Saturday, February 4, 2017

DIY BB Reactive BB Gun Targets

Our local airgun club, was asked to host the shooting portion of the Baton Rouge Boy Scout Jubilee celebration!

Great news until we found out, we HAD to use BB guns for the Cub Scouts. I grew up shooting BB guns and they have taught me a lot about shooting. However, I'm not a big fan as the ricochet hazards are abundant.

So we tried to imagine 1,000 kids shooting BB guns and we HAD to come up with something safe. Our buddies at Pyramyd Air Gun Mall suggested these lead BB's with copper coating. I liked the idea, but that means we needed to purchase the ammo and we were on a budget. Not to mention, most of our steel targets wouldn't react much to the low power of the BB gun. So we came up with this idea.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Becoming a Champion... Not just in Airguns

On the 10 hour flight back from 2015 World Field Target Championship, I was doing my typical post match performance review analyzing where I can improve.

I ended up tied for 8th overall with a score of 137/150. The champion ended up with a score of 144. What was the difference between him and I? What could I have done better?

My breakdown is as follows:
Day 1 - 45/50 90% - missed 3/4 standing, 2 wind
Day 2 - 46/50 92% - missed 2/4 kneeling, 1 wind, 1 wrong target( offhand that I hit)
Day 3 - 46/50 92% - missed 2/4 standing, 1 range finding due to temp, 1 wind

So basically I missed 5 standing due to skill, 1 due to wrong target. Just those 6 would have put me at a 143. I also missed 2 kneelers, which would have put me at a 145; or 1st place.

Analysis complete. Need to perfect standing, tighten up a little more on kneeling. Wind is wind, I feel only missing 4 shots due to wind is pretty good.

The thought of perfecting my standing somewhat turns my stomach as I did what I consider is a lot of work before hand, and it still wasn't good enough. Match pressure got the best of me and I hurried through my shots as opposed to slowing down and waiting for the right moment.

I found out later that Sergey Zubenko who won first place practiced 10m shooting in the winter. I didn't get a chance to chat with him about it, but I assume he didn't miss any standers :-|

While reflecting, I also watched Ian Taylor who landed 3rd place during my last day. A 3 time World Champion and probably more British/Euro trophies than he can fit in his closet. He always had a nice steady pace, no "gimpy shooting jacket". Come to think of it, Jack Harris took 2nd with no shooting jacket. Nor did Andy Calpin, a legend of his own with 2 World Championships who took 6th. I watched Andy on a shoot off for 6th. He had a similar routine as Ian, nice slow pace waiting for the right shot. Then after winning the shootoff, he pulled the target back up to see where he hit it. Funny, I would have been happy just to win and moved on. LOL

So that's the difference, they never stop learning, they make every shot like a championship shot. Also, Ian and Andy have been shooting 25-30+ years each. If I think about how much practice these people have put in, it's tough to comprehend. Sergey practiced 10m. I know the Brit's all shoot the NEFTA Classic which includes 2 days of Field Target and Silhouette. They all practice A LOT of offhand. They have it down to an art.

So what does it take to become a Champion. LOTS of practice, and LOTS of preparation. At the end of the day, anyone in the top 10 of any sport is really good. What makes the top 3 the best? Practice and preparation. None of them are up there by accident. They put a lot of work into it. They all have some innate talent and good equipment, but some have prepared and/or practiced more than others.