It’s nearly the end of the December now and I’ve had a short break from airguns, whilst having a think about how the last year has gone. I’ve also been thinking about some of the things I want to achieve in 2018, particularly on this blog.
2017 was definitely a year of firsts for us. With regards to shooting we tried our first HFT club competition. Clearly this went OK because we’ve barely stopped shooting since! More recently we’ve also taken part in our first ‘proper’ competition when we entered round 1 of the Daystate Midland Hunter Series. This series is 3 rounds in, with 3 more to go. I’m currently sitting 4th in the recoiling class which is more than I was ever expecting. There’s a lot more learning to be done but it’s really motivating me to practice harder, and think a bit more about the art of competition shooting.
Apart from physically being out shooting, there is also this blog! I had the rough idea for it at the start of June, fleshed it out a bit on my summer holiday, then published the first post in July. The first few weeks were a bit tricky, but I think I’m getting into this writing thing now. Hopefully people have enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
So whats the plan for next year? Well, lots more hopefully.
We’ve got 3 more rounds of the Daystate Winter League. I’m going to have to put some real effort into these because my lead over 5th place is roughly sod all. So some solid performances will be needed on my part. I’m also looking to improve on my report of these rounds by adding adding additional information for the shooters to use. This should be in the form of ranges and angles of every target (plus photos of each one as a reminder). This way all the shooters can check how close their ranging was and work out which type of target they are loosing points on, and maybe see what the wind was doing at each lane.
I did a preview post for the new ‘HFT Kit Check’ series (click here for preview) using my own TX200. This will be going ahead, with #2 hopefully being in the first or second week of January. I think #2 will be a certain target oriented Daystate so it should be a good one.
Also in January will be my first budget airgun test. The idea behind this is to test some airguns that won’t break the bank to see which ones represent value for money, and which would be possible options for beginners or shooters on a tight budget. This will be in the style of my scope test, which means as much technical information and fact as possible. The guns will be stripped, measured, weighed and tested for accuracy. I’ve got no obligations to any manufacturers so expect these to be very honest. If it’s crap, I’ll tell you. Hopefully we can find some real gems and help a few people out. The first gun on test is the Hatsan Dominator 200W. It’s a big underlever, very much in the style of the Diana 48/52 series. The insides have already been inspected and it has been re-assembled. Just the accuracy test to go before it gets a full write up.
Another series I really need to start is the strip down and inspection of interesting airguns. Partly this is because I have some interesting guns that I really need to service. But while I’m at it, I want to share some of the engineering that has gone into them. In no particular order, this will include:
Anshutz Mod 220
Diana Mod 75
Diana Mod 50
Expect lots of pictures and as much detail as you could want, plus some accuracy test’s when they are done.
We also thought we would join in everyone’s favourite new years tradition, making some resolutions (plus some goals) for the year ahead. If I remember I’ll come back to these in 12 months time and see how many we managed. We picked 3 resolutions and 3 goals each.
New Years Shooting Resolutions
Cardio on the rowing machine 3 times a week
Write a blog post at least once a fortnight for the whole year
Shoot a round with a PCP
Stop blaming the gun for low scores (even if it’s justified)
Not have a McDonalds before every Sunday comp
Come top 3 in a UKAHFT round (recoiling class)
Come 1st in a club round (recoiling class)
Score over 90% in any round (recoiling class)
Consistantly score over 85% in HFT competitions
Score another maximum at bell target
Shoot 3 competitions with a springer (and beat Dan)
So that’s the plan. Don’t worry about the photo at the top of this post, I haven’t converted to shotguns just yet, but it’s another type of shooting I really enjoy. I don’t get to do it much (and don’t hit much when I do try), but who cares when you are having fun.