Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published October 13th 2012
On target for fun
I've set myself a challenge of new experiences, and top of the list is shooting. After a brief investigation, I settled on the 'try shooting' programme at the SISC. This is the state of the art shooting range purpose built for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The centre is large and airy, and has indoor and outdoor ranges. The 'try shooting' programme is offered most weekends, and offers rifle or pistol shooting. You need to book early, and the programme's popularity was emphasised when we only got in due to a cancellation in the pistol course.
You are first taken through a safety presentation - how to handle the gun safely, what not to do, what to do in event of fire an so on. Then you get led to the range. We did the 25 m target with a luger .22. You have an instructor with you at all times, talking you through and supervising the handling of the gun.
The try shooting programme is $70 and gives you 50 rounds of ammunition (plus 5 practice shots), range hire, firearm hire, safety briefing, hearing protection and safety glasses hire and the one on one supervision.
I'll admit I was quite nervous around the guns, but I loved it, and I'm pleased to say I did improve, even hitting a 'Bull" bullseye (in a competition, you get 11 points for being dead centre of the bullseye). It's really fun, and a skill that takes patience and concentration. We've planned to return and give rifles a try - and as you can 'try shooting' as often as you like, I think I might see if I can improve on my pistol score too.