This course was run at the ECSC Diamond Hill Range last Saturday. It was intended to provide a detailed introduction to the Safety Rules and Procedures in use on our range and also as an introduction to the skills and practices which help develop competence in target shooting.
22 members who have joined the club in the last three months were in the audience, accompanied by 6 experienced members to act as coaches and instructors
Safety topics covered included the safe handling of firearms on the range, along with transport and storage of such firearms. also covered were on range procedures during the types of competitions which would be most frequently encountered when shooting at club or National level.
The Shooting skills section included the following topics:
- Underlying principles of marksmanship.
- Equipment set up including scope mounting and sighting in. for new shooters
- Range estimation.
- Shooting positions.
- Courses of fire for NASRPC competitions including Gallery Rifle and Pistol.
The Rifle shooting positions started off the bench, followed by Prone, Sitting and Kneeling. Whilst not often encountered in recent times, it is a good learning experience for new shooters to realise the value of establishing a stable platform to develop consistent performance. The standing position will be covered in club competitions shortly.
Attendees also received coaching in pistol shooting, including, stance, grip and sighting.
Below are photos of some of the attendees.