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Project Appleseed - Known Distance!

  • Elk River Training Center

    4626 SR 50, Pelham, TN (map)

    35.321358 -85.858894

  • Ring in the New Year by showing how effective you are with a rifle out to 400 yards! We recommend attending a regular Project Appleseed before attending this event, but you shall receive top-notch instruction on target Identification, acquisition and ballistics.

    Both Centerfire and 22 Rimfire allowed at this range

    *** An Appleseed KD is a long distance shoot and requires advanced skills. The targets may be anywhere from 100 to 400 yards depending on the Location. Only those that have previously attended an Appleseed should sign up.

    A Groupon for 33-35% off is available at

    You MUST register here:

    Please Read: How to Prepare for an Event

    Safety Notice:

    Rifles must be cased and left in vehicle until after the Safety Briefing. Do Not bring your firearms out until instructed to bring them to the firing line. No loaded firearms on the range unless on the firing line and load command has been given. Eye and ear protection required. No illegal firearms are allowed. Some ranges are .22 rimfire only. At ranges that allow centerfire no rifle cartridges over 8mm cal are allowed.

    Range Fee: $10 per day for one-day events as well as KD events, $25 per weekend for others.

    Camping Available:

    None onsite.


    Numerous available in Suwanee, Monteagle or Manchester, TN. About 20 minutes to any of them.



    State Laws to be aware of:

    Tennessee State gun laws at the NRA:
    Tennessee State gun laws at GLBS:!/states/tennessee-gun-laws
    It is the responsibility of attendees to know and comply with all Tennessee and Federal Firearms Laws.


    Regular Appleseed Events

    This will be a 25M event for .22lr. Centerfire is permitted. This event is appropriate for people from beginners to seasoned pros of all ages.

    Info for Appleseed KD (Known Distance) Events Only follows - Not regular Appleseeds

    The info below applies to KD (Known Distance) Appleseeds only - not the regular Appleseeds. This is a center fire only event.

    What this is:
    This is an intermediate level class for rifle shooters. This is NOT a beginner class for new centerfire rifle owners. This is a class for shooters who have some experience with their rifles but who may lack confidence at longer distances. We will not spend a lot of time on the basics like we do at one of our Project Appleseed 25 meter events.
    We will have minimal class time mostly spent on trajectory. Please try to have a 25 yard zero on your primary rifle if possible. We will shoot verification sighters at 25, 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards.
    Shooters will have at least two or more opportunities, to earn a Project Appleseed Long Distance rocker by qualifying Rifleman at[masked] yards. Time permitting we will shoot to 500+ yards at steel targets.

    What to bring:
    Eye and ear protection,
    shooting mat,
    centerfire rifle capable of firing accurately to 400 yards, preferably zeroed at 25 yards.
    Also, 300 rounds of ammunition of a similar kind, i.e., all 147 grain 30-06 loaded to same specs, or something of that nature.
    Notebook and writing instruments.
    Teachable attitude, most important.
    Whatever you plan to eat for lunch. It will be a working lunch with presentations in the Elk River training center.
    Clothing appropriate for the weather including rain gear. We shoot regardless of weather conditions.

    Misc: We will post a template of range data card, to copy and bring. We suggest you make a number of copies of this. We fill focus extensively on range estimation and shooting sighter groups every 100 yards out to 500 yards. The goal is to make sure you leave with precise data about where your shots hit at these distances and establish your rifle’s BSZ (Battle Sight Zero). We will provide multiple opportunities to qualify KD at this two day event.
    We will spend a lot of time going back and forth to the target line out to 400 yards. There is a good range road down the center of the range and you may drive your vehicle back and forth to save time or bring an ATV or bicycle if you like to save time and energy. There is no transportation provided by the range or Project Appleseed.

    Note: Effective 2016, range fees for KD events will be $25/day.

    For more information contact:

    Name: Marty Tate (Regulator on the Appleseed Forum) Email Address: [masked] Phone:[masked]

    Name: Ben 'Ramblin' Wreck' Brandon via the Appleseed Forum Email Address: [masked] Phone: (423)[masked]

    Name: Elk River Training Center Phone: (931)[masked]

    Instructors Resources: PDF

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  • Gregory E Seneff S.

    If you have not purchased a Groupon discount for a Project Appleseed event, time is running out. October 15 the offer will expire, although the purchased discounts will be valid for up to a year. If you think you may want to attend a Project Appleseed in the next year now is the time to purchase the Groupon. The discount is 33%-35%. Adult admission is normally $60.00 for a 2 day event but with the Groupon it is $40.00. Children's admission is normally $20.00, but with the Groupon it is $14.00.

    September 23

  • Gregory E Seneff S.

    Please be advised that .17HMR caliber rifles and the S&W M&P 15-22 rifle are NOT allowed at Project Appleseed events due to reported safety issues.

    September 23

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