The So-Called Assault Weapons on My Rifle Range
Several times in previous articles for PJ Media I've mentioned in passing that I am a volunteer with the Project Appleseed. A project of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, "Appleseed" is a unique blend of heritage and marksmanship education you won't find anywhere else.
In the time I've spent since participating in my first Appleseed in March of 2012 up through my current status as an instructor in training, I've had the opportunity to see literally hundreds of participants come to the firing line. While the students and instructors come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, there is quite a bit more uniformity among the rifles students and instructors choose to bring.
A typical firing line at an Appleseed anywhere in the nation will look something like this:
If you look closely at the rifles, starting from the bottom right of the screen, you'll note something interesting.
The empty rifle grounded at the bottom right is an AR-15 or a similar firearm. The first shooter in frame is using a semi-automatic .22LR training rifle (probably a Mossberg 715T), which is also apparently the same rifle used by the next shooter in line. The next man, in the red shirt, is firing a Ruger 10/22 with a scope, and while the photo gets a little grainy after that, it appears that the next shooters in line are also shooting Ruger 10/22s.
This is very typical at an Appleseed. While we proudly boast that we'll teach students marksmanship with nearly any rifle safe to fire (depending on the condition of the firearm and the safe caliber capacity of the range's berms), the simple fact of the matter is that most shooters prefer semi-automatic, detachable magazine rifles, and for good reason.
Self-loading, semi-automatic rifles allow shooters to focus on marksmanship.