Keeping tradition

Project Appleseed promotes rifle marksmanship skills, role it played in our country’s founding

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Keeping tradition

COEUR d'ALENE - Families and individuals who want to learn traditional rifle marksmanship skills and the role it played in our country's founding in an enjoyable, safe setting will want to register for an upcoming Project Appleseed event.

Project Appleseed is dedicated to bringing Americans closer to their heritage and passing on the tradition of safe rifle marksmanship.

"The event ends in what seems to be only minutes but the memories made last for years," according to a press release.

The next Project Appleseed event in Coeur d'Alene will be at Fernan Rod and Gun Club on 11600 East Fernan Lake Road and is scheduled for April 14-15.

Project Appleseed events offer family-friendly, safe, enjoyable, low-cost, hands-on activities that require no special rifles or equipment.

Youth learn safe firearm handling and the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, while adults improve and refine their marksmanship skills.

The whole family can participate in, learn and enjoy target shooting and discover the important people and events that occurred on the first day of the Revolutionary War.

Participants will learn:

• Four Safety Rules

• The Six Steps of Firing the Shot

• Steady Hold Factors

• How to obtain "Natural Point of Aim."

Attendees also learn about the historical events of April 19, 1775, including Paul Revere's ride and his capture by British Redcoats, which side fired the first shots at Lexington Green and the tragic events that occurred at Concord's North Bridge.

Individuals are welcome regardless of experience. Instructors have received specific training through an Adaptive Appleseed program to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

It is for active duty military, Guard and Reserve, and for peace officers, elected officials and individuals with disabilities. It's $5 for youth under 21; $10 for women and $70 for others.

Participants supply their own rifles and ammunition.

Information: ID@appleseedinfo.org or http://appleseedusa.org

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