Vics Story

vic  Hi I am Vic McMurdo and I am a shoot-aholic. Shooting has slowly been taking over my life since the beginning of 2013.  This is my story of how I started shooting…

My shooting adventure started in February 2013. It was just one of those random things. We were procrastinating playing squash by drinking pink fizzy wine and playing guitar in the sun one beautiful summer weekend (can you blame us?) when our best  friend Ewan announced that he would like to try target shooting and we should all have a go. We all agreed that it would be worth trying as long as it didn’t cost too much and that Ewan would organise it and there would be beer afterwards**.

Everything happened very quickly after that.

The next weekend I was feeling very apprehensive (read: about to vomit from fear) when we turned up at the shooting village at the Seddon Range. All I knew about firearms of any sort was what I had seen in the movies and like many people who have never been exposed to firearms, I thought they were dangerous and evil and I was wondering why I had ever agreed to having a go. I was expecting to end up with a broken shoulder or shooting  someone accidentally or breaking down into tears or just being completely useless and making a complete dick of myself! All sorts of wild and irrational thoughts were running through my head and I was constantly pestering Jared and Ewan with questions such as “are you sure it won’t hurt?” , ” is it dangerous?”, “what if it explodes on me?”, “will these people like me?” , “what if I can’t hit the target?”, “Will these people be crazy gun-nuts?”. Jared and Ewan tried to convince me that it was all cool but it didn’t help much.

After some initial confusion, we located a friendly club in the village that was willing to look after us and let us have a go. Petone Rifle Club opened their arms to us and welcomed us from day one. Most of the members were away at some competition on this particular day but the people who remained looked after us and we had a great time.

The fleet of rifles lined up on the table was very intimidating to me. They didn’t look like my movie-defined idea of a gun and they looked very angular and sleek and not a traditional rifle shape at all! We were taken down to the range (I was surprised that we could drive down there) and it all began…

I can’t remember much after this but some things I remember from my first shoot…

  • being terrified that it would be all loud and violent and then after my first shot asking “was that it?”
  • being shocked at how ENORMOUS the round was… it looked like it should be fired from a rocket launcher or something…
  • Shaking like a leaf…
  • How kind and patient that Adrian was with me even though I was shaking so badly and was terrified…
  • Jared and Ewan got into technical stuff with Adrian straight away and I had NO idea what they were talking about…
  • The first shot wasn’t so bad but I found myself dreading subsequent shots because, quite frankly, it was like being punched in the shoulder…
  • The targets went up and down when I shot – it took me a few weeks to realise there were people down there!
  • I got a 45.something  out of 50!  😀
  • Shaking like a leaf (it took a couple of months  to get rid of this hahaha!)
  • Beer afterwards and learning how to clean a rifle

From our first shoot, we decided to have another go (just to make sure that we liked it right?) and from then on, we shot every second week. I had my first taste of being in a sling on aperture sights on the last shoot of the season. Jared and Ewan had graduated a long time before me – Ewan actually shot in a competition the week after his first shoot and Jared was shooting amazing scores on FTR so he jumped straight into a sling.

We were looked after and nurtured throughout the rest of the season.

Fullbore season finished and with one single go in a sling, I went straight to smallbore for the winter…. but that is another story…

** For the record, there is ALWAYS beer after fullbore shooting 😀

 

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