Mini Rifle was born around the time of the
pistol ban in 1997
The guns are mainly custom built Ruger .22
Rifles fitted with red dot sights and lasers although any standard .22 Rifle is acceptable
The cost of a .22 Rifle can range anywhere
from £200 to £2,000 depending on how much customizing you have done.
However five to six hundred pounds should get you up and running competitively.
Mini Rifle, like all
practical shooting disciplines has a mandatory safety course, practical
shooting maintains the highest level of safety of any existing shooting
Only on passing this
course will a shooter be welcomed into the world of competition. Safe
gun handling and full concentration are never understated. If you are
'Gung Ho', think you're the next best thing to Rambo or like to wear
camouflage 'under-garments', then this is NOT the sport for you.
THE MINI RIFLE TARGET
The target size is almost the size of an A4 sheet of paper
It is shot at from 50mts down to 10mts depending on the
course of fire.
It would be all to easy to shoot straight A's, so in
practical shooting you are also against the clock.
The score is divided by time taken. If you miss, it has a
penalty of minus 10 points.
Normally, the highest two shots in each target count.
Mini Rifles have become in
themselves quite spectacular.
Most people take great
pride in the presentation of their guns and customize them, (sometimes
in the most peculiar way). You'll see all sorts, from highly
polished stainless steel, through bright pink paint, even glitzy
glitter, to innovative ideas like adding bars of soap to the stock to
ease the gun onto the shoulder! You know who you are!!
Most competitive shooters will add red dot
sites to their gun to gain quicker site acquisition. Be assured, no matter
what you have heard, they DO NOT guarantee that you hit the target.
Shooters that haven't used them take great delight in telling everyone just how
idiot proof they are. If you experience this, hand them your gun!
Mini Rifle technology is still in it's
infancy. It has to be appreciated that for many months, probably years,
shooters will continue to add, take-away, modify and adjust their guns in order
to gain the edge in proficiency. New inexperienced shooters should not be put
off by lack of technical knowledge as all ideas are swapped, discussed and
developed between us all.
The beauty of Mini Rifle is that of it's
uniqueness in equality. Neither sex, age nor physique has any bearing on
winning or losing. It's a game of gun-handling skill and mental
agility. In truth, mental agility should be at the forefront.