Clubs are for everybody
Hi, I just wanted to say what air rifle shooting has done for me. My husband has been involved with air rifles for over 30 years, long before I met him. He has tried to get me to try his air rifle for nearly 18 months, but I was always hesitant because I have no experience with rifles, and I am disabled and registered partially blind. I finally took the plunge last December and I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it; he says I am a natural. He then took me to the club where he shoots. I admit that I was apprehensive and didn’t believe they would let me shoot due to my eyesight problems, plus not been involved with shooting before, I didn’t know what to expect from the other members. I had this mental picture of them being in camo and mud and fouled mouthed and all men, because that is how shooters are usually shown on TV and in the press, but I couldn’t have been more wrong and everyone at the club made me more welcome than I could have ever expected. The members are very friendly, helpful, clean and polite and a good mix of men and women. The biggest surprise was how social everyone was - they made me feel at home from my first session - but best of all, they don’t treat me like someone with a disability. To them, I am just another shooter. Going to the club on a regular basis has really help my self esteem and self worth, plus it has introduced me to a great sport and a great bunch of people. I have now got my own rifle, a BSA R10 MK2, which my husband recommended, and a MTC Viper 10x44 scope because it has very good, large turrets - in fact, it is the same outfit as the one he uses. I have even found ways to overcome my eyesight problems; for example, when loading the magazine because this was very tricky for me to do, but I now do it by feeling the pellet so that I know which way to put it in the magazine, and a bipod to help with balance. I would recommend that anyone who thinks they cannot shoot through ill health or disability should get in touch with a local club and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed and you will make new friends. Michelle Whalley
Hello Michelle, I’m so happy to hear your story. It’s one I’ve heard many times from all around the country. Clubs are a vital part of the airgun scene, providing safe places to shoot, allied to friendship and a welcome to newcomers. I hope you have a long airgunning career and get as much from the sport as I do. Ed.
Clubs are great places for everybody, including disabled people