Target practice has been around before guns were invented. It’s thought to originate way back to 2800 BC. From there firearms were changed to be used for hunting and target shooting – much like it is used today. Target practice is classified by disciplines, such as stationary targets, moving targets and tactical shooting. Each is a skill in itself and target shooting is growing as a sport.
Target practice and other disciplines
Target practice has been a part of the Olympics for a long time and all people who take part use an air gun to shoot at their target. In the last Olympic Games, there were 15 events dedicated to shooting for men and women. They used a varying range of guns, from pistols to rifles, each one being an air gun. The sport is increasing in popularity as when properly taught it teaches youngsters the safety of guns and also it’s a fun and different recreational sport.
Want to get involved?
With it being a niche sport, anyone who gets involved has the opportunity to shoot professionally and take part in competitions. The National Rifle Association (NRA), based in Bisley, offer many courses and competitions for people to get involved in. Courses include those for probationary membership to become a member of the NRA and club instructor courses, meaning those who love the sport and are good at it can teach shooting and help others train at club level.
The NRA offers plenty of opportunity to get involved in shooting as a sport and if you really become interested you can own your own air gun. Sports Guns provide all the latest guns, from Sig Saur Air Pistols to rifles, they’ve got it covered.
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