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By Christopher Fenning. It is perhaps a little known fact that shooting is a surprisingly common activity. There are over clubs with more than 10, people shooting small-bore rifle on a regular basis in the United Kingdom alone. For some, shooting is a recreational sport to be enjoyed with friends and provides an environment to meet like-minded people.
For others, it is an intense challenge requiring discipline and effort with the goal of competing at club, county or international level. Rifle shooting is one of a small number of sports open to almost anyone, irrespective of any disabilities, age, gender and fitness, factors that do not by themselves define who will be good or bad at shooting as they do with some other sports although there are limitations to the type of shooting that can be done by people with a criminal record.
Each person takes something different from the sport. Some find it helps with concentration and patience; for others it provides an experience that is very different from their usual day to day activities. Regardless of how old someone might be when they start learning to shoot, there is always a first time that they pick up a rifle and learn the basics of how to fire a shot. This book aims to take the reader from that shot onward, through increasing levels of understanding and competence, until they are able to shoot in competitions.
It will offer advice and answers to common and some not so common questions, while also providing a comprehensive resource for club instructors and intermediate shooters who want to remind themselves of the basic techniques. The book covers the key aspects of small-bore rifle shooting in the prone position lying down ; positional shooting standing and kneeling is not covered here.
Newcomers to the sport may be surprised at the level of detail given in each chapter there is, for example, a chapter almost entirely about to how to breathe. Such detail may seem daunting but is presented in a way that should be easy to digest.
The first chapter is a brief history of small-bore rifle shooting, covering the key milestones and influences that led to the sport we have today. The next few chapters cover how to find a club and arrange a first shooting session, and then what to do and expect on first using a rifle. Understanding what is likely to happen and what the first session will involve should mean there are no surprises and that the session is both beneficial and fun.
For most newcomers to the sport, learning to shoot with a supported rifle resting on a box, a sandbag or such provides an introduction to the core skills of shooting. Chapter Four takes the reader through the early stages of learning to shoot, introducing key skills and providing some practice exercises to help demonstrate the theory. Both imperial and metric measurements appear in this book. Shooting distances for standard competition are between 15 and 25 yards indoors, and fixed at 50m and yards outdoors.
There is also a 50 yard outdoor event, but this is unusual and not usually a standard event, so it is not covered here. The next step for the novice is shooting without a support. Chapters Five and Six guide the reader through the transition from shooting with a stand to comfortably shooting with a jacket. Learning to shoot, as with every other sport, relies as much on practical experience as on the theory.
Throughout the book the theory is supported with exercises and activities. Chapter Seven provides a series of exercises that help demonstrate the information being described and gives step by step guidance on how to improve skills.
The next chapter introduces sight adjustment and helps the reader progress towards shooting at scored targets. Chapter Nine describes the set-up and use of a spotting scope, while the following chapter covers the types of scored targets and how to work out the scores. Care and maintenance of the equipment is an important part of this precision sport and Chapter Eleven gives practical advice on rifle cleaning. All this leads toward the excitement of confidently shooting in competitions.
Information about how competitions are run, entry requirements and general advice on making things just a little easier are all covered in Chapter Twelve. In theory this book should end there with the reader happily shooting in competitions. Some extra chapters have been added, however, offering guidance on what the reader might encounter next, such as buying kit and how to move into outdoor shooting and how the weather can have an effect on this. Remember, this book is a guide to help readers with little or no prior knowledge of the sport, but it can never be a substitute for physically going to a club and actually shooting.
Small-bore rifle shooting involves the use of. The practical skills involved are very similar to those used for both full-bore and air rifle shooting with the main difference being the type of rifle and ammunition used. Rifle shooting originated as a skill used by hunters and the military as a modernization of the marksmanship skills previously used by archers. It developed into a competitive civilian sport at international level during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.
This chapter describes the path taken from its early beginnings through to the sport recognized today, covering the principal events and governing bodies as well as some of the main manufacturers of small-bore rifles and equipment. During the nineteenth century shooting clubs and organizations developed into national shooting federations. Switzerland formed one of the earliest federations in the s, England, France and Germany formed national Associations in the middle of the century, shortly followed by the United States in It was not until the start of the next century that an international federation would be created.
International shooting competitions were first held at the Summer Olympics, and the first World Championships were held a year later in The inclusion of shooting at these events is largely believed to be the responsibility of French pistol champion Pierre de Coubertin, who was one of the founders of the modern Olympic Games.
The rifles used in competitions were either military or hunting rifles and the companies who currently make small-bore rifles for sports shooting were only just starting out. Carl Walther began his trade in , working closely with his family on the design and manufacture of target rifles. In the United Kingdom rifle shooting as a civilian sport grew from a military requirement. Around the time of the Second Boer War — it was believed necessary to increase the shooting ability of the general population in the event that the regular army could not withstand an invasion.
There were comparatively few formally recognized rifle clubs and those that did exist were associated with the Volunteers the organization now known as the Territorial Army , using military rifles on outdoor ranges. These were often located a long way from towns or cities and travelling to them was quite expensive. With ammunition costs on top of the travel, not many members of the general public could afford to shoot. This made shooting more accessible to the wider population by reducing the travel required to get to ranges.
Rifles of. It was also easier to comply with safety requirements for rifle ranges intended for the smaller rifles than those meant for high-calibre service rifles. When the rules changed in , members of a club affiliated to the British Rifle League were exempt from paying the licence fee, thus making shooting as a hobby even more accessible.
The first international governing body for shooting appeared in when eight national associations joined together to create the Union International de Tir UIT, known in English as the ISU. New members joined over the following years. By the outbreak of war in a large number of UK civilians had learnt the skills of shooting through clubs supported by the SMRC and many were willing to put these skills to use in the service of their country.
The Olympic Games, intended to be held in Berlin, did not take place. Although some international matches were held in , the ISU member countries voted to dissolve the committee.
Following the end of the war in rifle clubs in the UK suffered from a combination of increased legislation for shooting and a reduced number of club members, many of whom had been killed in action. The SMRC continued to work to increase the interest in small-bore rifle shooting and slowly over time the clubs began to revive. The ISU was re-formed in with additional members from some of the countries newly created in Europe.
The twenty-one different shooting events included in the Olympics was the highest number since the Games began; this was followed in with a decision by the International Olympic Committee IOC to allow the ISU to govern the shooting events in the future games, thus starting the relationship that continues to exist in The end of this period saw increasing interest in small-bore shooting and attendance at national and international events was very good.
The disagreement between the two governing bodies was such that shooting was excluded from the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. However, the number of events was reduced to two, with only a single rifle event. The attendance at the games was low and many of the best marksmen in the world were missing because they had won money prizes in competitions and thus did not meet the IOC amateur standards required for the Olympics.
In the years leading up to the Second World War the World Championships provided the stage for the first woman entrant in an international event: Catherine Woodring shot for the USA team and helped the team win the gold medal. During the same period shooting in the UK once again grew into a common sport, with more than 2, clubs and sixty County Associations across the country. With Europe once more at war the number of affiliated clubs in the United Kingdom increased, aided by the formation of the Home Guard, which was responsible for the foundation of many of the clubs that exist today.
By the end of there were more than 4, affiliated clubs and other organizations in the SMRC, of which 1, were former Home Guard units. The post-war years saw the reappearance of international rifle events, although the number of shooting events at the Olympic Games in London was still far below the pre high of more than twenty.
Both companies suffered at the end of the war and had to restart almost from scratch, adopting new company names that differed slightly from the original name. This new start was particularly difficult for Walther, which went from a pre-war high of more than 2, employees to being. Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 2 hours.
Description Smallbore Rifle Shooting is essential reading for those who are considering taking up the sport, and for those who already have some experience but wish to improve their skills and participate in competitions. It takes the reader forward from the point at which the very first shot is fired, introduces new levels of understanding and competence, provides useful advice, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by beginners.
The key topics, which are examined in detail, include breathing, aiming, trigger control and 'follow through'. In addition, step-by-step guidance is presented on how to build a comfortable and stable prone position whilst wearing a jacket and sling. All through the book photographs, including pictures taken through the sights to show exactly what is being described, support the theory. The author also presents practice exercises that help demonstrate the different techniques. For people looking to progress beyond indoor practice shooting, there is an explanation of types of competition, how to enter events, as well as introduction to competing outdoors and learning how to anticipate the effect of the wind on a shot.
Whilst other shooting books may focus on the detailed skills used by those who compete at an international level, this book offers guidance for those at the beginner to intermediate levels. Foreword by Nick Clark. Essential reading for all newcomers to the sport and offers guidance for novice up to intermediate levels.
Other shooting books focus on detailed skills used by those who compete at international level. Key topics covered including breathing, aiming, trigger control and 'follow through' and step-by-step guidance to achieving a comfortable and stable prone position.
Superbly illustrated with colour photographs, some of these are pictures taken through the sights to show exactly what is being described. Christopher Fenning has been shooting for over fifteen years and is a qualified club instructor. Related Categories. A small-bore rifle shooter wearing full prone position kit. Measurements Both imperial and metric measurements appear in this book.
Calibres are in inches. This can all appear a little inconsistent, but that is the nature of this sport!
Smallbore Rifle Shooting: A Practical Guide
By Christopher Fenning. It is perhaps a little known fact that shooting is a surprisingly common activity. There are over clubs with more than 10, people shooting small-bore rifle on a regular basis in the United Kingdom alone. For some, shooting is a recreational sport to be enjoyed with friends and provides an environment to meet like-minded people. For others, it is an intense challenge requiring discipline and effort with the goal of competing at club, county or international level.
Smallbore Rifle Shooting : A Practical Guide
Smallbore Rifle Shooting - A Practical Guide
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