I copied this off of Northwest Firearms because I consider it to be very important. I plan to do it. One of my sons has done it. I think that everybody who has a gun should do it. So, I hope you all will consider it.
Myth 1: "I don't need Appleseed; I already know how to shoot"
Like the adage of 'there's more than one way to skin a cat' there are many ways to shoot. The techniques we teach will simply become one more tool in your range bag. Every professional shooter talks about going back to the fundamentals. You will get those fundamentals at Appleseed. Steady Hold Factors for standing, secondary and prone positions, Natural Point Of Aim, the 6 steps to taking the shot, how to zero your rifle and make adjustments out to 500y, range estimation, battle sight zero (and more).
If nothing else you will get 400 rounds of dedicated trigger time.
Myth 2: "Appleseed is just for beginners/women/kids"
We do pride ourselves on being a family friendly, safe environment for all experience levels; however, when push comes to shove it is you, your rifle and your target. As an experienced shooter you have an opportunity to focus on some of the more advanced techniques.
Appleseed is a great opportunity to bring someone with you. What kind of future do firearms have if we don't share our knowledge and passion with others?
Myth 3: "I don't have the right equipment for Appleseed"
Bring what'cha got. Yes, the ideal rifle is a semi auto, mag fed (2 mags), .22lr w/GI style sling. I have seen bolt action, lever action, tube fed and even single shot rifles on the line. If you want to shoot center fire by all means (varies by specific range limitations) we love to see people qualify with CF rifles.
Most instructors bring loaner equipment for those that may need it.
The single most important thing to bring to an Appleseed shoot is a teachable attitude; everything else can be overcome.
Myth 4: "Appleseed is a political or religious event"
We do have a 'secret' mission to engage Americans in their heritage and history. We want them to think about what it took to have the liberties we have today and to get involved in the political process through voting or even running for office. We do not talk modern politics, candidates or modern militias.
We are an all volunteer (from the top down, nobody gets a paycheck from Appleseed) organization and I will grant you that the type of people that gravitate to being instructors tend to lean stereotypical right wing, but we make a conscious effort to leave it at the door.
Our goal is to promote liberty and marksmanship. We believe this goal builds a stronger community and therefore a stronger America.
Myth 5: "I don't have the time to go to Appleseed"
This one is harder to debunk because all of us have obligations and time is our most valuable commodity. The truth is we all have the same number of hours in the day and it's a matter of priorities. You will clearly get the most out of Appleseed if you attend both days, the full day. That said, I'd rather have you come on one day than not at all.
Make the time to come to an event; you will not be disappointed.