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Post by PhotoEscape on Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:22 pm

I don't know if many of you are familiar with Project Appleseed.  Those who interested can learn at - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Appleseed.  I became involved with it several years ago, and it touched me deeply.  Appleseed Clinics isn't just another CMP, but also excursion into history and heritage of this country.   Rich Pistolese, Dr. Rich as he was know to all of us in the program, was instrumental for me becoming instructor at the program and going through the levels.  Like his my main objective is working with kids of all ages (my granddaughter attended her first Appleseed at the age of eight!) teaching them traditional marksmanship and as well helping in learning how this country became a NATION, The People!  With great sadness and pain I share with you that Dr. Rich suffered a heart attack last night, and passed soon after at the age 52! 

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Post by zanemoseley on Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:36 pm

52 is WAY too young. While I've never shot an appleseed event I've heard great things, if we could all only contribute a fraction to marksmanship as he did the shooting community would be even more amazing.

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Post by john bickar on Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:54 am

Sorry to hear that. I did not know him, but I agree that 52 is way too young.
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Post by dronning on Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:34 am

Sorry to hear this, RIP Dr. Rich.

I completely agree about Appleseed both as a great program to learn rifle basics AND it connects you with our heritage - deeply.  It's a great program with a great format!  I have recommended and brought many new shooters to an Appleseed clinic (including my son-in-law and grandson).  I went to learn rifle basics and got my rifleman patch at that first clinic.  It sparked a fire in me for competitive shooting.  I jumped into High Power with both feet until a herniated disc in my neck started to act up I made the switch to Precision Pistol.
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Post by farmboy on Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:55 am

This is sad news indeed. Our club just hosted our 1st Appleseed event this fall. While i did not participate, as an officer of the club, I did go to one of the sessions to observe. It is an unique event. I thought it was very well done for all the reasons mentioned above.  The session I observed had participants ranging from very senior citizen to young kids. Whole families were participating,  It was very well attended(max capacity) even though the weather was not the best. 

My biggest impression from my observation was how much participants seemed to be having fun and enjoying themselves.  There were a lot of smiles and laughs.
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Post by Vociferous on Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:13 am

+1 on Appleseed.  Got my Riflesman's patch.  They teach you how to be a Rifleman, but more importantly, why.  I was fortunate enough to work with Fred at the Ramseur, NC location (where it all started).  This clinic teaches/reinforces what is our American Heritage and why we should be proud of it.  The people running it are top notch.
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