Because this discipline uses live fire .22 ammunition, ( bullets as opposed to air gun pellets ) a higher degree of accuracy is required by the club before any new / probationary member is given access to any firearms or ammunition.
Please don't let the above statement put you off! The club has over 100 years of history without any shooting accidents or incidents and this is down to our attention to safety at all times.
.22 bench rest shooting can be practised by anyone with a love or interest in target shooting but is also hugely favoured by anyone with a disability or who finds the prone position particularly difficult, painful or uncomfortable for whatever reason. The sport is still hugely demanding on a skills based level despite the fact that you may wish to use a telescopic sight a luxury not available in any of the other disciplines on offer at the club. You can of course opt to use traditional iron sights just to make things that little bit harder!!! However don't be fooled, a telescopic sight may make the target look nice and big but consistently hitting the middle is still not as easy as you may imagine it would be!!! The .22 bench rest coaching course runs in conjunction with the .22 prone shooting course and lasts for a total of 13 weeks. At the start of the course you shoot air rifles so that the coaches and instructors can ensure you have achieved the basic skills needed to be able to aim correctly and safely hit a designated target consistently, once you have achieved that basic level of marksmanship you will progress on to live fire shooting progressing from 25 yard targets to 50 meter targets and finally 100 yard targets. Our goal as club coaches and instructors is to get you to a standard of marksmanship competent enough for you to take part in the next available, South West Open Championships giving you an above average chance of winning the class that your new skills dictate that you will be shooting in. The club coaches and instructors have an outstanding record in achieving this goal. Are you up for a challenge? To apply for a place on one of our .22 bench rest coaching courses please click HERE. Simply fill in the form and check the box for .22 Bench rest shooting or any other discipline you may be interested in.
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