DSC1 Simulated Stalk Equipment (URGENT)

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neutron619

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Hi guys.

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
- Binoculars
- 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:

http://www.sportinggun.co.uk/shooti..._deer_stalking_affect_the_rifle039s_zero.html

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.

Many thanks,

Adam.
 

palmer_mike

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Sounds like you have all you need for the shooting test and sim stalk. TBH when i did the simulated stalk on my dsc1 we carried a rifle but didn't bother with binoculars or sticks etc (but bet to have them with you just in case!).

Also, I was on a 3 day course, the tests were all on day 3. The day before the tests we were told that on the simulated stalk we should carry our rifles muzzle down.

All the best with it,
Mike

PS - sure you'll do fine
 

murrayb

Well-Known Member
Boots?

As for the rifle Barrel down as if you have a mod and/or bipod on the it would make it unwieldy and should the worst happen in a real situation you should only put a hole in the ground rather than launching a projectile at some ballistic angle over the horizon. If anything happens and you are carring it like the pic you are in deep do do...

I was nervous as hell about this bit of the course as well - the rest I was fine about. Basically relax, on mine the instructors we supportive and want you to pass. Obviously if the end up looking down the barrel of the rifle you'll fail.

Check you're saftey catch often and be seen to check it and tell the instructor what you are doing. This includes checking rifle is clear before accepting it and passing it over. You wont look like a nerd because they want you to show that you are safe - and the only way is to demonstrate it and say what you are doing.

For the deer targets LOOK AT THEM. Use your bins - it can help. Look for problems. If you are unsure about it you will probably be right and there is a problem with the shot. Even if you don't know why you dont want to shot it just say no and I'm not happy with it. I did - and after a few questions to me it turned out that the reason I didn't shot was correct. But the one that IS safe is obviously so.

​Good luck
 

neutron619

Well-Known Member
Thanks guys - understood.

Just to be clear then, carrying a rifle with the muzzle pointing at the ground means:
a) Putting the strap over your shoulder with the rifle "upside down", then
b) Lowering the muzzle of the rifle so that it's pointing well down towards the floor?

I've been shown other ways of carrying them on my accompanied stalking trips so far, though I guess that's partly because of the way the stalking was done.

Thanks again for any guidance you can give,

Adam.
 

timbrayford

Well-Known Member
Hi guys.

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
- Binoculars
- 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:

http://www.sportinggun.co.uk/shooti..._deer_stalking_affect_the_rifle039s_zero.html

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.

Many thanks,

Adam.


If you are doing the test with Jan Andrews and the BDS in Dorset she will probably ask you to carry the rifle muzzle down. atb Tim
 

JabaliHunter

Well-Known Member
The day before the tests we were told that on the simulated stalk we should carry our rifles muzzle down.
If you are doing the test with Jan Andrews and the BDS in Dorset she will probably ask you to carry the rifle muzzle down
I would just ask the assessors before the test. It was a long time ago, but when I did mine we all had to carry muzzle up even though I was used to carrying the muzzle down...
 

arron

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Also show anyone in your company that the rifle is safe either when you pick it up or pass ot on , and show that you are always muzzle aware , try to relax and keep calm , then you shouldnt panick and make mistakes , atb arron.
 
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paul o'

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just chill feller and take in some air you will be fine :old: no deer are going to be shot so just relax and suck in the info, just a walk in the woods enjoy it remember the back stops as that will be a big thing ,if you are't happy tell her/he why you would not take the shot .
atvb
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JAYB

Administrator
Site Staff
I'm pretty sure, but I can't really remember but I am reasonably sure that I was asked for my knife when I was doing the simulated stalk, to check it's suitability.

John
 

timbrayford

Well-Known Member
I would just ask the assessors before the test. It was a long time ago, but when I did mine we all had to carry muzzle up even though I was used to carrying the muzzle down...

The firm instruction from Mrs Andrews was muzzle down, she will I expect leave you in no doubt of how your rifle is to be handled. :scared: :rofl:
 

neutron619

Well-Known Member
Thanks again for the responses guys :) I'm not going to be taking my knife as I'll be "on the road" so to speak and it will be difficult to explain to plod that it's in my car for my test yesterday if I should get stopped. Other than that, have added boots to my packing and will be carrying muzzle down or as instructed by the assessor.

Adam.
 

JAYB

Administrator
Site Staff
Thanks again for the responses guys :) I'm not going to be taking my knife as I'll be "on the road" so to speak and it will be difficult to explain to plod that it's in my car for my test yesterday if I should get stopped. Other than that, have added boots to my packing and will be carrying muzzle down or as instructed by the assessor.

Adam.

Can't see why carrying a knife to take a test that the Police have insisted you take would be difficult to explain, if ever there was a reasonable excuse for having it with you tis would be it. Stillo it's your choice, good luck with thr test.

John
 

bogtrotter

Well-Known Member
When I did mine we were not told muzzle up or down, we were asked to show the instructor the rifle was empty
then proceed as we would if we were stalking, the instructor asked several safety questions, for example how you
would cross a ditch or fence on your own or if accompanied.

Nothing tricky just common sense.

Short walk round the area spot the deer silhouettes , asked whether you would shoot it or not if not why not, again nothing difficult , just think ultra safe.

When I did mine there was only one target that was a really safe shot, and it was very obvious.
 
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neutron619

Well-Known Member
Can't see why carrying a knife to take a test that the Police have insisted you take would be difficult to explain, if ever there was a reasonable excuse for having it with you tis would be it. Stillo it's your choice, good luck with thr test.

John

Ok - well - too late now - I'm packed for the road and at work now, so I won't be going home to get it. I take your point though - if I could just show them the letter from the Firearms Licensing Manager, that might make for quite an amusing conversation.
 

mathieson

Well-Known Member
Hi guys muzzle up or muzzle down both are fine whatever is most comfortable for you the main thing they are looking is safety just relax an enjoy the course if not sure ask thats what the course is about good luck
 

timbrayford

Well-Known Member
Ok - well - too late now - I'm packed for the road and at work now, so I won't be going home to get it. I take your point though - if I could just show them the letter from the Firearms Licensing Manager, that might make for quite an amusing conversation.

Good luck with your DSC1. atb Tim
 
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