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Rifle range visit - my first experience

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by neiled, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. neiled

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    I've just got my FAC licence and bought my first FAC .22 Airwolf, 22LR Ruger 10/22 & a CZ455 HMR along with new Hawke Varmint SF scopes for them all so I needed to zero the scopes in but there's nowhere near to me that allow rimfire or FAC air so I went to a rifle range for the first time yesterday, The Minsterley Ranges, The Bog, Minsterley, Shropshire and what an experience it was :D as they have both 50m and 100m ranges.

    Ok first the bad bits, it was an hours drive and it's expensive at £30 visitor fee then there was the extras which soon mount up as I'd never done this before (target backing, targets, pins, ear plugs etc.) so overall it was £45 plus fuel. I can't go on about the good bits too much as it would take forever to explain and type but :D :D :D :D it was Gggggreat (as Tony the tiger would say). It was well worth the money for both the experience and the set up was brilliant.

    I have to mention my naivety when I first set up in the 100m range with my 17HMR as there we're about 3 other guys in there who we're chatting so allowed me to go and pin my targets up then when the all clear was sounded I was just about to take my first shot when I thought the bloody room had blown up :eek: :eek:.....I think they we're firing 6.5mm & 7mm rounds and I didn't have any ear defenders or plugs in! As I said it was my first visit to a shooting range and I never though rifles could be so loud in a confined space hence my embarrassing retreat to the shop to buy some earplugs :eek: :eek:

    Now I've got my Airwolf and .22FR set up for 55m zero and my 17HMR at 100m zero I can't wait to get out there and do some bunnie bashing.......that's if I can find any of course!
     
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    nice account of your day well done pal and good luck. atb Gary.
     
  3. Lydford

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    Enjoyed reading that. Even .22lr at my local range make a racket without ear defenders! I'm considering going for FAC as well and the Ruger 10/22 would be the rimmy of my choice. All the best ...
     
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    Unfortuneately the boys at the range love the smell and the noise,when i went last time with my .22 lr T bolt fitted with a mod they all looked at me like i was from another planet.phut phut phut they went banggggg bannnngggg bannnngggg.
    I also needed an indicator to go into the barrel to show my multishot weapon was dead and safe.Ive never seen so much brass laying round on the floor, they have dustbins full of brass shells.I was on the 50m range, and absolutely shooting the pants off the open sighted guys,you cant beat a riflescope and a good .22.At my range in chislehurst HMR isnt allowed.
    I did find it most strange most of the lads were getting proper stuck in on the 25m range,blimey i can shoot an acorn at 100m,why they are messing round with 25m i dont know, but hey they were having fun!!:up:
     
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    Well done on the FAC Neil, hope you enjoy using them in the field! regards Paul.
     
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    Hello neiled I replied to one of your posts about FAC ranges that were close to you. Well there is Valley Arms in Ruthin that use an old quarry that I think they have a range out to 100 yards. You could contact them and ask some questions. Darran.
     
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    You're a long way from me, but I'm hoping at some point to sort a fac day on our land for AGF fac shooters, I have one part of the farm that is a good clear shot out to nearly a kilometre.

    There is another very experienced fac holder local to me who might help out too.
     
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    Hi Larro

    I did call and speak with Valley Arms and they said they had a short range at their premesis but it was only for air rifles but they also did use a local quarry once a month but you had to be a member and couldn't go there as and when you wanted so it wasn't suitable for me.
     
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    Hi Kyska

    Id be interested in an FAC day out so keep the forum informed on how it progresses
     
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    Me too - sounds like a great idea.
     
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    I set my .22lr up at 70 yards to take the shorter and longer shots, and the .270 an inch high at 100 :)

    The .223 remains untouched at present, and FAC air of some description will follow, in due course...

    Sounds like you had a great day :)
     
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    Have experienced similar issues when using a CZ 452 on the 25m range at our club, this lad comes next to me with a Lee enfield .303 and also a 1858 Remington Revolver (black powder .38 ball) so not only did you get a hell of a racket with the .303, there was also a huge cloud of smoke and massive bang with the Remington, my ear defenders were ringing :eek: Nice choice of rifles by the way :up:
     

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