Regular readers know that my older daughter is an Appleseed instructor.
A big part of the marksmanship events they host around the country is teaching history and heritage, specifically relating to the events leading up to beginning of the Revolutionary War. But it turns out you don't have to be a shooter to get the history.
Your organization can also request an "Info-seed" event, and Appleseed instructors will come and present the historical portion of the training for an evening, a weekend, or a week-long seminar, if you wish.
Why am I telling you this? Two reasons.
Reason #1: a couple of weeks ago, I went with Older Daughter to an evening's Info-seed event hosted by the Anchorage chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The history presented was about the "three strikes of the match" that it took to ignite the fire of revolution in the colonists.
What's that? You don't know what those three strikes are? Then that's Reason #2.
Get thee to such an event, or an Appleseed shoot (weekend event) and let them show you how to improve your marksmanship. Learn about your heritage, and take this to heart (from their website):
Our heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the kind of care and immediacy that is absent from most formal schooling. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.
I guarantee you that it's worth your time.