Firstly I'm an idiot as I put a post up in this forum last week saying I had my DSC1 test next month. It's actually this weekend, which I'm sure I've known for a while now. I'm doing it with the BDS in Dorset.
Anyway - as I'm packing to go away tonight (driving off after work tomorrow), I'd be grateful if someone could answer two questions for me.
1. I have the equipment listed below packed and ready for the simulated stalk / shooting test:
- Waterproof trousers / jacket
- Shooting sticks
- Ear defenders
I don't have a rifle or ammunition to take - the police won't grant me a deer rifle without DSC1. Is there anything else I might need?
2. I have gone through all the threads I can find here regarding the simulated stalk. I can find no clear answer on whether I should carry a rifle
a) pointing at the floor
b) pointing into the sky
I have found that some people advise "always at the floor" - I can do this by putting the sling over my right shoulder and controlling the direction of the barrel with a hand on the forend. I'm not confident with that approach however.
I have also found that some people advise "into the sky with sling over the shoulder". Some of those people advise carrying it like the picture on this page:
Others say the rifle should be in front of you with a hand on the forend. I struggle to picture this, but is it achieved by carrying the rifle "upside down"?
Still others say ask on the day what the acceptable technique is and demonstrate it.
Any advice you can give about this would be very valuable - I'm very nervous about the safety stuff as my experience with rifles is (see above) limited.