so shooters can see for themselves that “what works at 25, works at 200 – or 300 – or 500 yards”.

What you’ll find an Appleseed is:

*A gathering of your fellow Americans interested in learning how to shoot a rifle. Most will show up with that, and only that, on their minds. Before the Appleseed is over, they will, most of them, discover to their surprise that Appleseed is about far more than that. And many, maybe most, will go home shaken up a bit, inspired even, to learn the shining facts surrounding the first day of their country’s drive toward liberty.

*The first step of a journey toward not only becoming a rifleman, but an awakening to your history and heritage and the slow understanding that Appleseed is about far more than marksmanship.

*Finding out, to your surprise, that there are a lot of fellow Americans just like you. Uncertain about the future, slightly depressed in believing there’s not much they can do about it, and feeling pretty lonely and helpless. And, suddenly, you don’t feel so lonely any more. Nor quite so powerless to deal with the future. In fact, you’ll find HOPE.

Admission for the two-day event is usually $70 if you prepay.

To learn more about The Appleseed Project, find a location near you and register for your own Appleseed Shoot, go to: