Friday, 14 June 2019

Improvements in prone shooting

Yesterday evening I was doing more prone training. We had made some adjustments to try and solve the cant problems and stop the rifle dropping in my shoulder as I shoot. Whilst up to now my prone scores have been good, we have always needed to watch out for these things as they can lead to my shot group moving across the target and out of the 10 ring. In prone as things are so precise, any error could make all the difference.

So did the changes to the rifle make a difference? I think they might have.

Photo showing target when shooting prone

A score over 614 is a new personal best for me, so I am pleased with it. There were some really good groups in that, somewhere in the middle I had a string of 23 shots in the 10 ring. By the end I was tiring a bit and I made a few mistakes and it is possible to see this in the shots. Overall I am quite pleased with it, even if there are a few things to work on for further improvements.

Monday, 10 June 2019

All go for the World Cup

Frequent readers of my blog may remember that I had to withdraw from the International Shooting Competition of Hanover a week before that competition was due to start. The unforeseen circumstance which meant I had to withdraw has now been resolved. This means it is all go now for me for the World Cup which will happen at the end of July in Croatia.

This will be the first time I will have had to fly with my Walther air rifle. Whilst I am familiar with the process when dealing with the airline, the question is more about making sure it will fit in my Peli case. Also it will be the first time I will be flying with the table and seat I use for prone. We designed them to collapse very small but again the proof will come when we try to pack it into suitable cases. It will be good practice in readiness for flying to Australia with all the equipment.

As I had got a certain amount of the admin work out the way when preparing for Hanover, things like the paperwork for sight classification, there is much less admin for me to do in preparing for Croatia. This should give me more time to focus on my shooting and training for the competition.

Learning from training under time pressure

In the lead up to the World Cup I had been focusing very much on training and getting the correct position. This though meant that I had not...