I declare a jihad. I want a restraining order taken out against whatever hooting dickholes are behind this Appleseed operation to make sure they stop fucking up new shooters and setting back the state of civilian martial ability in this country.
I direct you to this thread on the Carolinas forum at arf.com. Short version: Our unfortunate rifle owner takes his otherwise functional AR-15 to an “instructional” clinic and spends two days of pain and suffering and wastes a not insignificant amount of money on ammunition and useless slings (coincidentally, sold by the organizers) only to end up a less confident shooter than he was on Friday evening!
To call the Appleseed operation a clusterfuck would be unkind to clusterfucks.
Background: This operation is the brainchild of Fred, of M14 stock and AQT target fame. (And also the king of ‘order it now, get it in a few months’ customer service). In case you’re new here, you need only open up any issue of Shotgun News and find one of his full page ads railing against the UN and ARs and other modern evils, and exhorting readers to become Real Riflemen®, naturally by buying his M14 stocks and AQT targets. I have previously regarded Fred as a charming and harmless kook, but now that he’s branched out into rifle training, I can see where he’s doing real damage to American shooters.
I am appalled the complete lack of instructional ability from the organizers. The reporting gentleman happened to be a lefty, and none of the “instructors” were able to help him. In fact, their contradictory suggestions only confused him further. Instead of helping an obviously struggling shooter improve his technique, the instructors kept fucking with his sights!!!
Okay, so the instructors were all volunteers. That excuses their lack of instructional ability? That excuses the organizers from riding herd on the volunteers to make sure that the new guys weren’t learning bad habits?
Another warning sign is that Appleseed almost immediately forced him to buy a sling he didn’t need. Look, we all get dogmatic about particular facets of shooting. But for Cooper’s sake, if you’re not hitting at 100 yards the problem is not the sling! You should be able to make hits at 100 yards without a sling! Our guys in Iraq and Afghanistan do it all the time! If you’re attending a class, and the instructors tell you to buy a particular piece of equipment from them or you won’t be able to keep up, that’s the time when you stick your hand out and demand your money back. Good instructors will get the student through with what he brung.
In case you haven’t gotten the hint already, if you’re a new or developing rifle shooter and wish to hone your skill, I heartily recommend you stay the hell away from anything Appleseed related.