Motivational Quote #2

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement”
–Mark Levy– 

This weekend we are going to the Misfits HFT Christmas shoot. The idea is mainly to have a bit of fun and wear a silly hat. But there will also be a competition course laid out to UKAHFT format. However there will be a change to the rules.

For this festive round, points will be awarded as so:

4 points for standing knock down
3 points for kneeling knock down
2 points for prone knock down
1 point for a plate

To get in the spirit of a more relaxed atmosphere, it looks like a few PCP regulars will be turning up with springers which is great. However I’m already in the recoiling class, so what could I do differently?

My first thought was to shoot with open sights. I’ve actually tried this a long time ago with a Walther Terrus I used to own. And it was a good laugh. So I went through the collection to see what we had and it wasn’t ideal. I’ve got plenty of full power open sights airguns, but they all seem to be in .22. All of my .177 guns are half power versions. Either due to being 10m specific, or coming from Germany where they have a lower power limit.
(I’ve made myself a note to get a full power open sight .177 to fill this gap. Suggestions on a postcard, or in the comments below).

Then I had a thought. Every Tuesday night we go to our local bell target club, and we shoot, standing, at a tiny hole (much smaller than UKAHFT targets). So could a 10m gun be worth a go…..
The close targets would be fine, and could be taken standing for maximum points, just like bell target. The further targets would be trickier but still possible. The real problem would be the wind. The lower powered pellets will be much more affected due to their lower speed. Maybe a low powered gun isn’t ideal after all…

However I still liked the idea of having a go standing. Yes it will be challenging, but it will also be very good practice for future competitions. And this is where my quote for this week becomes relevant.

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement”
–Mark Levy– 

You can read a bit about Mark Levy HERE.

The context for this is persisting with standing shots. Walk round any HFT course, on any Sunday, at any club and you will hear the same groans as people approach the free standing peg. Walking towards a target complaining and groaning means you will be in the wrong frame of mind when it comes to trying to knock it down. 
I’ve even seen people just vaguely aiming and pulling the trigger with no real effort, then complaining later on that free standers are too hard.

I want to reverse this and make the free stander something to look forward to. You might be wondering how? After all, everyone knows this is the hardest target on the course. Wrong!
Lets think about the positives. These targets generally have very generous kill zones. They are usually placed in plain view and don’t require strange body positions. They are also very unlikely to be used as range traps. This adds up to an easy target in anyone’s book.

The reason they are hard is because we don’t practise them enough. I challenge you go on Youtube and find some 10m target shooting to watch. These men and women prove that with the correct technique, you can achieve incredible accuracy from the standing position. Now go to a regular airgun club and I bet you could count the number of people practising standing shots on one hand. We inherently like to chase accuracy. Hence the rows of people bench resting their airguns and striving for the smallest groupings on paper targets.

So how does this mean we will look forward to the free standers? Easy. Make it an opportunity to get an easy extra point over your competitors. If you practice the position, you will get better, without question. Then at the next HFT competition when everyone else is grumbling about the stander, you can confidently step and and knock it down. An easy extra point and the advantage to you.

I’ve gone right round the houses here to get to my point but here it is. I think for the Christmas shoot I’m going to challenge myself by taking as many shots standing as I can. If it’s too windy, I may have to limit the distances for standing, and go kneeling or prone for the further shots. But on the whole I will be stood upright, and hopefully smiling.

To help myself out I’ve actually got three airguns lined up. Which one I use will depend on the severity of the weather. My choices are:

  1. FWB 300. A 7 ft-lb 10m target gun. Recoiless and stunningly accurate when conditions allow. To be used if the weather is very calm
  2. Air Arms TX200HC. Set to exactly 700 fps with 8.44’s (9.2 ft-lb). Slightly higher velocity will help if there is a breeze. But its quite light in it’s walnut stock, it can get blown about in higher winds. But very low recoil in this tune, and very easy to shoot.
  3. TX200. My regular HFT gun. A full length action, with Mk1 internals. Set to my preferred 10.5 ft-lb with JSB 8.44’s. The extra muzzle energy will help if the wind picks up, but this also has the most recoil of the three. 

So there we have it. A new quote for this weekend and a new challenge (if I don’t bottle it). Will persistence result in extraordinary achievement for me? I guess we will find out.

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My quote of the week would be “Disappointed but not surprised” if I tried to take all the shots standing.
The same quote I use on a daily basis for life in general lol.
Looking forward to Sunday though 🙂