Getting Started in the Gentleman’s Sport of Shooting

The gentlemen in your wedding party just like the ladies deserve a fun night or even a weekend away to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. There are lots of fun things the men can do from paintball, bowling, vegas weekend, shooting and more. 

traditional activity of field shooting is becoming more popular every year.
More and more UK citizens are enjoying the sudden crack of thunder and the
scent of gunpowder as they fire their weapons at clay targets, fowl, small
game, or deer.
But before
you start purchasing those fancy
shooting clothing

(which you’ll eventually need if you get serious) – it’s good to get a firm
grasp of the sport first.
Learn from a
Shooting can
cost a bit of money, so you need to familiarize yourself further before going
all in. An experienced friend, with the required shooting and shotgun
certifications, can start you on the path by giving you a feel for the
equipment with a few private lessons (hopefully for free).
A beginner
can use a borrowed shotgun from a certified owner as long as the owner oversees
its use. A few backyard lessons, like shooting at mounted targets, should be
enough for you to know what it’s really like to handle a rifle or a shotgun. It
wouldn’t do to impulsively buy all the expensive equipment, only to find out
that the sport was not for you.
Join a Club
Joining a
shooting club is one of the best ways to experience the different aspects of
shooting. Clubs have regular schedules and members can participate in various
activities including trap shooting, skeet shooting, or sporting clays.
Clubs will
usually let members borrow equipment for a fee. This is an excellent
opportunity to learn the different types of firearms used in the various
shooting disciplines. You can choose to narrow your focus on a single
discipline, or experience different types of shooting for variety.
The social
aspect of a club membership allows you to mingle and share stories with
like-minded individuals. While shooting clubs have a reputation of being a
boy’s club – most of them will welcome female members. Women’s shooting clubs
are also on the rise, especially after Amber Hill’s dazzling performance at the
ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup series – winning gold
at the age of 15.
You’ll need
a firearm certificate before you can purchase a rifle or a shotgun.
forms are usually available at your nearest police station, or you can
download them online. You’ll need to disclose the type of gun (including
calibre) and the ammunition you will be using, as well as provide two character
Your general
fitness, including mental health, will need to be checked. Expect that the
police will ask permission to talk with your general physician. You’ll also
need to provide details on where you might be shooting and your shooting club
memberships. Finally, you’ll need a safe and secure storage option for both
your guns and ammunition – especially if you will be transporting them from your
home to shooting ranges or hunting grounds.
Shooting and
hunting are considered a gentleman’s sport. Proper decorum and etiquette are
expected at all times. Unlike in the US, shooting is held in high esteem in the
UK, where every shooter serves as an ambassador of the sport.

Photo Credit:  Bre Thomas Photography

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