What magizine loadout for Appleseed shoot?
I'm going to a Appleseed Project shoot at the end of this month with my recently acquired 10/22.
Since all I have is the factory 10 round; what should be my shopping list be in the magazine department? (hi cap - low profile)
I'm not familiar with how things go and don't want to spend a bunch of $$ on a selection of mags that won't compliment the course.
Is there anything you'd like to add that isn't covered in the "what to bring" section of the site?
I went to one last fall (Day 1 only) and I brought four or five 10-round Ruger mags with my 10/22.
It worked out fine for me. IMHO, you will not have a need for any larger capacity magazines, at least for Day 1.
ETA: The larger, aftermarket mag release and the bolt-hold-open modifications that they discuss in the notes are good to have - I brought a stock 10/22 to the Appleseed, and had the modifications done there for a small fee.
Also, my eyesight sucks, and so if/when I go back to another Appleseed event, I will use a scope instead of the iron sights (I did install the recommended aftermarket sights, but even though they're much better than the standard Ruger sights, they just don't cut it with my poor eyesight)...
Oh, also now that I think of it - the sling that I used had a nasty tendency to slip down off of my bicep, and I never did get the knack of adjusting it properly. You might want to practice using and adjusting your sling ahead of time.
And I discovered too late that the safety glasses that I normally used when shooting pistols were no good when shooting the rifle from prone position, as it interfered with both the rifle's stock and my hat brim...
And one more thing - I discovered that the standard length of pull (LOP) of the 10/22 was about an inch too long for me, and so it would have been good if I had cut down the length of the stock beforehand - but I was new to rifle shooting and to the 10/22, so what did I know...
2 mags will get you by; extras are nice, but not necessary. It looks like the course is set up to work anywhere, including states that don't allow mags over 10 rd capacity.
Make sure you have a way to mount a sling, which you will use as a shooting aid.
I like to have at least 3 or 4 ten round mags, but you can certainly get by with 2. Make sure they're clean –– you'll be using them a LOT. You won't benefit from higher capacity mags due to the course of fire.
You won't need more than a 10 round capacity (in my experience).
Bring at least 2 magazines, more if you can (five is a fine number to stop at), you don't need them loaded in advance.
You will shoot strings of 2, 3, 5 for the most part.
As stated earlier, a two point sling is ideal as you will learn to use it to your advantage.
Have fun and learn well.
Two mags min, and bring a couple spares. Generally, you'll be doing stuff like loading 2 rounds in 1, 8 in the other. 5 in each, etc.
Oh, and yes. Get some TechSights for the 10/22!!!
If you only bring 2 and one dies on you it'll be tough to do some of the stages of the AQT where you load "2 & 8". I'd take at least 3 (not because the Ruger factory mags are bad but stuff just happens sometimes). I see them for sale at the local WalMart sometimes fror about $16 each.
Make sure your rifle is reliable with whaterver ammo you will be shooting and be sure to clean and lube the rifle prior to going to the Appleseed. Having a rifle that works make absorbing the information and practicing it a whole lot easier.
I ordered 3 clear Ruger mags for $53.85, shipped. http://www.hawktecharms.com/index.html
With a total of 4, it sounds GTG.
I'd like to go ahead with the tech sights; but the well has run dry for now.
I'll just appreciate them that much more when I finally get them.
I read a lot of info before I went and here is my advice:
Mags: You can get by with just two, but it does slow you down with reloads. I ended up getting a total of 5 and was able to calmly shoot any of the AQT's without having to rush to reload mags. They are not cheap, but not expenseive either. I think I used a promo from Midway to get a 4 pack.
Sling: Most definataly make sure you have a GI websling and the right swivels/studs ahead of time. Using the slide is a core belief of the whole Appleseed approach so without a good sling it really would make it frustrating. I waited to the last min and didn't have a sling swivel wide enough to hold the GI web sling width and was lucky enough that a guy next to me let me borrow his for the 2nd day. Makes all the difference in the world.
Sights: I put the Tech-sights on my 10/22 and they worked great. Basicallly the same sight picture as a AR/M14/Garand, etc. Once you get it sighted in they rock. I did sight in the day before, but wish I would have spent a little more time to refine the 25 yard/meter practice. I will say that my 47 year old eyes were struggling to deal with the iron sights on those little black targets. I noticed that most, not all, folks that shot Rifleman in my group (about 20 people) used scopes. I just missed rifleman (217 I think?), but if that was all I was interested in I'd go with a scope or make sure you are comfy with sight picture (practice) ahead of time.
Its a fun time, do some prep like myself and others have said and it can be a great time. Hopefully your weather will be good. Make sure you have a comfy mat or carpet. Consider knee and almost for sure, elbow pads. You shoot a lot of prone and with the sling put a lot of presure on the elbows. there is a list someplace that I have that I found on their sight. I can send if you want. IM me.
Have fun at your first Appleseed! Be sure to report back your thoughts.
Along with the above poster, I'd highly recommend a USGI sling like the one found Here
You'll get a lot more out of the instruction if you have one. Shooting those 500 yard targets (and simulated tiny targets) is really difficult without one.
You can read a bunch on Appleseed's forums to help prepare, especially This Section
You'll thank yourself the following morning if you start stretching now and practice the positions while dry-firing. Unless you're used to the prone and seated positions, limbering up for a couple weeks will help, no matter what physical condition you're in.