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Posted: 2/5/2009 1:47:56 PM EST
It's been in the works for a while, but it's finally here! On the week of June 14-21, 2009 California will be having it's first Rifleman's Boot Camp! It will be held at the RWVA Piru Range in sunny Piru, CA. Don't miss this oppotunity!


What is a Rifleman's Boot Camp?

For some people, attending boot camp represents the fast-track to becoming an RWVA instructor. To others, it's an opportunity to learn a great deal more about rifle marksmanship.

During a week of instruction, instructors and students get to know each other, and if history is any indication, they oftentimes forge lifelong friendships.

The training consists of class room instruction, range safety instruction, shooting at 25 yards, shooting at longer ranges, and helping each other work out individual problems discovered during the short range work. The type of target will be variable during the 25-yd work, and the full distance AQT targets are standard military D targets.

The training first focuses on the basics at the 25 yard range to uncover and correct any problems the students have before moving on to the longer ranges. Once the students demonstrate their newly learned abilities at 25 yards consistently, longer distance instruction starts. During that process the students learn that all that repetition at 25 yards really does translate into hitting targets at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards.

The last day at boot camp calls for more practice at running a firing line, and instructing fellow students in preparation for the Appleseed that weekend where they'll get to repeat that line calling. They'll also cover range safety officer work and instruction in basic rifle marksmanship techniques to the Appleseeders.

BOOT CAMP INFORMATION:

A Rifleman Boot camp (RBC) is a week long Rifleman training event. Don't miss this chance to learn all those things we can't teach in a short Appleseed weekend. This is your chance to get on the fast track to becoming an Instructor and get the opportunity to help instruct at the Appleseed event following boot camp.

WHAT TO BRING:

Rifle- preferably two rifles, with one being a .22. A second rifle will also give you somewhere to go if there are problems with your primary. And bring a small notebook for each rifle you bring that you can use to jot down all the data for that rifle from now on.

Ammunition- you will need 1200-1500 rounds of ammunition. If you bring a .22 bring 1000 rounds for the .22, Then around 500 rounds of ammunition for your centerfire rifle. But you will need approx. 1200-1500 rounds total to shoot the week in whatever caliber you are shooting.

Hearing protection and eye protection- Bring shooting glasses, ear muffs and ear plugs in case you get put on the line next to a high noise rifle.

Tools- At least a minimum set of tools for your rifle including screwdrivers that fit your rifle's screws and cleaning equipment and lubrication.

Shooting mat and rifle cover towel. Have a mat you can lie on and a towel or piece of cloth/waterproof tarp you can use to cover your rifle when it is not being used. Also a rain jacket and rain pants since Appleseed and BC instruction and shooting continues despite inclement weather.

Shooting jacket or elbow pads- You will be spending a lot of time in prone and you will need a good jacket with pads, or elbow pads themselves. If you don't do this, bring a lot of bandaids for the large bleeding holes that will soon appear early the first day on your elbows and haunt you through the rest of the Boot Camp.

A hat with a brim since you will spend a good amount of time in the sun and/or rain and you want to keep you head and neck protected.

Sunscreen. You will be out in the sun for days. Even if you think you are used to this, a good 2nd degree sun burn on the first or second day will gladly stay with you the rest of the week. Remember, the whole point of this week is to make you a better shot and train you to become an instructor. Anything that detracts from that is no good. Look at your instructors; you will see the white paste of sunscreen on their necks also. Most of us learned the hard way.

Loose fitting clothes. This means your fat pants, not your Friday night wranglers. You want to be able to get in different positions easily without straining and pinching or tightness. A pair of oversized jeans will work, or some BDUs or sweat pants etc. Same with your shirt. Nice loose fitting comfortable cotton shirt and dress in layers you can shed as the day heats up. Bring enough clothing that you can go the whole eight days if need be, sometimes washing machines for clothes are not a nearby accommodation.

A small personal first aid kit- with Band-Aids, etc.and some aspirin or alieve for aching muscles you have not used.

Food. You will need stuff to eat in whatever amounts you are accustomed to, and make sure you include stuff you can put in your pocket for eating while you are on the line. Snack stuff, peanuts, crackers etc. A light breakfast and lunch with occasional snacks is best as it will help keep your mind and body sharp and keep the blood in your head rather than in your gut. Either bring food that does not need to be cooked (sandwiches, fruit, ready to eat cans etc.), or bring a way to cook your food. Simpler is better as time is not a luxury you will have at a BC. The 30 minutes you need to cook a meal will be better spent sleeping, reviewing instruction or cleaning your rifle.

Water. Make sure and have plenty of water with you at the camp and on the line. A gallon jug is a good amount and you can even freeze this and drink it as it melts, but you will need a minimum of one gallon a day in the shade. You should be drinking constantly on the line, even if you do not feel thirsty. When you start to dehydrate your eyesight is the first thing to go and by the time you feel thirsty, it has already been affected. Keep a bottle of water/Gatorade etc. on the line with you and drink from it constantly.

Camping and sleeping gear. What ever your level of comfort requires. Remember that the weekend is not for you to show how tuff you are as far as roughing it. Make yourself comfortable. You will be working long days and your body will need rest and protection from the elements. Make yourself as comfortable in your camp as you can. A good nights sleep is worth it's weight in gold when the next morning finds you on the line and we are shoving instruction down your throat. Eight hours of good sleep is going to make that instruction go down much easier.

Additional Information:

There will be hotels near each Boot Camp that you can use if that is more your style and there is nothing wrong with using them. We happen to think that sharing the evenings in socializing with Riflemen, and sharing the ground at the BC with your mates is a more fulfilling experience, but you are in charge of your sleeping arrangements.

If you are camping I suggest a cot that has a padded mattress and is off the ground. This will help you get the sleep you need and will keep you cooler or warmer depending on the season. Also bring insect spray. The kind you can use on yourself, and the kind you can spray around your tent or camper. If you are in the south, ants will find a way into your tent and your camper. If you are in a camper, spray the wheels or any other ways ants can get in. Electric cords, steps etc. so they can not gain entry to the camper, and in a tent, spray the perimeter so that the ants don't make themselves at home in your tent.

Nothing destroys a night better than a tent full of ants, and it will happen in the South. Try to select a camping site that is not located directly over an ant colony first, and then as soon as the tent is up, spray the perimeter of the tent.

Personal Hygiene items. Once again, we are not on a weekend 'roughing it with the guys' event. It is eight days, so make sure you have a way to keep yourself at minimum hygiene standards. You are usually within one foot of your neighbor on the line so have some pity on him. There will usually be a shower available at most BCs. be sure and use it. If you are at an event where showers are not available, there will be water available for a "bucket bath" and if this is not possible, bring a big box of the "baby wipes" and use them to wash yourself down. Having a hand towel on the line also lets you keep your hands and face dry of sweat or grime.

Note: Participation does not require you to become an instructor.

FEE: The fee for 2009 Boot Camps is $200 for the entire week including the Appleseed event that follows each boot camp. Military, youth under 21 and Women SHOOT FOR FREE. (1 week notice required for refund) Range fees are $10/day.

NOTE TO PARENTS: Although kids are welcome at Boot camps, we would like to note that under 16 is not advised. However, we ask that you use your discretion as each child is different. If your child is up to an intense week long training, all day everyday, and will not cause a distraction to others or an excessive distraction to you, they are welcome.

For more information visit www.appleseedinfo.org See you in Piru!
Link Posted: 2/5/2009 2:07:00 PM EST
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Link Posted: 2/10/2009 5:44:43 AM EST
You don't want to miss out on this one folks!
Link Posted: 3/10/2009 8:51:51 AM EST
Most everything has a link to something else. For instance, we all have links to those around us. Some by blood. Others by marriage. Still others from work, school, etc.

We have links to the future: We plan events, save money, invest time in things in the hopes of a specific outcome.

We have links to the past. We build monuments. We remember relatives long gone. We remember events that were pleasant, or even terrible. Everybody here remembers where you were that clear September morning back in 2001 when it finally sunk in that we were under attack and that our lives would be forever changed from that moment on. Links to our heritage, history, and our collective, national soul.

But sometimes that link is missing. There is something that is so monumental, so crucial, so pivotal to who and what we are today as Americans and it is hanging by a thin, red thread over the edge of “forever lost” and there seems to be nobody out there even remotely interested in saving it.

That “thing” is the heritage which slips further away every day. The heritage that began in the hearts and minds of men and women who saw the oncoming tyranny and stood fast to ensure that it would be crushed so that they and their posterity, (WE!), would remain vigilant and always live in Liberty.

The sacrifice they made cannot be calculated by us here, so far in the future as we sit comfortably on the couch, one hand on the remote, the other elbow deep in a bag of triple cheddar potato chips watching the latest installment of “American Idol”. We cannot fathom the depth of devotion those men had when they picked up their arms and walked out of their warm homes into that cool, uncertain April morning back in 1775. They left behind wives, children, bills, crops, shops, comfort, belongings, and traded them for extreme cold, heat, starvation, loss of all they left behind, loss of limbs, loss of their lives.

And for 8 long years, they persevered. And they won OUR liberty. And for many years afterward, they were honored, remembered, elevated to a place in the memory of the nation.

But somewhere, somehow, we found other things that were more important to honor and remember. We replaced our history and government classes with those of “Conflict Resolution”, and others to help build “self esteem”. We were even taught to be ashamed of who we were and what we did as a nation.

We stopped reading books altogether and instead plugged our brains in to the wondrous and educational television. (After all, with deep, culturally rewarding programming such as “Dancing with the Stars”, and “MTV” we didn’t need those books and all that depressing and boring history)

And little by little, one thread at a time, the link has been slowly severed until it is virtually nonexistent now. In a short while, when that last thread snaps, all that those men suffered and conquered will be gone forever. And when the last small light of Liberty extinguishes this time, I fear it may never return to this world.

But the link CAN be restored. Sure, right now there is a missing link, but the link is there, it just needs to wake up and understand the consequences of its own inaction.

You see, the missing link is YOU. That’s right, you are missing in action if you’re not out there DOING something to restore that vital link to the winners of our liberty then you’re effectively slowly sawing that remaining thin, red thread.

As the missing link, you have the opportunity to step up and restore this country, its heritage, history, honor, its very lifeblood: LIBERTY.

If enough Missing Links stand together and reinforce that thin, red thread it will become a massive, unassailable link and conduit from our past, forever linked to us and our future.

But first you must not be missing. You must turn off the TV, get rid of the chips, get off that couch and DO something. And what to do? I would suggest a good place to start would be to get to the upcoming Rifleman’s Boot Camp in Piru, CA on June 14-21, 2009.

There, you’ll have a chance to restore the American that lies within. To wake up that American and get him cleaned up from all those years of ignorance and apathy and reconnected to his roots. And when he’s reconnected, I bet he changes into the American you remember. The one who knows what he is about. The one who sees what needs to be done and does it. The one who latches on to that thin, red thread and becomes the LINK needed to restore not only his inner American, but the link needed to restore AMERICA!

You see, a Rifleman doesn’t work alone. No, he’s allied with every other Rifleman out there. Together we can restore the link to our heritage and more. We can restore more Americans, and we can restore America, one sleeping American at a time.

But first we have to find the missing link. Help us find him. Look everywhere, but start in the bathroom. Probably near the mirror. And when you find him, get him over to the sign up area for the Boot Camp and hold him down and sign him up. Yeah, he might resist at first, but in the long run he’ll thank you for it.

Restore the link. Awaken the sleeping American. Join us at Piru, CA June 14-21, 2009. www.appleseedinfo.org
Link Posted: 4/21/2009 10:16:09 AM EST
We have added another Rifleman's Boot Camp! This time it will be held in

Central California at the Fresno Rifle and Pistol Club! Imagine a whole week

of Appleseed that includes detailed education about target detection,

range estimation and known distance shooting out to 800 yards!

It all starts on Sunday, August 23rd at 8:30am and last the entire week,

followed by a 2-day Appleseed the following weekend, all for just $200.

Don't miss this chance to get completely immersed in Rifle Marksmanship

and the Heritage of the American Rifleman! For more information goto:

http://www.appleseedinfo.org/bc_schedule.htm
Link Posted: 4/26/2009 9:49:30 AM EST
Appleseed is a lot like the old adage of not cursing the darkness, but rather lighting a candle.

There’s a lot of darkness out there in this country:

Ignorance of marksmanship.

Inability to use a rifle to hit a target within 500 yards.

Ignorance of how to even sight in, shoot, and maintain the rifle they own.

Ignorance of the importance of making sure your family, friends, and neighbors know what they need to know about handling a rifle.

Ignorance, (Or even apathy), of a citizen’s obligation to his community and country. How to ensure the country continues in its heritage of Liberty by exercising the pen, keyboard, and telephone.

Then there’s an even greater ignorance, the ignorance of our past. And the ignorance of other country’s pasts.

And by extension that means ignorance about our present and future also. (I believe a lot of the “fear and nervousness” in the present situation is due to this ignorance, for if all Americans were awake and aware of these things there’s be no fear, only unified action to resolve the problem)

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation; indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.”
John Adams

Most likely the darkest place in the American household is the area surrounding the couch and television. It is a nearly impenetrable darkness of good intentions, ignorance, and apathy, fed by that incredible black hole we call the TV, sucking into oblivion all forms of light including logic, thought, reason, and action.

This is truly the “final frontier” for us, and at Appleseed, a large amount of resources are expended daily trying to light a candle to penetrate and survive the couch/ television black hole of ignorance and apathy. But once it is penetrated and the poor inhabitant is liberated from its grip the transformation is astounding!

Our founders lit the light of liberty a couple of hundred years ago, entrusting in it’s posterity, (That’s YOU), the task to keep it lit and bright enough to disperse the darkness of an entire world.

We “easterners” used to refer to California as “Deepest, Darkest California” in the tradition of the missionaries to Africa. Just as those missionaries went into the jungles to spread the light to those in darkness, we saw California as a place in deep, nearly impossibly dark ignorance and apathy. We even saw that they were actively exporting that darkness to other states!

Thanks to Appleseed, the darkness has been pierced and California leads the other states in growth of the Project, a model of how it should be done. Thank you, California Riflemen!

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But now let’s think of candles in another way. Consider the candle to be our liberties themselves, and that as long as the candle isn’t burning our liberties remain in tact.

You can see that if the candle is lit and is left burning, then it, (Our Liberties), will eventually disappear.

And you can also see that any assault on any Liberty is like lighting that candle, and that once it has burned down a bit you will never be able to regain that Liberty, (That part of the candle), which has burned, even after extinguishing the flame.

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
John Adams

Therefore it is important that we guard that candle, (Our Liberties), against any and all who would approach it with a match, right?
No matter how “safe” it would make us feel or how many services we’d get for “free” in exchange for allowing them to light that candle.

I hope you consider candles and darkness and California this week. Consider how you can help your community, your state and your country to be restored to the way the founders intended.

Then consider signing up for the Rifleman’s Boot Camp at Piru, CA, June 14-21. Come stand with me and other folks who see the problems, see the solutions, and want to be a part of fixing them in the greatest traditions of our founding fathers.

In that one week you will learn more things about yourself, your rifle, and your heritage than you can imagine. You will learn new skills and hone them to a fine edge. And you will awaken the American inside and you AND, you will like who you see.

Come stand with me at the first ever California Rifleman’s Boot Camp on Sunday morning, June 14th in Piru as the sun crests the mountains. Make history and see the dawn of a new era in California.
Link Posted: 5/14/2009 4:45:31 AM EST
Why should you come to the June Boot Camp in Piru, CA? Lot’s of reasons, but I’ll try to spell it out for you as best I can:

Skills with a Rifle. Yeah, sure, you’ll definitely get a load of improved skills and a ton of knowledge about yourself, your rifle, and how to use it to its fullest potential. You’ll get days of training in the various positions, at various targets at various distances. And you’ll learn a lot of things to make you a better shot. You’ll learn how to take care of your rifle so it can take care of you. If you don’t see your shooting improve greatly then you’re not trying.

But even more importantly, you’ll awaken the sleeping American within. That American owns a rifle but doesn’t know how to use it to its fullest potential, or even why he needs to know. But that American is still an American, and Americans have it in them to get up off that couch and get out and DO things and CHANGE things and make this country what it once was.

How many countries have had their citizenry take up arms and free themselves of tyranny? Americans DID.

How many countries then continued to arm themselves and oppose tyranny every time it threatened? America DID.

Name a country that nearly tore itself apart, killing 600,000 of its own people to free those in bondage and make all men truly equal. America DID.

Which country embraced industrial revolution and produced enough food to feed itself and the world? America DID.

In about 200 years America fought for and won its independence, fought to maintain it, became a beacon of hope for the rest of the world, became a melting pot, (Not the current definition where all ethnicities remain separate and expect American culture to bend to their ways, nope, back then immigrants were not only legal, but assimilated into AMERICAN society, creating the great country that we became!), made the steel that built the greatest structures throughout the world, made the electricity and lights that lit the world, made the dictators of the world tremble, made countries and continents free, cared for neighbors, took care of those in need, fought TWO world wars to secure not only our own freedom but that of the rest of the world, (should they have seen the need for it), Invented the airplane, flew it faster, higher, further, and flew it around the world unrefueled, and put cheese in an aerosol can!

Anybody want to guess how many men have walked on the moon? That’s right…12. Anybody want to tell me where they’re from? That’s right…AMERICA! No other human feet have disturbed that dusty lunar surface, ONLY Americans. Americans have the brains, the guts, the desire to improve our lot and that of others. To go where nobody’s been before and do what hasn’t been done.

In 200 years this country made advances in the political, cultural, economic, and industrial arena that simply dwarf what occurred in the previous 3000 years, and yet in some countries today they still urinate in their drinking water.

Americans are generous to a fault. They give BILLIONS of dollars a year to organizations who help those in need. They help out people they don’t even know. They do and buy and provide things for their families that other countries only dream of.

In this world there are givers and there are takers. Those who work hard, take care of business and family and with what’s left over, others. They are the givers.
Then you can contrast them with the poor Katrina “victims” who still milk that hurricane for all it’s worth, even years later, hands out, begging for more, blaming others. Takers.

Recent MAJOR flooding in the Midwest brought about much more damage to our country and yet you hear nary a peep from those Midwesterners. Wonder why……Could be that they are “old school” and just keep on working harder to do what needs to be done. They aren’t demanding FEMA trailers and then suing the Gubment for “forcing” them to live in one for 3 years with toxic carpet or what ever other maladies they may dream up. They just see a need, get to work, and get it done.

This country is a ship on a treacherous course through dangerous waters right now. Icebergs to the left and right. We’ve even struck one or two and are taking on water.

You have choices to make. You can do things that make you FEEL better, make you FEEL like you’re doing something.

You could stand at the bow and point and shout out “Hey, there’s an iceberg over there!” and then “Look! Another iceberg over there!”
I bet it’s pretty crowded up there at the bow. Lots of folks pointing out the obvious.

Heck, you can send in your $35 a year to the NPA, (National Passengers Association) and go back to sleep in your comfortable berth knowing they’ll bail that water out and save the ship, right? Sure they will.

OR…(And it’s just a thought)……You could round up a bunch of folks, head down to where the problem is, grab a bucket, and bail for all you’re worth! You might even see a couple of those NPA fellows down there too. Probably be arguing about whether or not a certain size bucket should be allowed or if you should have to register your bucket or not, but they’d be down there, I’m certain of it.
Anyway, you’d actually be DOING SOMETHING to make a difference and not just feeling better about it.


This country has always had doers. Those who saw the need and DID something. Americans have been numbed and dumbed in the last few decades. Almost to the point that if you were you to hand them a bucket, they’d not know how to use it. We’ve been taught that it’s best to let others do it. Leave the bailing up to the “professional bailers”. Not to get involved. Not to think about such unpleasant things. Boy, this couch sure is comfortable.

Back in 1775 the men and women who won our independence didn’t sit around and wait for the National Musket Association to do what needed to be done. They saw what was on the horizon and they did something unique: They PREPARED for it. Planned. Coordinated. Sacrificed. Did what ever it took.

Today, (Just like back then), when we face challenges we see folks divided into 2 categories: Those who sit back and watch and wait for others to do something, and those who see what’s on the horizon and DO something.

We remember our heroes to honor their sacrifices and commitment. Even though those boys back in 1775 are far removed from our modern times we honor them.

Calling Americans: Come to Piru in June.

Honor those who’ve done what needed to be done by being there, being awake, aware, prepared.

Come to Piru in June.
Link Posted: 5/21/2009 7:01:51 AM EST
Back on 19 April, 1775, a few companies of militia moved from their respective towns toward the sounds of conflict. They soon found themselves smack in the middle of the Regular’s retreat along what we now call Battle Road. They weren’t there at Lexington Green that morning when hostilities began. They missed out on the fight at the North Bridge where, for the first time, the Regulars broke and ran.

Although they arrived on the field a little later, they took advantage of the circumstances and when the time came to deliver a mighty blow to the passing Regulars, they stood and did their duty, and with great effect at places like Fisk’s Hill and the Bloody Angle. Just because they didn’t take part in the initial fighting didn’t mean that they were out of the fight. They carried their share of the fighting when their chance came.

Californians have missed out on many Rifleman’s Boot Camps. The state has been a late comer as far as Appleseed goes, and yet no state can claim the enthusiasm and vigor of California when it comes to building the program. They weren’t there when the first RBC was started in Ramseur, NC back in August of 2006. They missed out on a lot of RBCs simply because of timing and geography. But that doesn’t mean California is out of the fight!

No, California is just “arriving on the field”, and now has the opportunity to strike a blow for Liberty at the first ever California Rifleman’s Boot Camp coming to Piru, CA, June 14- 21.

Why should you be at the first ever California RBC?

Because you know you need the skills. At the RBC you will have a week of the finest training available to hone a RIFLEMAN’S skills. This includes more than just poking holes in paper at 25 yards. You will learn how to develop the skills of target detection and ranging, how to correct for the effects of wind, trajectory, defilade, weather, and more.

Because you want to know even more about your rifle, yourself, and your abilities. The RBC is an opportunity to find out how to run your rifle under hard, field conditions. We don’t fire 20 rounds from the bench and then go home. How does your equipment work when hot, cold, wet, dirty? What does it take to keep your equipment running reliably?

Because you not only want to learn the skills, but you know you need to pass that knowledge and skill on to others. The RBC is a great place to ingrain the tips and techniques required to master the art of the rifle but even more importantly, where you can learn to teach others what you have learned and pass on the tradition.

Because you want the camaraderie. Camping out at the RBC will forge deep and lasting bonds to your classmates and increase your appreciation for them. You’ll look back on the nights spent in camp as some of the best nights you’ve ever had. You’ll be tired. You’ll be sore. But you’ll love every minute of it.

Because you love your country and want to know more about its beginnings. You will learn more than you ever thought about how our founders thought, acted, lived, and died to give us our Liberty. You will know the pride of being an AMERICAN. And you will want to tell others about it.

Because you want to be a part of history. The class of Piru, 6-09. The first California Rifleman’s Boot Camp. There’s a certain pride that goes with being the first. I have the honor of being in class “BC1”. The first ever RBC. That is a matter of pride that you can’t understand without having been there. There will never be another first CA RBC. You want to know that pride too.

Because you’ve heard the stories. You’ve heard the campfire tales. The reasons for screen names. The inside jokes. The triumphs over adversity. The skills achieved. The friendships forged. The way they never wanted it to end. Just ask someone who’s been there.

Because you know your country needs you. The RBC is a fast track to getting inside the machine that is Appleseed and helping to move it forward on an ever faster pace to reaching more people, to reaching the goal.

Because you know the time is now. If not now, then when? Will you wait for the planets to align, the Dow Jones to top 10,000, pigs to fly, Liberals to cut taxes, or some other signal that this is it? This is the one you should attend? The world isn’t getting any better with the passing days.

It’s a week, folks. One week. Your world is busy. It is crowded with all manner of demands on your time. Look inside and see if you can make it happen. Then make it happen. Come stand with me on Sunday morning, June 14, 2009 at Piru. History is in the making and you know you should be there. Come stand with me. Because you know you must. You’ll never regret the decision.


Piru, CA - June 14-21
Information: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=4047.0
Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/275502034%20%20
Link Posted: 5/31/2009 6:06:50 PM EST
Just TWO WEEKS to go until the first ever California RBC! We are pumped! 8 days in the field with the best folks the country has to offer! Working hard to learn the skills and pass them on.

So far 7 hearty souls have made it happen, signed up, and will share that sunrise on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, a date that will echo in history. Come be a part of the history in the making. Come toil in the forge with us, honing the skills and learning more than you thought possible. All the while having more fun than should be allowed! (Looks like the grub might be satisfactory too)

If you haven't found a way to make it happen, you still have a bit of time. But time is running out.............

Piru, CA - June 14-21
Information: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=4047.0
Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/275502034%20%20
Link Posted: 6/8/2009 6:24:38 AM EST
Instructors will be setting up their camps by mid afternoon Saturday, so come on down. If you're coming in on Sunday am, please arrive in time to get your business done before the start at 0830. We'll start then and not look back for 8 days.

If you haven't signed up yet, there's still a slot for you! Make it happen!
Link Posted: 6/10/2009 1:42:56 PM EST
Last chance to sign up for the first ever California Rifleman's Boot Camp! Only 3 days left! Don't missout!


Piru, CA - June 14-21
Information: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=4047.0
Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/275502034%20%20
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 5:37:35 AM EST
Announcing the 2nd CA Rifleman's Boot Camp! It will be at the Fresno Rifle and Pistol Club at 15687 Auberry Rd. Clovis, CA 93619 (559)299-6365 on August 23-30, 2009.
Why should you come to the August 23-30 Boot Camp in Fresno, CA? Lot’s of reasons, but I’ll try to spell it out for you as best I can:

Skills with a Rifle. Yeah, sure, you’ll definitely get a load of improved skills and a ton of knowledge about yourself, your rifle, and how to use it to its fullest potential. You’ll get days of training in the various positions, at various targets at various distances. And you’ll learn a lot of things to make you a better shot. You’ll learn how to take care of your rifle so it can take care of you. If you don’t see your shooting improve greatly then you’re not trying.

But even more importantly, you’ll awaken the sleeping American within. That American owns a rifle but doesn’t know how to use it to its fullest potential, or even why he needs to know. But that American is still an American, and Americans have it in them to get up off that couch and get out and DO things and CHANGE things and make this country what it once was.

How many countries have had their citizenry take up arms and free themselves of tyranny? Americans DID.

How many countries then continued to arm themselves and oppose tyranny every time it threatened? America DID.

Name a country that nearly tore itself apart, killing 600,000 of its own people to free those in bondage and make all men truly equal. America DID.

Which country embraced industrial revolution and produced enough food to feed itself and the world? America DID.

In about 200 years America fought for and won its independence, fought to maintain it, became a beacon of hope for the rest of the world, became a melting pot, made the steel that built the greatest structures throughout the world, made the electricity and lights that lit the world, made the dictators of the world tremble, made countries and continents free, cared for neighbors, took care of those in need, fought TWO world wars to secure not only our own freedom but that of the rest of the world, Invented the airplane, flew it faster, higher, further, and flew it around the world unrefueled, and put cheese in an aerosol can!

Anybody want to guess how many men have walked on the moon? That’s right…12. Anybody want to tell me where they’re from? That’s right…AMERICA! No other human feet have disturbed that dusty lunar surface, ONLY Americans. Americans have the brains, the guts, the desire to improve our lot and that of others. To go where nobody’s been before and do what hasn’t been done.

In 200 years this country made advances in the political, cultural, economic, and industrial arena that simply dwarf what occurred in the previous 3000 years, and yet in some countries today they still urinate in their drinking water.

Americans are generous to a fault. They give BILLIONS of dollars a year to organizations who help those in need. They help out people they don’t even know. They do and buy and provide things for their families that other countries only dream of.

In this world there are givers and there are takers. Those who work hard, take care of business and family and with what’s left over, others. They are the givers.
Then you can contrast them with the folks that take no responsibility for themselves and expect hands out, begging for more, sitting in the deck chair of a sinking ship, blaming others. Takers.

This country is a ship on a treacherous course through dangerous waters right now. Icebergs to the left and right. We’ve even struck one or two and are taking on water.

You have choices to make. You can do things that make you FEEL better, make you FEEL like you’re doing something.

You could stand at the bow and point and shout out “Hey, there’s an iceberg over there!” and then “Look! Another iceberg over there!”
I bet it’s pretty crowded up there at the bow. Lots of folks pointing out the obvious.

Heck, you can send in your $35 a year to the NPA, (National Passengers Association) and go back to sleep in your comfortable berth knowing they’ll bail that water out and save the ship, right? Sure they will.

OR…(And it’s just a thought)……You could round up a bunch of folks, head down to where the problem is, grab a bucket, and bail for all you’re worth! You might even see a couple of those NPA fellows down there too. Probably be arguing about whether or not a certain size bucket should be allowed or if you should have to register your bucket or not, but they’d be down there, I’m certain of it.
Anyway, you’d actually be DOING SOMETHING to make a difference and not just feeling better about it.


This country has always had doers. Those who saw the need and DID something. Americans have been numbed and dumbed in the last few decades. Almost to the point that if you were you to hand them a bucket, they’d not know how to use it. We’ve been taught that it’s best to let others do it. Leave the bailing up to the “professional bailers”. Not to get involved. Not to think about such unpleasant things. Boy, this couch sure is comfortable.

Back in 1775 the men and women who won our independence didn’t sit around and wait for the National Musket Association to do what needed to be done. They saw what was on the horizon and they did something unique: They PREPARED for it. Planned. Coordinated. Sacrificed. Did what ever it took.

Today, (Just like back then), when we face challenges we see folks divided into 2 categories: Those who sit back and watch and wait for others to do something, and those who see what’s on the horizon and DO something.

We remember our heroes to honor their sacrifices and commitment. Even though those boys back in 1775 are far removed from our modern times we honor them.

Calling Americans: Come to Fresno August 23-30.

Honor those who’ve done what needed to be done by being there, being awake, aware, prepared.

Come to Fresno in August.

For more info: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/bc_schedule.htm
To Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/332440338
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