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Complete newbie (new to the sport) based in Coventry

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by terrier, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. terrier

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    Hi, my name is Matthew & I'm 35 years old. Based in Coventry, I live with my wife and 14 year old stepdaughter.

    We've just got back from The Shooting Show at Stoneleigh & had a go on the air rifles. It seems my stepdaughter is pretty good at it (well, she's a darn sight better than me, anyway!). We enjoyed it & we're interested in joining a club.

    Looking around, we can see there's different clubs offering a whole range of different disciplines of airgun shooting. Is there much difference between the different disciplines?

    Some of the terms meant nothing to me - I can take a guess at what "10 metre air pistol" means, but "Cowboy action" & "black powder revolver" have me completely baffled.

    I'm thinking we'll just turn up to the club that offers the most different disciplines & have a go, see what suits us best. There's one about 30-40 minutes drive away that has quite a few options.

    In the meantime is there any advice you can give? I really haven't got a clue about the sport, never fired an airgun before today & don't know a thing about it!

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    A warm welcome along to a really friendly forum Matt. I'm sure some of the Midlands lads will soon be along to share their words of wisdom with you :)
     
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    Hello mate and welcome. This is a great place to be for a great sport
     
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    Hi Mathew. Welcome to THE forum, glad that you are getting into this great sport, lots of friendly folks on here only too willing to help you. Atb Paul.
     
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    Hi Terrier and welcome. If you live in Coventry then the closes course is the Greyhound at Longford. I can get there from south Birmingham (Bromsgrove) in 40 minutes so your journey should be a very short one. A few hours there will provide all the answers you need as the crowd over there are always ready to help.
     
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    Welcome Matthew, and congrats for finding the finest airgun forum on the net. You'll find everything you need to know on here. Very knowledgeable chaps -and ladies. The best tip I can give you is - get the Mrs. involved and interested;), you won't regret it when you,- and you will!- have to get the 'plastic' out, if you get my drift. Good luck buddy :cool::up:
     
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    Welcome along
     
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    A very warm :welcome: to this merry band of guys n gals Matthew, it’s good to have you join us …………...… :thumb:
     
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    Hi Matt and welcome to the forum mate, enjoy and you'll soon find what you want. Steve
     
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    Welcome matt , great guys on here , great idea to join a club , get some practice in on the plinking ranges while you decide on a specific event , hft is a good place to start I think personally
     
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    Welcome along.......:up: Your stepdaughter will benefit from a compact pcp (precharged pnematic) rifle and get fairly good results with it straight away and hopefully cement her interest, I would be looking at a quality pcp between you to start with. As mentioned above, before splashing any cash, go along to the club recommended to you and see what the members use, have a hold and look through a few scopes and generally get a better idea what's involved and what you'd need. A decent pcp would be starting at £450-£600 plus scope at £50-£100 then charge bottle or pump £150-£300 then pellets.. 1-2p each.... Spring rifles tend to be a little heavier because of the internal actions and require an effort to continually cock through a session, but they don't ever require any charging gear and can be nearly as accurate out to 35-40 yards with some practice. Quality ones can be found for around £300......:up:
     
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    Blimey, I didn't realise there was a club so close by!

    I'd seen one in Warwick (Wedgnock) that looked pretty good & I've sent them a note with a few enquiries - but that was before I realised there was a club 4 miles away!

    I notice on their site it says, "Under NO circumstance will the club tolerate any illegal firearms or shooting of any live quarry." Is that specific to whilst you're at the club, or more generally? A shoot near me has a roost shoot (pigeons & squirrels) at the end of each pheasant season & I'd be interested in shooting live quarry for the pot with them (once I know what I'm doing).

    Not a problem if that sort of thing is frowned upon there (I'm aware that shooting live quarry is a controversial subject), my stepdaughter and I enjoyed shooting at targets today & I would be more than happy to continue with that - mostly, I'm just keen to learn about the sport & have fun - I don't want to get off on the wrong foot.
     
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    Purely whilst you are on club grounds. I have seen many times birds perched on the targets and it a lovely sight to see and it would be very sad if someone shot at them.
     
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    Hi and welcome
     
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    Hello and welcome to out happy little band.
     
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    Welcome from another Coventry member. Greyhound is a good club nice plinking range to get to know your rifle over different ranges and a hft course too. If I can be of help in anyway being local give me a shout. I have a pcp and a couple of spring guns you are welcome to try out. I also have a chrono so you can check your guns are within the legal limit.

    I have ample hunting grounds and can hopefully give you advise on hunting too as you have expressed an interest in this field but then you will get all this advise on this fine forum. If I can help in anyway (can advise you where not to buy a gun locally too) give me a shout.
     
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    Welcome brother hope you enjoy the forum
     
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    hi and WELCOME to the forum :D:welcome:
     
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    Hi Matt, welcome to the forum. Before you do anything else read Jackroadkill's excellent sticky "New to shooting, some frequently asked questions" at the top of the Anything Airgun Related section .
    atb
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    Thanks. I had thought as much, but wanted to check. I don't want to upset people on my first day (or ever)! I wouldn't dream of shooting anything without landowner's permission, regardless of where I was - but I certainly don't relish the thought of shooting birds or mammals just for the sake of it.

    Live quarry or not, for the most part my interest is in learning about the sport & developing the skills anyway - partly for myself, partly for my stepdaughter. Thanks for your help & I look forward to seeing you all.
     

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