Getting into shooting can leave you not knowing where to start, this blog post explains how...
Don’t be afraid! This can often be the hardest step, not knowing who to approach or where to go. There are plenty of misconceptions in shooting, but don’t let this pose as an obstacle! They are often just ‘myths’ or bias views.
Let’s be honest, everyone has to start somewhere! We should never fear failure or embarrassment. I started my first round of Olympic Trap with an 8/25 and can now conquer 25/25 regularly. Similarly, when I first started shooting, I was terrified of people watching me shoot, I wouldn’t even let my dad watch me compete as I was too scared of missing targets and letting him down! One thing I have learnt – it can be very powerful turning those nerves into drive and determination!
One of the first things people thinks about is kit! Although there are so many gorgeous pieces in the market at the minute, there are cheaper options available! You don’t need the most expensive kit to start off with and often, as a beginner, you can often borrow some kit from your coach or instructor. For instance, I can provide ear and eye protection, as well as gun hire and suitable cartridges. It’s always best to start off with a trained coach or instructor, as it’s important to remember that shotguns can be dangerous if not used safely!
It’s always important to cover basic safety and etiquette first, so having a lesson or two can be extremely beneficial! This can be done privately with coaches such as myself, who can offer tailor made packages to suit each individual’s needs, or on a programme such as the British Shooting Talent Pathway. The Pathway offers 10 sessions over the space of the year and is a fabulous stepping stone into the world of Olympic disciplines.
A place I recommend for support and socialising is the Ladies Shooting Club (formerly the Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club). An extremely supportive and motivating group who hold days all over the UK, for a range of all abilities! The club offer fun days out with mini-competitions, offering prizes for novices through to advanced shooters!
Finally, enjoy it! Don’t compare yourself to others, focus on your own journey and I can honestly say you will enjoy it so much more! Being able to find a sport that you enjoy can be one of the most rewarding things in life. Don’t beat yourself up when you miss a target – at the end of the day, even the best athletes in the world can have a bad day!
If you have enjoyed reading this blog and have any suggestions for the next post, or if you would like to share your shooting experiences, please let me know! I would love to hear from you! Subsequently, if you have any questions or require any information on any shooting related topics, don’t hesitate to get in touch!