beats wrote:Is there any way to differentiate from these codes what weight a rifle is likely to be?
I have been trying a number rifles of different club members (i don't yet have my own) to see what suits me best. The one that I am most comfortable with the owner has described as an Aschutz ladies' rifle. (I am going to try and get the code for it on Thursday night)
This is the rifle that I have been most comfortable, and put together the tightest groups with.
I have done alot of shooting using an SA80 A2 service rifle, but alot of the rifles I have tried feel very heavy when shooting unsupported in the prone position.
Is this just something I will have to get used to?
Yes, it is possible to estimate the weight of an Anschutz Match 54 from the model number. The heaviest is the Supermatch Free Rifle (models 1413, 1813, or 1913 depending on age); these have a heavy barrel, and a large thumbhole 3-P stock. Weight is about 14lb in prone trim. Nect would be the Prone model (1411, 1811, or 1911 depending on age); these have the same heavy barrel as the Supermatch, but a more basic prone-only stock. Weight is about 12-13lb. The 1912 Sport rifle (a fairly recent model) has a lighter barrel with a ladies' size Supermatch stock. Weight is about 12-13lb. The lightest Match 54 is the UIT Standard (models 1407, 1809, or 1907) this has the same lighter barrel a s the 1912, but with a much simpler 3-P stock; weight is 10-11lb.
Yes target rifles are heavy. Unlike service rifles, they don't have to be lugged around combat zones, only on rifle ranges. The extra weight gives stability, and is due to larger stocks (more comfortable, repeatbale hold) and a bigger barrel (more consistent vibration).
This may sound like a silly question, but you are using a shooting sling and a shooting jacket aren't you? A 10-14lb rifle without either will seem very heavy. When the sling has been adjusted properly the rifle should feel almost weightless, as the sling supports the weight. Most adult men chose the heavier Supermatch or Prone rifles for stability.
beats wrote:The matches we shoot are indoor at a distance of 25yds, shooting off carpeted wooden ramps with nice soft cushions to rest your elbows on. The club is part of a closed league in N.Ireland.
I've only joined the club but i know alot of the other members are also members of other clubs that i imagine would then be shooting under the NSRA rules. Unfortunately I'm going to have to get myself known in the circle im in at the minute, before trying to get myself proposed into another NSRA club. (No choice with the security situation over here but to go with the flow.)
The club have mentioned that if i keep my eye out for a rifle that i like they will look into signing it off for me. But as I have no experience outside of service rifles, i'm trying to look into what would be the best all round rifle for me.
A club member let me shoot with his Anschutz 1807 last night and the rifle really seemed to suit me. Reading the above posts though, this would seem to be a fairly light barrel. Would a barrel of this weight/size be too light for putting in good groups when i hopefully move onto longer distances?
With many other sports there is a big drive to bring new people in, through explanitary articles in magazines etc etc. This shooting lark though is very daunting and confusing.
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