Book/resource for beginning rifle shooters - dad+son?


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allank
December 28, 2006, 05:20 PM
As two beginning shooters (dad - .22, son - .177 BB/pellet) with no family background in shooting, can you please recommend a good book or online training resource etc for learning rifle shooting techniques - stance, aiming etc. As non-citizens we cannot join our local club (citizens only) and are using public ranges and private land. Iíve taken Hunter Ed (for safety and possible future hunting), and have trained my son on safety (4 rules etc) using many of the great online resources. However I could not find similar information for actual shooting technique. Thanks!

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Il Duca
December 28, 2006, 05:37 PM
Use the search function on this web-site. And try Thefiringline.com too. Between the two, you will be able to find just about any info you could want. From technique to stance to rifle selection.

TX_Shooter
December 28, 2006, 05:38 PM
If you like to see some free videos. Check out the 'free stuff' on the henryrifle website. Here I'll help ya out http://www.henryrepeating.com/freestuff.cfm

Check out the 3-videos on that site. Neat little video on "Starting kids right".
Good stuff. Enjoy and happy shooting!

FNHiPower
December 28, 2006, 06:16 PM
I would suggest you get a copy of the classic by Col. Cooper -- Art of the Rifle. The Col. starts at the beginning and talks weapon safety, handling, sighting, triggers, positions. Excellent book.

MatthewVanitas
December 28, 2006, 06:45 PM
Another vote for Jeff Cooper's "Art of the Rifle"

To keep this from being just another "+1" post, I'll include the Amazon link for previews and reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Rifle-Jeff-Cooper/dp/0873649311/sr=8-1/qid=1167345729/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-5462745-4546265?ie=UTF8&s=books


Good on you for learning with your kid. Should be a great father-son experience.


-MV

rangerruck
December 28, 2006, 08:34 PM
anything old by Dan Fadala, quite good research and learning material.

allank
December 28, 2006, 08:51 PM
Thanks for the Art of the Rifle recommendation - that is exactly the sort of recommendation I was looking for. With so many shooting books I couldn't find the one good book I needed.

I see there are two versions - a second newer version with the same text but photographs. My thought is that it is likely to be a better teaching aid especially for my 11 year old son, as a picture is worth a thousand words.

Art of the Rifle: Special Color Edtion (Hardcover):
ISBN-10: 158160307X
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Rifle-Special-Color-Edtion/dp/158160307X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_k2a_3_txt/102-5484021-7081767

I'll check out Dan Fadala too.

Thanks all.

Froggy
December 28, 2006, 08:56 PM
Check you local library first. The "young adult" section would be the best place to start as the books you might find there are the ones most likely to tackle the basic fundamentals.

Depending on how basic a level you want to start with, you might also check with your local Boy Scout organization. The pamphlet used for the "Rifle Shooting" merit badge is what you want to browse through.

An on-line resource is here:

http://www.hunter-ed.com/sc/course/table_of_contents.htm

Reading can only take you so far. You might want to see if you can find an NRA instructor nearby. Check this site to see what is available near you:

http://www.nrahq.org/education/training/basictraining.asp

On that note, where are you Allan? Perhaps a forum member located near you will invite you out for a day (or more) of shooting.

dm1333
December 28, 2006, 09:09 PM
The Civilian Marksmanship Program. Look for their pdf for the Rimfire Sporter competition. Lots of good stuff in there.

Froggy
December 28, 2006, 09:31 PM
Nice pub, dm1333; thanks for the tip.

Here is a link (http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/rimfire.pdf) to the PDF.

rangerruck
December 28, 2006, 10:32 PM
actually, any of the fadala boys are good reading. The Complete Shooter; by Sam Fadala, starts with the start of rifles, to include the 22 cb short, and just gets better. It is proly my most favorite book on rifles and shooting, I have ever read. it is an older book, I bought my copy at a 1/2 price books, it is proly 20 yrs old or so.

1911 guy
December 29, 2006, 09:10 AM
I'd heartily recommend Col. Coopers "The Art of the Rifle". Finding personal instruction should be a priority, too. There are little tidbits that can't be properly learned through reading and even more that can be learned by finding someone who will help you refine your position. I know a lot of folks who are good shots. Given some basic instruction, they could have been excellent marksmen.

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