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Old 08-01-2017, 04:51 PM
Rootsy Rootsy is offline
 
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Show up early, introduce yourself to the match director and let him / her know this is your first match. There will very likely be an experienced shooter who will squad with you and help you through the match or the MD will.

For my HP walk and paste league I will put new shooters at center line so they are right in front of me and I will help them along as I call the line. I generally have extra equipment to loan out as needed.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:17 AM
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Left handed shooters need the sled because they can't single load an M1 with out them. (nothing to hold the op rod back and push the follower down while the right arm is slung up. Just mechanics of the motion...
I'm a lefty and have been shooting an M1 competitively going on 10 years now, sledless the whole time. Just my opinion, but I see them as a solution in search of a problem.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:38 AM
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Great advice already. Note how many times relax and have fun have been mentioned.

You might want to check YouTube for some videos that show the course of fire, so you are familiar with it.

Relax and have fun.
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Old 08-02-2017, 07:29 AM
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You might want to check YouTube for some videos that show the course of fire, so you are familiar with it.

Relax and have fun.

Had not thought of that. That you gentlemen I really appreciate it. I really am just looking to have fun first of all, and eventually be a competitive shooter.



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Old 08-02-2017, 07:52 PM
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Practice slinging up and mark it for sitting and prone lengths (if they are different). Have fun!
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:59 PM
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Jim Owens books (I started before Al Gore invented youtube ) helped me a lot,
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:04 AM
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Curious on why okay for left-handed but not recommended (SLED). I am left-handed so good to know.
Its a royal pain in the arse trying to load single loads and manipulate the op rod lefty. I can do it just rather plunk a round in and give the op rod a little tug.
The 2 round load on a empty chamber is not hard
here im doing it left handed while holding a camera and the butt in my hip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1qhQuw1nto

I like the SLED even when I shoot righty. They are not hard to make either.
http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=20720
I even made a LH sled. photobucket pulled my pics....
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:12 AM
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Practice slinging up and mark it for sitting and prone lengths (if they are different). Have fun!
Plus on on sling practice!

Using the loop sling is the definitely a challenge for anyone who hasn't tried it before, and maybe one of the most "alien" things to new shooters to our matches.

Here is an article from our club website that shows how to use the web and leather slings. Hope it's helpful!

http://downeastgarand.org/index.php/...ce-rifle-sling

There are also plenty of YouTube videos out there that will walk you through using the sling.
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:05 AM
Kerz Kerz is offline
 
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You will be welcomed like a brother. There is nothing better than a new shooter at a match! The sport needs to keep growing and people like you keep it going.
Yelp, agree.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:05 AM
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Well I shot my first match this morning. I learned a lot, mainly how much I need to learn it was really fun, met some great guys, very welcoming.

Shot a 230

90-1
82
58 (two misses)


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