I found mention of this program in another thread, http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum/firearms/27584-gramma-protecting-her-young-what-gun-get.html Appleseed Project Home. Here's a clickable map if anyone else is interested attending, Appleseed Project - Search States It's a bargain for women at $10 and $5 for youth. I have some scheduling conflicts until March with the distance to the event from my location being about 100 miles one way. I'm checking. Right now it looks like the April date is good but.... I have some reservations and questions and the website doesn't have a phone number I can call. My reservations and questions: I've shot a Taurus once about 20 years ago. We're talking point and click.... bang. I've shot BB guns since then. Forty-five years ago my brothers tried to "teach" me how to shoot a rifle. I can't remember how long it was before I could feel my arm again and I had technicolor bruises on my shoulder and hip down the back of my leg for a while. I was so mad and hurt I cried. I've never tried shooting a rifle since. Presumably... my "teachers" sucked and there won't be a repeat of this under any circumstances... am I correct? I've lost over 60 some odd % of my hearing and have to wear ear protection when I hammer nails and do other things people take for granted to protect what hearing I have left. Would I need to buy hearing protection for rifles somewhere before attending or do they provide that? Will they provide us smaller people with an "appropriate" sized rifle for training? I really don't want to end up flying backwards again after one shot at my age and I really don't want to buy a rifle when ultimately it's a hand gun I'd like to buy just as soon as I have an FOID card. It's the experience of learning how to shoot a rifle properly I want. My teenage son has some good experiences at summer rifle ranges provided by Boy Scouts. I think they were shooting 22's though.... I could be wrong. My youngest nephew just turned 13. I spoke with my brother about this and we believe his maturity level is such that he would benefit from an Appleseed weekend. But.... he only has experience shooting BB guns and I'm somewhat concerned about this body.... he's smaller than me at maybe 95# and I wouldn't want to bring him home banged up or anything. Would it be appropriate signing either one of them up with me or are these weekend events more for adults who have zip nadda nil no experience? Personally.... I'd like the company of my son and nephew as I don't quite feel comfortable going by myself since I don't know any of these people.