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The is one activity that is sure to be a big hit when you line up your air rifle and take a pop at shooting the targets with your gun! We have got ranges around the UK that offer a very secure environment where safety is paramount and where top notch air rifle shooting instruction is par for the course.If you've never tried air rifling before it is well worth giving them a shot. There's no need to be big and muscly, air guns are selected according to your height and build, so there's no massive post-trigger release recoil to worry about either. All you need to do is adopt the right stance for holding an air gun, be steady on your feet, keep your eye on the target and shoot. Read more...
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There's nothing like the satisfaction releasing the trigger on you air rifle and hearing the 'plink' of a pellet landing square on the metal target. On these air rifle experiences from IntotheBlue absolute beginners will be introduced to the sport of shooting in absolute safety.Rifle shooting is, of course, an Olympic Sport and these beginner experiences will show you the basics of the sport that athletes like Peter Wilson excel at. We've dug out a video of Peter talking about his Olympic air rifle shooting career. It makes interesting viewing!
Air guns (the generic name for the rifles and pistols you’ll be using) use compressed air to fire the ammunition (rather than a conventional gun that creates a small explosion to propel the bullet out of the barrel). There are several different types of design, but most you come across are either pneumatic or spring air.
Put simply, the gas expands (either air, carbon dioxide or another gas) and this compression increases density to create a greater pressure than the air inside than outside the barrel. As the shooter presses the trigger this compressed gas is released and the ammunition is propelled forward at speed and hey presto, you've fired a shot!
We won't bore you with all the air gun vocabulary like butt pad, stock, pistol grip, compression cylinder and muzzle, as the main aim of the game here is that you are shown how to shoot a gun safely. You’ll learn how to hold the gun correctly, how to load the ammo, the best stance to adopt and therefore how to successfully take aim and fire. After that, the fun part is getting down to some serious practice to see if you've got what it takes to be a skilled marksmen or markswoman.
Of course, as we don't all have the same physic - and you'll be pleased to know you don't have to have six pack and bulging muscles like Arnie to be a hotshot. So before you can bombard the targets with pellets, a suitable arm will be chosen for you, as all centres have a range of weapons for all different builds, ensuring novices are not hindered with a shooter that's too heavy for them, or with too much recoil.
As for what you'll be aiming at with your hand-selected air gun we have grounds that have both traditional static roundel-style targets and the 'knock down' type too. This is sometimes called field target shooting and basically involves you waiting for metal plates (often animal shaped) to pop up from anywhere. Once you strike the targets they drop down, only to spring back up again at any given moment. This type of air rifle shoot requires serious concentration and a very keen eye to track your aim successfully, but we think it is the best way of bringing out that competitive sniper spirit in you!
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