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Advise on taking the sport up seriously

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Hi there all, I'm not exactly new to the sport of shooting. In fact ive been shooting practicly since I was old enough to hold up a rifle and then would shoot every summer with a youth group in an annual competition which I always wone. I did of course have an advantage having been taught by my dad who was a national standard shot having tied 1st in the 92 national pistol championships but coming second on the x ring rule, all on the one and only competition he competed in due to his work as a surgeon taking over. Since leaving school aged 18 in 2004 I mostly have done sport shooting shooting a webly venom viper .22 mostly bagging rabbits and squrils as with work and then med school that was all I had a chance of doing time wise. All the time though I've had to compete with my dad, who despite being a doctor will still always be the american farm boy that he grew up as shooting running rabbits in the head with a .22 long rifle and racoons chipmoncks in the garden. Believe me that kind of child hood makes you a great shot in my experience, especially when it comes to game hunting, guys like that don't know the meaning of buck feaver, which sadly I cannot say applies to me.

 

However over the past few weeks I pulled out my dad's old .177 target rifle, it's a Gamo MC super match and from what I can tell it wasn't even a top end rifle when he got it 20 years ago. It's a side leaver compressed air rifle which does admittidly have a decent trigger. But over the past few weeks I have shot consistantly in the mid nintey percent scores over 60 shots having shot 565 the first time I picked it up after probably a good two to three years not having shot 10 meter air rifle, and about a year since i did any shooting. The next time I shot I scored 571, and the time after that 569 and the most recent shoot I did was on good friday shooting 575 over 60 shots. I did this shooting out doors in my garden and without a shooting jacket, just wearing a baggy hoodie over a t shirt.

 

So long story short I'm now convinced that I have what it takes curtasy of that pleasent run of scores with -excrement- equipment and -excrement- conditions and lack of training to compete at least with the countries top shots after looking at the recent NSRA results at bisley. So now that I finally have to confidence to take the plunge and devote some time to shooting I was wandering what peopels advise would be about getting into the serious end of the sport. Bear in mind my aim is to improve my average score to significantly higher than the UK's top scores and come close to those shot in the top end on the world stage, hopefully maybe some day approaching that famous 599.

 

So first thing first, does anybody know of any clubs in Brighton or the Brighton area as that is where I am doing my medical degree (yes yes following in my fathers footsteps on that front as well). I guess it will be essential to get some competition practise in to convert back gargen scores into competiton wins.

 

What equipment would people recommend and where should I be looking to get it? What are peopels thoughts on upgrading my equipment, I do have to admit it does get a bit tireing pumping up the gun over 60 shots which I do believe is affecting my score (my last 4 cards or 20 shots always have more 8's and 9's and less 10's than over the first 40, except for the first card as that can be a bit iffy getting going. Does the Steyer LG110 i think it is which is sold at the NSRA shop sound like a decent gun to go for. At the £1225 price including case and sights it sounds like it's if not a bargain a decent price compared to the other guns on the market. Also is this the gun that was used for that 599 score? Not that that is that important, but if the gun was good enough in whoever's hands that shot that, it has to be good enough for me right? Or as I am still a student I would be interested in going for a second hand gun if one came about that was of the correct quality as I don't see much point of going for anything other that the level of equipment used in serious competiton. Any ideas on where I might find such a gun or do I just have to save up and bit the bullet and spend the 1250?

 

And finally what is the deal with these shooting jackets and eye pieces? Do they actually help or do they make you look like a complete ideot when somebody wearing a t shirt beats you in a competition? I mean it's not like there even cheap. The ones on the NSRA shop are between £150 - £300. That is a lot of dosh to leave behind if it is just to make you look like a pillock and the same goes for the strange shooting eye piece things!

 

Sorry for the long post, it's just that I have so many questions that I kinda need answering and have no real plan of how to get into the buisness end of the sport. Any and all help will be much appreciated.

 

Cheers,

 

Myron

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Guest Karaokeb

Hi Myron,

 

Sorry do not know of any clubs in your area but if you contact the NSRA membership officer he should be able to help with the details of clubs in the Brighton area. Concerning guns try Surrey Guns and Churchleys Worthing. www.churchleysgunshop.co.uk and Steve at City Air Weapons Birmingham. All specialise in target shooting and will have a collection of s/h guns and a wealth of knowledge to impart.

 

Regards

 

 

Karaokeb

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You must be joking. Brighton?

 

I run the Target Shooting club on behalf of the university. You are more than welcome to come down and train with us. Send me a PM if you're interested.

 

Constantine

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I went to the Ford ranges complex near Littlehampton to purchase a pistol from one of their members. Despite not being able to sell me anything they were most friendly and helpful. They run competitions and were willing to offer advice.

Westons in Brighton were also helpful (I am a newby to PCP).

There is a shooting club in Brighton (near the bypass) for cartridge rifles and I'm sure they would help you.

There is also the Marina ranges under Marine parade but I don't know if that is still going.

Finally, join the NSRA, they will be able to offer advice and this allows you to shoot at Mecca (Bisley).

Good luck and I hope you succeed.

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Hehe, we already nabbed him :thefinger:

 

C.

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