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Project Appleseed™ isn’t a gun club or a militia, nor is it a historical society. Instead, we are a non-partisan group of men and women (known as the Revolutionary War Veterans Association) who are committed to upholding the values and principles of America’s founding fathers. We use rifle marksmanship instruction as a gateway to help bring our nation’s history to life and to show that many of the values that our forefathers relied on to win our independence are still very much in demand today.
Project Appleseed events are scheduled at Alderbrook Sportsmen’s Association this June 10,11, August 13, and October 14,15. Click here to register.
Appleseed: Where did you hear about Project Appleseed?
Milo: At an event up in Lancaster where you conducted an event called a Liberty Seed. Which is just the history part, and the schedule item caught my eye because it said that Project Appleseed provides instruction for complete beginners. Everything went from there.
Appleseed: When you first came to an event, how did you think the instruction was?
Milo: Precise. Detailed. Very complete and very orderly. All of the components from start to 4 MoA. It was the first time I ever tried shooting from prone. I went from about 20moa to about 8moa, then 4 moa by last event.
Appleseed: So you came with minimal experience, but were soon hitting postage stamps at 25 meters?
Appleseed: Project Appleseed also has history component. Were you expecting that?
Milo: What surpised me was extent of integration between the two components. The history just made sense as part of the overall event. Before some of the strings of fire, we were told to think about a character mentioned recently and imagine ourselves in our shoes.
Appleseed: Who were you imagining?
Milo: One of the Regulars (Redcoats). Come all the way from England. Marched through miles of mud at night for a secret mission, and finally at the North Bridge in Concord, taking aim and … missing.
Appleseed: What happened next?
Milo: About a 1/3 of their officers were immediately killed in return fire. Marksmanship made a difference.
Appleseed: NH has an event every month. Which are you going to next?
Milo: Dunbarton, end of May.
Appleseed: How long have you been shooting?
Pilot: About 4 years.
Appleseed: And your first Appleseed?
Pilot: 3 years ago.
Appleseed: What did you think it was going to be about?
Pilot: About shooting and a little bit about history.
Appleseed: Did you think there would be too much instruction and not enough shooting?
Pilot: It was not boring at all. Enjoyable. Exciting.
Appleseed: What was your best score?
Pilot: 207 twice.
Appleseed: To people that don’t know, our scoring test is based on U.S. Army’s qualifying test. If you had shot a 210, you would be an expert marksman by the ARMY’s standard, and were one shot away from that…how old are you?
Appleseed: What was one of your favorite history stories?
Pilot: Samuel Wittemore. An 80 year old guy shooting at the Redcoat column by himself.
Appleseed: When you go look at your target, what are you thinking?
Pilot: Its kind of exciting and seeing how much you’ve learned and if you’ve listened to instructors or if you got tired and tried to do it your own way. Usually it didn’t turn out good if you didn’t listen.
Appleseed: What is the furthest distance you’ve shot out to at an Appleseed?
Pilot: 300 yards.
Appleseed: What is your favorite caliber to shoot?
Pilot: Probably 7.62×39 because it is a lot of fun.
Appleseed: NH has an Appleseed shoot every month this year. Are you planning on coming to any more?
Pilot: The Littleton shoot in June.