For a long time, our clients have requested to go shooting with air pistols. Finally at the beginning of February the MUCH MORE Turku group visited the Shooting Arena.
Shooting with air pistols is pretty challenging sport even if it seems to be easy and light. Your back muscles and arms need to be physically in a very good condition. Many of the clients said after the activity that they didn’t understand how intense and hard sport it is. It really makes your muscles sore.
Eight people were registered to the activity and all of them came to the arena. Two of them were newcomers to the group. After the shooting sessions it seems that the newcomers will commit to these MUCH MORE activities.
Lessons learned from previous activities: remind the clients about the date, remind the clients again and after that remind the clients again. Now it worked very well. Group is very committed to the activities that we arrange and now they even start to plan next activity by themselves. This is something that we have been aiming for and now it seems to work.
At the shooting arena, we had a good coaching on how to shoot. Range was 10 meters and the air pistol target is 17x17 cm with concentric score zones, the innermost (worth ten points) having a diameter of 11.5 mm. In official air pistol shooting you should hold your gun with one hand but we, as doing this first time, kept gun with two hands. Still some of the bullets flew totally out of the target. Nevertheless, after some practice, there were four guys who got bullseye and scored 10.9 points!
Air pistol shooting is an excellent hobby for the target group. You have to concentrate and be calm and totally focus on one thing. Usually the target group can concentrate to one thing maximum 1 minute, but when you are in the middle of an interesting hobby, you are able to do your own performance fully concentrated. Activity lasted for two hours and there were about 200 shootings per person.
Air shooting can definitely be recommended to the target group!
By Totti Räsänen, Blue Ribbon Association of Southwest Finland