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    DSC1 Shooting test - Air rifle practice

    Hi All,

    I have just booked my DSC1 for March.

    I currently have an air rifle and was wondering if I could practice for my shooting test using this?

    I was thinking of getting some shooting sticks and having a go at standing shots.

    Was wondering what a comparable test would be with a .177 12 ft/lb Air Rifle.

    If I have understood correctly for DSC1 it is :

    1) 3 shots, 4 Inch group, 100m
    2) Deer Target, shots in 6-inch correct kill area, 2 shots from 100m prone, 2 shots from 70m sitting/kneeling and 2 shots from 40m off sticks standing.

    Any advice.guidance much appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Excellent idea to practice shooting from the different positions using an air rifle.

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    It’s a nice cheap way to practise. You’ll hone your skills from all the shooting positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimFuller View Post
    Hi All,

    I have just booked my DSC1 for March.

    I currently have an air rifle and was wondering if I could practice for my shooting test using this?

    I was thinking of getting some shooting sticks and having a go at standing shots.

    Was wondering what a comparable test would be with a .177 12 ft/lb Air Rifle.

    If I have understood correctly for DSC1 it is :

    1) 3 shots, 4 Inch group, 100m
    2) Deer Target, shots in 6-inch correct kill area, 2 shots from 100m prone, 2 shots from 70m sitting/kneeling and 2 shots from 40m off sticks standing.

    Any advice.guidance much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Good idea, depending on your air rifle you could try 50 yards prone, 35 kneeling and 25 or so off sticks? Once your happy with it yet stretching the kneeling and standing a little bit further

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    I did just this. The range and target are not that important. One important thing is to work out, and become fluent and confident with your chosen sitting/kneeling position.
    The other is to get used (if possible) to the sticks that you will use - deploying them and getting comfortable.
    It will not matter then whether you are handed a Blaser or a battered BSA as you will be successful for it isn't really a difficult task.

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    Since our club only accesses a full bore range once a month, and then not the required ranges, I practiced with my air rifle as you suggest. It allowed me to get used to sticks and sight pictures. As far as targets are concerned, it is not unreasonable to simply use a 1"circle. I used ranges of 50, 40 & 30yds simply because our outdoor FT range is 50yds.
    There was no correlation of the target size and ranges, they simply provided an aiming mark (and, lets be honest, if you can't hit a 1"circle at those ranges you need all the practice you can get ). The main aim of the process was to get me comfortable with the routine and used to shooting sticks, two less things to think about on the day. It worked for me.

    HTH

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    Absolutely. I was little inconsiderate above as I have several acres to play in but did not consider that some might have a small suburban garden.

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    I scaled the DSC1 zero target down to 25% size & practiced @ 25 yards with an air rifle. If it won't alarm your neighbours you could also practice dry firing your rifle and just try to get into comfortable positions with little or no apparent movement when you pull the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbrayford View Post
    I scaled the DSC1 zero target down to 25% size & practiced @ 25 yards with an air rifle. If it won't alarm your neighbours you could also practice dry firing your rifle and just try to get into comfortable positions with little or no apparent movement when you pull the trigger.
    Plus 1 on Tim's post. I'd add PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

    Remember that the biggest obstacle to passing the test is your brain. --- More people fail do so because they get stressed & can't shoot well on the day - even if they have previous experience! - Put yourself under pressure whilst practicing to help yourself learn to control it. - Maybe challenge a friend & shoot for beer tokens.

    Ian

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    Thanks everyone for your advice.

    I will def get lots of practice in and can shoot out to about 50m with the air rifle in my garden.

    Thanks Tim - I will def get hold of the targets and try scaling them down, great idea.

    As said I think it is about the practice until it becomes muscle memory.

    Cheer :-)

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