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Douglas Ridge asks, Are you a rifleman?

Douglas Ridge Rifle Club presents Project Appleseed this weekend


As part of the Project Appleseed initiative of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, Douglas Ridge Rifle Club, 27787 Highway 224 in Eagle Creek, is holding a rifle marksmanship class the weekend of March 15-16.

Ben Edman with Project Appleseed said the event is open to everyone. Tickets are priced at $60 for adults and $20 for youth under the age of 18.

The marksmanship class combines learning the fundamentals with history lessons about the events of and leading up to April 19, 1775, the date when British and American soldiers exchanged fire in the towns of Lexington and Concord, Mass.

“Everyone needs to hear the story of April 19, 1775, and the start of the American Revolutionary War,” the Project Appleseed flier states. “It is a day extraordinary men and women stood against tyranny and gave us the gift of liberty.”

Attendees will learn the six steps of firing a shot, steady hold factors for field position shooting, how to use a sling, how to use your natural point of aim, and how to zero your rifle using inches, minutes and clicks.

Those wishing to learn should bring a rifle — Douglas Ridge suggests a semiautomatic, magazine-fed .22 with adjustable sights and sling, but Edman said anything will do — about 400 rounds of ammunition, ear and eye protection, a sack lunch and water bottle to stay hydrated and a teachable attitude.

Shooting will begin around 9:45 a.m. and run until about 4 p.m. both days, Edman said. He suggests trying to attend both classes, although it is not required.