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15th July 2010, 12:42 PM #1
Took my 13 year old target shooting the other day. The local club has open days every couple of months where (under supervision) you can try out shooting rifles & pistols.
It was great fun - we started on the .22's and worked up to .44 rifles
It wasn't half as expensive as I thought it might be and was an interesting reminder to the lad (who spends every minute he can shooting things in computer games) that guns in reality are very dangerous and need to be treated with respect.
15th July 2010, 12:56 PM #2
Ah, you've just reminded me to buy the new release of GTA tonight..... GTA V: Northumberland
15th July 2010, 01:53 PM #3
After seeing the thread title, I just have to put...
"...and the dirt is gone!"
I'll get my coat...
15th July 2010, 02:10 PM #4
No need. I thought it was funny. You can't beat a bit of Barry Scott.
Originally Posted by Rawns
15th July 2010, 02:29 PM #5
There is a club down the road from me, need 2 references and a CRB which you should clear easily as a school worker. Was cheap too, though you pay for ammo and targets. I was meaning to try it but lost the application form and had to jump through hoops trying to get another as they won't post it, go down when the club is open with no signs when it is, etc etc.
Nearly .... myself when I first went to have a look though as someone dropped an unloaded rifle at reception that clattered to the floor with the barrel pointing at me!
15th July 2010, 02:43 PM #6
Nothing like shooting my .44 revolver, black powder jobbie, more powerful than a magnum and a damn site louder. (and also a handy smoke screen to hide behind.)
15th July 2010, 03:06 PM #7
Pah! I'll see you .44" and raise you with a .50" Browing. Oh, I also have a 66mm ready to ease into the conversation if required. Sadly they would not let little old me near a "Charlie Gee" (which is 84mm). Does repairing T.O.W systems count? They are 152mm.
Sadly the nice armourer made me give al his toys back when I left "That" club.
15th July 2010, 05:04 PM #8
I miss my Browning 9mm ... Tempted to drop @spuffmonkey a line and get details of the local club.
15th July 2010, 05:14 PM #9
I organised a clay shooot as a stag do. The best shooter was the bride-to-be's 15 yo brother. Suprised the adults amongst the group.
16th July 2010, 12:58 PM #10
Northampton Target Sports Club - next Open Day is 9th September - I think
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
16th July 2010, 01:09 PM #11
Unfortunately the only pistols you are allowed are black powder muzzle loaders. Though it mitigation the Ruger spits out balls at the same power as a .357 magnum / .45 special.
Last edited by ICT_GUY; 16th July 2010 at 01:15 PM.
16th July 2010, 02:08 PM #12
OK, see you and raise with:
Originally Posted by Polski
Pistols: 9mm Browning, 7.65mm Walther PP
Rifles, etc: 7.62mm SLR, 5.56mm L85A1, 5.56mm L86A1 (LSW), 5.56mm L98A1 (single shot bolt action version for Air Cadets), 7.62mm GPMG in sustained fire role (on a tripod), Remington self loading shotgun, .50 Barrett sniper rifle (although I didn't get to fire this one)
Others that I didn't personally fire / release: 27mm Mauser cannon (including target practice and HE rounds), AIM-9L Sidewinder (live), Skyflash (live), ASRAAM, AMRAAM, ALARM, 3KG Practice bombs, 500LB, 1000LB, 1000lb with Paveway, cluster bombs
Think that's it...
16th July 2010, 02:57 PM #13
WTF guys...i didn't know there were gun ranges in the UK!! I thought pistols were illegal. Any one know of one in/near manchester??? Back in Nam i fired an ak-47, m16, and a colt .45 - the colt was the loudest sound i have ever heard...my ears felt like they were bleeding. Dunno if that was cos they were all leftover from the war - i didn't look in great condition.
16th July 2010, 03:07 PM #14
Yeah, used to range shoot both pistols and rifles until the gun laws got such a pita that I gave up.
Moved over to archery now, still the same idea of putting holes in targets but I actually find it more challenging and there is no messing around with licenses :-)
16th July 2010, 03:12 PM #15
The best gun I've fired is a Kalashnikov. Immense.
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