Apr 14, 2013 11:31 PM by Tara Grimes (email@example.com)
With April 19 approaching, the day the Revolutionary War began in 1775, the Revolutionary War Veterans Association brought their national Project Appleseed event to Great Falls on Saturday and Sunday.
During the event, attendees learned about the Revolutionary War through history lessons.
"The Revolutionary War was a horrible time," instructor Mark Davis said. "To relive it would be a horrible experience and so we want people to be aware of how horrible it was so we can use our other means and our other means are paying attention to what's happening and being involved. "
Organizers said the colonists' skill with their muskets was a large reason why they won the war and so the teaching of traditional rifle marksmanship is also intertwined into the event.
"They are giving you instruction on when to pull the trigger, when you're breathing, how to breath, how to find your natural point of aim, all of these things," participant Nancy Brown said. "It's amazing one on one instruction."
Participants learned to shoot 22 rifles. During the outdoor summer events organizers bring out the the smoothbore muskets for demonstrations. These muskets were used during the war.
In the midst of all the excitement, organizers just hoped attendees would walk away with a respect for our forefathers, a love for liberty, and how marksmanship played a role in the war and continues to play a role today.
To find out when future events will be held or to learn more about Project Appleseed click here.