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by, 07-02-2014 at 16:53 (2247 Views)
Just a quick update today folks.
Peter from BASC was in touch with me earlier in the week to advise of my next steps to booking on a course. It looks like my closest venue is "Staffordshire" in mid-April, although there's no more information on the specific location. He seemed to think I had a chance of getting on the April course, which is good as the next one is in October. Not that there's a rush, but it would be good to have it done this side of summer.
I joined BASC as soon as he was off the phone, as its a necessity for insurance on the course. I'd been intending to join at some point regardless, worth it for the insurance and the potential legal advice when it comes to my certificate application later on should I have any problems.
Today was form filling and sending day. I've asked for April as first choice and October if not. I'm also officially now a member of the BASC rifle club, which allows me to use their gun for the shooting test on the day. I think they also have range days for when I sort my own certificate and rifle.
The downside of course is that I'll have less time to learn my stuff if my course is in April. Luckily Stratts, one of last years bursars has already given me some tips and hints. I tend to pick up information fairly well anyhow so I'll be sure to revise hard and hopefully some of it will stick. At least it will give me something to do at work
Of greater concern than learning the test info is the shooting test. With my rifle experience limited solely to prone shots and my technique probably having accumulated a few years of rust I'll just have to take that part of the course as it comes. I've heard it's not uncommon for blokes with little experience to pass the shooting test though, so fingers crossed! The wife has agreed to buy me a romantic Valentine's day gift in the form of a book called Sporting Rifles.
You can learn marksmanship from a book.
Maybe I should see if anyone local does lessons for a reasonable fee. I've been meaning to join the club where my in-laws shoot, but chances are I'll have moved counties well before my year's membership expires and not be able to keep going, so that's gone out of the window for now.
Anyway, once again I've rambled on and probably bored any readers silly. My next update will be to let you know if I'm April or October.