Types of rifles and equipment for Shooting Disciplines
This is a list of equipment that a shooter takes to the firing point. The club has similar club equipment available for visitor use. The equipment is not intended for use on a continuing long term casual basis and is not hired out as a profit making venture.
- Ear Protection: Many people use two levels of protection while actually shooting – ear plugs as well as ear muffs. This allows them to drop back to one level when they are back away from the mound.
- Hat: A hat is also essential. A cap allows earmuffs to be worn over the top
- Shooting Mat: This provides extra padding on the concrete, and stops ants in the grass feasting on your exposed body parts.
- Ammunition: .308″ Winchester ammunition comes in boxes of twenty, a firearms licence however is necessary to purchase and possess ammunition. Typically club members reload their own ammunition, given the increased accuracy, as well as cost savings, this allows for.
- Spotting Telescope: Placed beside the typically Full Bore Target rifle shooter, given the shoot over iron sights. This allows the target score and wind effects, such as mirage to be seen. The telescope needs a stable base to prevent vibration. Look through a number of scopes on the range before you buy one. High magnification only magnifies the mirage and wobble, so you do not get a clear picture and small cheap scopes do not let enough light in. After putting the rifle down and picking up binoculars a few times, to check each shot, you will appreciate the spotting scope on stand.
- Glove: Worn on the left hand (for right handed shooters) of Full Bore Target rifle shooter. The left hand is supporting the full rifle weight in Full bore and tends to go to sleep. The glove also tends to stop you gripping the rifle which will throw the rifle off aim, during recoil.
- Pen: You record the next shooter’s scorecard so something that writes on wet paper and does not wash away is great.
- Coat: A prone shooting coat is cut to support the Full Bore Target rifle shooter when lying down. Padding on the elbows makes you more comfortable and shoulder padding absorbs much of the recoil.
- Score book: Beginners are encouraged to plot each shot into a score book. This gives you something to look back on through the weeks, and learn from prior mistakes. It is interesting ten years later to look back at this record, and assess your initial ability against the ability of beginners that you are now helping. Experienced shooters realize that writing distracts concentration from other more important matters and instead of a scorebook, many use a more sophisticated personal record book to track performance.
- Sights: The rules for Full bore specify iron sights. Of these, “Open” sights have a blade front sight and open back sight. “Peep” sights have a round hole in the back sight that you look through and a tunnel front sight. Inside this tunnel is a circular “ring” that you place over the black circular dot of the target. The size of front and back holes can be adjusted. The back sight is adjustable for elevation (vertical) at different ranges, and wind (horizontal). A telescopic sight on the rifle puts you in “free” F class, as most of our members use.
- Rifle support: The rifle can be supported by bipod, stand or sling. Supporting the rifle by stand or bipod puts you in “Free” F class. The rifle is then also supported by a sandbag under the stock. If this sandbag is too low further adjustment with blocks of wood, or similar, is necessary.
- Sling: Full bore rules specify that the rifle may be supported by a sling (strap), attached to the rifle at one or two points. The bent left arm, for right handed shooters, with the sling from shoulder to hand, forms a load bearing triangle that supports the full weight of the rifle.
- Rifle: The actual rifle actions that are accepted onto the range and into competition is set by the NSWRA rules. This ensures safety and a uniform standard of competition. The rifle must be a single shot bolt action.