THE FIRST TIME WITH A RIFLE
- First time with a rifle
The first time anyone lies down to shoot with a smallbore target rifle should be both a fun and safe experience. There is plenty of theory that can be given to a person before they start shooting, theory about ammunition grades, rifle types, techniques for breathing and trigger release amongst others. At this early stage most people are eager to find out if shooting is a sport that they will enjoy or not and the best way to do that is to get down behind a rifle and shoot at a target or two.
This section provides an introduction to the target rifle, the type of kit that is likely to be used during the first sessions, safety and a short guide on how to take the first shots with a rifle as well as what to expect from the whole experience – keeping in mind it is about having fun as well as being safe and accurate.
In addition to the mandatory safety briefing and orientation of the rifle some basic theory should be provided to a new shooter before any shots are fired. The theory cover the basics of loading, aiming, use of the trigger and what to expect when the shot is fired. The theory is important to enable the shooter to get the most out of their first shots but a balance should be found between proving useful information and allowing the shooter to get hands on practical experience.