The rebuild continues

The firing point set up for training

Back out to WTSC last night for more training with Matt. The foot position has been thrown away and redone from scratch, and the emphasis on the position has now switched to getting the rifle balance sorted, and bringing the CofG back towards me as much as possible. The supporting hand setup is still causing grief, however – we tried several different shapes for the hand but most were either too painful to hold or were unstable because they were too much of a stretch. We have two possibles at the end of last night; the same two we had the last time as well. I’ll have to spend the next few days dry-firing for a half-hour or so a night outside the gear, just to get used to the position and setup. (Pretty standard for target shooting to do this, really). Then back to WTSC on Sunday for more range time with Matt & Geoff.

The rifle’s starting to look distinctly odd to me now 😀

That white stuff on the pistol grip in the last image is plastic wood. There’s an ISSF rule that says that you can’t have an anatomically shaped pistol grip for air rifle; but that plastic wood is just in a straightforward curve, it’s not anatomically shaped (ie, it doesn’t have finger grooves and that sort of thing). Checked with the chairman of the ISSF rifle technical committee on this, no less 😀

Anyway, I’ll probably spray it black before the next match, just to avoid the 20 minutes spent arguing with a Range Officer right before a match. So even when the rebuild is done, it won’t be done, if you follow me. Also, if you look, you can see a small spirit level mounted forward of the breech on the rifle; that’s not legal for competition in air rifle (it is for smallbore free rifle) but there’ s no rule against using it for training, and with these raiser blocks, the rifle has become quite sensitive to cant, as you’d imagine, so it’s important to train accurately, and it helps for that.


Was in Amsterdam over the weekend for a brief holiday, and while pottering round the museum district noticed a collection of antique (as in, 17th century) muskets which were used exclusivly for target shooting.

Most interesting to see up close, ours seem utterly tiny by comparison and obviously far more advanced; but the level of artistry in the construction of the firearms was really quite something. Inlays and carvings on the stocks, and all of the firearm components hand-made.

Wouldn’t want to have to shoot the things (they must have weighed at least 15 kilos and probably kicked like a sledgehammer blow to the shoulder, especially as their buttplates were basicly just wood with a metal plate on to stop cracking – no recoil-absorbing pads here!), but they were quite interesting to look at and I can see how people would collect these things.

We know that target shooting was taking place in Europe from very early on (the earliest record I’ve seen is from a competition in Germany where arquebuses – an early form of musket – were used in the 1640s, and the earliest from Ireland was around 1840 or so), but actually seeing these on display in the Rijksmuseum longside grand master works like The Night Watch was nice 🙂 Try that here and you’d possibly get people complaining to the newspapers about inappropriate museum displays 🙁

Anyway, back to Wilkinstown tonight for more training. I’ve forgotten the blasted digital camera though 🙁