So, on the urging of Sean I signed up for the March 24-25, 2012 Appleseed event.
I had tentatively planned to go last November, but a number of things came up and I wasn’t able to go. But I did take the time before that to upgrade my 10/22 to a Liberty Training Rifle, in addition to replacing some of the parts with Volquartsen alternatives (hammer, trigger, bolt release, and, soon, the firing pin). I’m actually still getting about one FTF per 100 rounds and I’m hoping the new firing pin (already ordered) will resolve the problem. Ammo doesn’t seem to matter, as I’ve tried a number of different brands and types with similar results.
I know there are wide and varied opinions of Appleseed, but I’m willing to give it a shot (sorry) myself and highly doubt there can be anything damaging about it. At least not for me with a few years of shooting under my belt already, having participated in Vintage Rifle Matches where I’ve gotten a lot of one-on-one help from several more than willing experienced shooters, most of them former or currently serving military.
I’ll plan on doing a review of the experience, so watch this space in late March for my report.