My first shoot.

I first heard about Project Appleseed’s marksmanship clinics on Reddit and was immediately intrigued. The folks there preached the 25 yard .22 rifle training course like gospel, to the point where it basically became a meme. After taking a look at their shoot calendar, I registered for an upcoming shoot and started my preparations.

For weeks I scoured forums and posts, trying to prepare myself for the weekend. I tweaked my rifle, hoarded loads of ammo and spent some time at the range.

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When it was time for the event, I was prepared but a little nervous. How hard was this going to be? Would I earn my patch? Would my rifle fail me?

My brother-in-law attended with me, and after a safety briefing, we got to shootin’.

This is the first target I shot:

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All right! Off to a great start, but with room for improvement.

Over the course of the day, I received expert instruction from the shoot boss and the instructors. Little by little my groups came even closer together and my accuracy improved.

As the day was winding down, we got the chance to shoot a few AQTs. How’d that go, you ask?

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It went great!! I was officially a Rifleman.

So, how did I achieve a patch on my first Appleseed? I followed the 5 P’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

I made sure I was as ready as I could be for Appleseed, and it showed.

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