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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.
Can't you?
Oh.
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.
Cheerio!
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  1. joed's Avatar
    Hi, was in the same boat as you re: shooting positions. I had a go at the different positions at the variety of ranges today. The ones you'd face in the shooting test. My first advice would be relax, you'll get it. Practice as much as you can, the advice I got today was get some sticks that fit. Again have been told making them is cheapest, seems obvious that! There is chap selling quad sticks on here that look good. Good luck mate....btw where are you in midlands pm if prefer
  2. SimpleSimon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by joed
    Hi, was in the same boat as you re: shooting positions. I had a go at the different positions at the variety of ranges today. The ones you'd face in the shooting test. My first advice would be relax, you'll get it. Practice as much as you can, the advice I got today was get some sticks that fit. Again have been told making them is cheapest, seems obvious that! There is chap selling quad sticks on here that look good. Good luck mate....btw where are you in midlands pm if prefer
    Cheers Joe. I've emailed back and forth with Mike at Calton Moor range to discuss getting some coaching in, price seems pretty reasonable so I've just got to clear it with the Mrs now I've entered the charity raffle for a set of quad sticks, so fingers crossed! Otherwise I'll maybe up make a set of bipod types.
    I'm in Brum area for now, probably moving to either north Yorks or Worcestershire in the next couple of months.
  3. Richard S's Avatar
    Hello Simon,

    If the book you mention in a recent post is the one by Bruce Potts, it was responsible for my downfall.
    I was happily shooting a .22 rimfire but after reading this I was hooked on centrefire rifles and now have a Sako 85 as well.
    I've also started reloading so I suppose I'm beyond help.
    As regards sticks, I would suggest you try a set of home made quads. Very easy to make and you will be amazed at the steadiness (see the thread "Monkey Sticks" by Monkey Spanker).
    You will find DSC1 great fun and very informative. The shooting test is not hard if you don't get flustered and shoot the next man's target as I did ! Fortunately they let me shoot again.
    All the best,

    Richard
    Updated 10-02-2014 at 09:35 by Richard S
  4. SimpleSimon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard S
    Hello Simon,

    If the book you mention in a recent post is the one by Bruce Potts, it was responsible for my downfall.
    I was happily shooting a .22 rimfire but after reading this I was hooked on centrefire rifles and now have a Sako 85 as well.
    I've also started reloading so I suppose I'm beyond help.
    As regards sticks, I would suggest you try a set of home made quads. Very easy to make and you will be amazed at the steadiness (see the thread "Monkey Sticks" by Monkey Spanker).
    You will find DSC1 great fun and very informative. The shooting test is not hard if you don't get flustered and shoot the next man's target as I did ! Fortunately they let me shoot again.
    All the best,

    Richard
    Hi Richard,
    That's the one. I'm looking forward to a good read when it arrives.
    I might have a go at making some Monkey Sticks, no disrespect to Mr Limulus, I'm sure his are much better but as I'm on a budget of 0 and hoping for some change the DIY route looks good.
    Whatch this space for my illustrated stick making blog!
  5. stratts's Avatar
    You'll be fine mate Peter is a nice fella at BASC too.

    That book should be posted today and there's a little something extra in there that may help with the shooting test!

    Stratts
  6. bullet chucker's Avatar
    The shooting side of your exam is to show a confident and safe series of shots from a different shooting position you may find yourself in when out for real, so dont get into a flap worrying about something you will do naturally if the case should arise. ENJOY.