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My first day out

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Denzle, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. Denzle

    Denzle Donator

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    Hello and Good day to all the forum members. Today I went along and visited a shooting club (Tondu FTC). I received a very warm welcome from the members and was made to feel right at home. After being shown around part of the course, and a few of the clubs rules explained I went straight onto the range (after my gun was chrono'd). A couple of Gents kindly helped me zero my scopes and offered plenty of advice. What an eye opener!! I've never taken my gun outside the confines of my back garden which only offers me 8-10yards to play with, so it was first time to shot at a target at 25-50yards. After being offered the use of a shooting cushion I was shown the sitting position which was totally alien to me, and at first felt rather uncomfortable but managed to get there in the end,I'm not the nimblest of guys at 6'4" and 25st (ex rugby player gone to seed). I later noticed that I was one of the only guys using a "springer" AA TXHC but that's of no consequence as I intend to learn and try and master it to the best of my ability. After a very slow start I began hitting the resettable targets with a modicum of regularity!!! Albeit at 25y. Later in the day one of the lads offered me the use of his rifle, I think it was a customised AA S400. I only took half a dozen shots and was amazed by the total lack of recoil, what a gun.
    Well to conclude my story I must Thank Simon (known on this forum as NJR 100) for all his kind help and advice, I've consequently signed up as a new member.
    Sorry about the length of this posting but I'm all excited like. (all in a broad Welsh accent)
    Kindest regards. Denzle
     
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    nice post mate, sounds like you had fun and enjoyed yourself . and next to being safe, they're the priorities !
     
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    Where's Tondu, Denzle? Something's telling me somewhere near Merthyr?
     
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    near bridgend
     
  5. Denzle

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    Actually it's a bit of a misnomer, even though it's called Tondu it's exact location is in a place called Cefn Cribw which is just on the outskirts of Bridgend (Mid-Glamorgan)
    ATB Denz
     
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    It's a great sport Denzle, keep on practicing with the TX and keep your eyes off the PCPs for now. Master the springer and it will make you a better shot in the long run.
    I often visit friends in Bridgend, I'll look up Tondu next time I'm over there, that'll give me an excuse NOT to go shopping with the girlies!
    Regards
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  8. Denzle

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    Thank you Tim:
    I'll certainly take your advice onboard Mate. I had a brilliant morning and enjoyed 3 hours of shooting and chatting with like minded folk. I'd never shot a pcp rifle until today, but Wow....no recoil whatsoever. It's something to aspire to in the future. Until then I'm sticking with "Betsy". Can't wait until my next outing. Gonna track down A shooting cushion now.
    Cheers. Denz.
     
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    Hi Denzle glad you enjoyed your day out, to me going to the range or club is what its all about, do some shooting then sit have a chat with fellow shooters, then do some more and chat to someone else, although I've started hunting I love Sunday mornings at the range, you will always meet nice like minded people, make new mates and there's always something to learn, it don't take long to get the bug.
    As timmytree says keep up the practice.
    ATB.
     
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    PCPs are great, no denying that, but a good shot with a springer is far more satisfying because it's more about the human being at the blunt end being in control. A PCP can shoot well from a B&D workmate with a bit of string pulling the trigger.
    Don't spend too much on ancillary stuff either, you can make a good shooting cushion from an ordinary cushion cover filled with rice/polystyrene beads and then covered with DPM or just black fabric. Leave it as it is if you don't care what other people think (like me.)
    Have fun though, that's the most important thing!
     
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    Nice one mate! Sounds like you had a great time! I would like to go myself with the old man and I have looked at their website a few times but, unfortunately they are just a shade too far away for me to justify regular visits with the 4x4 diesel usage etc :eek:. Glad you had such an enjoyable time and it's nice to have a good welcome. They sound like nice people over there :).

    P.S. Nothing wrong with that springer, it's a real mans rifle :D. Don't go to the "Dark side" mate lol :p
     
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    Thanks for your Kind Words Denzle, I am glad you enjoyed your visit and I am delighted you have chosen to join us.

    My first thaught on meeting you were "don't argue with him" my second thaughts were " I wont be able to shoot now for an hour".
    That was after shaking hands with you lol
    However, everyone said what a great chap you seemed and those other Mad people in the club said "its good to have another Springer shooter join"
    There are about 25% spring gun users in the club, so you should always find another Boinger to talk recoil with.

    Shooting is what you make it. Spring guns are harder to hit the target with every time. Good luck to you if you stick with it, if you do I promise your shooting /hit rate will improve each month.
    We do have a Club S400 Combo too if you (or anyone else) fancies a play with that.
    Be warned though, many have switched when they have tried!
    Anyone who thinks a Pcp makes it easy is in cuckoo land. I can prove this to anyone by taking them round our three Practice courses.

    Any time you want help with the gun, checking set up/testing pellets etc let me know.
    Its part of being a club member, the wealth of great shooters you can call on for help.

    I can help you out with a Large ft cushion, we have the Large ft cushions due this week. They are more expensive at £35, but believe me gents of our size find them worth every penny.
    Try one Thursday and you will see what I mean
    I should have an hour spare Thursday to sit down and go through with you how to check and set up your gun & Scope from 8 - 55 yards.


    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    Thank you Simon:
    I ordered an extra large cushion from our very own Picklehoffer last night (24"x24"). I didn't realise you could buy them through the club. Really looking forward to my second visit and threatening a couple of targets. I've been religiously practicing my contortionist exercises in readiness for the seated position. See you Thursday. Denzle
     
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    Thank you for that Sir:
    Infact Neil's name immediately sprung to mind as soon as I realised I needed to buy a shooting bag/cushion, especially as I needed a custom job. I bought a front rest off him recently and the quality was absolutely superb, so I know what I'll be getting. Thank you for your assistance.
    Denzle
     
  16. Awesime

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    so now the Dust has settled on Day 2, what are your thaughts now?

    Hope you enjoyed today and learnt a little.

    little an often will see you progress nicely over the coming months.
     
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    Another superb session again today Simon. Over five hours passed in a blink of an eye! Beautiful weather added to the enjoyment. I like to think I'm making some progress. A big thank you for sorting out the scope and I feel a lot more confident now. Looking forward to the next meeting which looks like next Tuesday. Thanks again. Denzle
     
  18. Awesime

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    Got to say the Welsh Willy kit has transformed your Tx 200.

    Very enjoyable to shoot it today! Yes, me, saying that about a springer!

    Good scope for it now and you will be clearing that Easy ft course!
     
  19. Denzle

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    Wow! What a day, a thoroughly enjoyable 5 hours out in the fresh air. Absolutely thrilled to bits with the TX after Welsh Willy worked his magic on it. I'm actually getting slightly more confident in my shooting now. But as one says, the longest journey starts with the first step. Eyes wide open for a new scope and I'll be sorted. Can't wait for my next outing.
    Denzle
     
  20. Awesime

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    Come on denzle, time to update the folks on your experience
     

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