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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Shooting Blind



Given my wonky eyesight, you wouldn't expect me to be any good at shooting things. I mean, I'm a girl who walks into doorframes... precision is not my strong point.

Nevertheless, at the hotel last week there were daily sessions of coaching on the shooting ranges: air rifles, air pistols, and archery. With all these things available for free, it would have been silly not to have a go.

My husband had done a little archery and shooting before, and as we walked to our first session (pistols) he passed on a few tips. Shoot at the end of the out-breath, he suggested, as that's when your body is most still. And aim for consistency above accuracy, because if you can be consistent, you can learn to change by whatever degrees you need to in order to hit the target.

Well, that sounded achievable. I've done enough martial arts over the years to have a pretty good idea of where my body is, and how my muscles are flexing, at any given time. Consistency was something I could aim for.

The shooting distance was a few metres, and the target only about eight inches across. At that distance, to me, it's just a blurry circle of darkness; I can't pick out the individual rings. However, I aimed for the middle of the blurry shape and shot. I couldn't see where I'd hit, either, until the end of the round. We got ten shots, and almost all of them at least hit the target. In fact, they were almost all clustered within about a two-inch radius, so the consistency aspect was working out.

Then we got ten shots more, and now I just had to figure out how to centre my cluster around the bullseye, rather than at the top of the target.

I won't say I did brilliantly, but I did win the ladies' prizes for both the pistols and the air rifles that day! (The archery, I only won later in the week when I was the only woman...... my arms evidently aren't strong enough to be consistent with a bow.) Considering that I could barely see what I was aiming at, I was astonished.



15 comments:

Red-haired hiker said...

Oh, well done! I've done both rifle shooting and archery, and concluded that my arm strength is not sufficient for accuracy. Rifle shooting with a sandbag I was pretty good, because the weight was supported. You've encouraged me to give pistols a go if I ever get the chance!

liliannattel said...

Way to go! I went rifle shooting once and was pleased (and surprised) at how well I did. Now I want to know what hotel this is! I also did an interesting course in archery that combined practice with the history of archery. I found it terrific at the closer distance, but when we were moved back, I couldn't get any consistency. My arms need building up for sure. Sometime I might try it again, when I've got more time for it.

Chef E said...

I love archery and guns...my dad was an avid sportsman so I had to opportunity...now my eyesight is a bit dodgy...how fun, again I am jealous!

Toni said...

You are one lethal lady Rach! haha. So envious - that's one of the things on my bucket list. Well done you =)

Oh and just to let you know...I've just announced on my blog where my next adventure will be. The title should say it all =)

Ginny said...

Way to GO!!!!! Perhaps being a sharp shooter is in your future!

Velva said...

Very impressive. I can't say that I have the guts to shoot a gun.

Velva

rosaria said...

Look at you! Way to go.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Looks like you did jolly well! I too have astigmatism, which I'm told gets worse, but my glasses compensate for it - when I'm wearing them! I don't know that it would make me aim something else sideways, but yes, it does make you aim yourself a bit wonkily!!!=)

Rachel said...

Well done indeed! It's something I'd like to try and haven't yet had a chance to..

Kathryn Magendie said...

You GO! - *smiling* --

I run into things, too - I'm a clumsy girl, but the more running and yoga and weights I do, the more sure I am - until I trip over the dog and fall slapt *laugh*

I did archery in high school and it was fun - I'd love to try it again.

Kazzy said...

I would seriously love to go shooting sometime. We do not own a gun and do not plan on it, but shooting sounds really cool.

Priya Parmar said...

wow! so impressive!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

Outstanding and inspiring!

Charlotte said...

Good for you for winning the ladies' prizes! As terrified as I am of guns, I have always wanted to try this (maybe because I'm notorious for my bad aim as well).

Michaela (aka Mama Michie) said...

I have never shot a gun, though I would love to go target shooting at some point. Your aim is very impressive considering you were seeing a blurry target!!

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