Trans Continental .303 Shooting Competition.

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

There is still frost on the ground when we arrive at Bisley. We are here to shoot in Australia. We cannot be in Australia for the weekend, we have neither the time nor the money to fly around the world to fire 24 rounds at large back circles deep in the Australian bush. But what we can do, is turn up as the range opens, buy 40 rounds of PPU ammunition and lie down in the subzero temperatures to try replicate the conditions of New South Wales and shoot. The idea is old fashioned, it used to be called “postal shoots”. We still post our results, no longer by post, but by email and with photos. The Australians take our scores and write them on the board at the weekend with all the other shooters.

image

A cold and crisp morning on Century range.

Continue reading

Posted in At the Range, Trans Continental Shooting | 1 Comment

Shooting in adverse conditions.

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

Like most sports the majority of recreational participants are “fair weather” shooters. I don’t blame them to be honest! No one enjoys getting wet/cold/blown over.. If you compete at shooting events you will know that you simply have to deal with whatever conditions occur. Bearing that in mind, a group of us decided to head to the welsh valleys in January for a days sport. I spent the week before said shoot getting the 4×4 serviced and prepped as forecasts were looking slightly ominous! I figured vehicle reliability would be rather important. And it was..

image

The Subaru getting tested!

Continue reading

Posted in At the Range, New shooters guide | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How to get into shooting sports in the UK.

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

The United Kingdom has a long and proud history regarding shooting sports. It also has some of the strictest laws in the world regarding the use or ownership of firearms. I speak regularly with people who would like to give target sports a go but dismiss the idea as they assume it would be impossible. So is it possible and how does one go about it safely, legally and responsibly? I hope to point you guys in the right direction and provide links and resources here for the new shooter.

image

Continue reading

Posted in New shooters guide | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Magpul PRS butt stock review.

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

I have been using the PRS for about a year now. I figured it has been long enough to provide an honest account of it’s performance. I am not a Magpul fanboy by any means. I have used many Magpul products, some I liked and some I didn’t. The PRS is a bit of both for me, I have loved and hated it in equal measure!

image

Continue reading

Posted in Accessories/Gun parts | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Practical/target shotgun – what’s it all about?

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

I have been shooting competitively since I was 12. A good few years ago now! Back then shooting sports in the UK were rather… tame. The most popular branches of the sport were target rifle disciplines. Everyone wearing brightly coloured leather shooting jackets, shooting in the prone position at standard paper targets set at a single fixed distance. One would take a break for tea and cucumber sandwiches during lunch and then back into prone for another round in the afternoon. Obviously I am being a little comical with the cucumber sandwiches but you get the idea, very formal. If you turned up with khaki cargo trousers on eyebrows would be raised…
Personally I always longed for a more practical experience. I wanted to shoot in different positions, in a variety of environments at multiple/interesting targets. I had heard about practical shotgun but asking anyone about it risked raising eyebrows even further. It seemed to occupy a small niche that attracted scorn from the traditional crowd. I heard many shooters remark that PSG (Practical shotgun) was “bad for shooting as a whole” and attracted “the wrong type of people”. The Police took a similar stance and actively discouraged people from applying for the type of shotgun that would be suitable. I never did end up trying it out despite really wanting to due to the stigma it seemed to attract.
Roll forward a couple of decades and things have changed a bit. Practical/target shotgun is now one of the fastest growing disciplines in UK shooting…

image

Continue reading

Posted in At the Range | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scope Review – Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

I have owned the PST for about a year now. It sits on my Remington 700 based .308. It has seen extreme rain, cold, heat, wind, dust, mud and the odd bang on the gun cabinet. I know some scope reviews go into serious detail when rating glass. I have neither the equipment or optical knowledge to do anything like that. I am a photographer so I understand the importance of optical quality. Other than that I am just an average guy!

image

Continue reading

Posted in Optics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GunsNzens Birthday shoot!

This blog has now moved to – http://www.gunsandzen.com please follow the link.

What should one do on their 39th Birthday? Get drunk? Eat crap? Nothing? I decided to go shooting for the day with mild persuasion from the ever keen Raf. Sam, the other Gunsandzen regular also came along for the ride.

image

Raf taking a selfie before we get down to business.

Continue reading

Posted in At the Range | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment