Carrying my rifle

Carrying my rifle

Postby L-S-R » 2010.02.25. 01:58

Do all rifles have to be covered in a case/slip whilst shooting the course in the World Championships? If I do not have a case/slip can I use a sling instead? What if I do not have either a case or a sling, can I carry the gun in my hand around the course(safely muzzle down)?
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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby doki » 2010.02.25. 03:27

Dear Conor,
Methods for carrying the rifle:
1. in a case/slip
2. on a sling (bore up or down) with open loading port
3. in your hand (bore up or down) with open loading port
In the latter two cases you do not have to wear or carry the rifle continuously, you may have a bipod mounted on your rifle, and you can use the bipod exclusively for standing the rifle near the firing line facing towards the targets.
L-S-R wrote:Do all rifles have to be covered in a case/slip whilst shooting the course in the World Championships? If I do not have a case/slip can I use a sling instead? What if I do not have either a case or a sling, can I carry the gun in my hand around the course(safely muzzle down)?
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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby L-S-R » 2010.02.27. 21:18

Thanks for that, is it acceptable when carrying in the hand, instead of a bipod, to rest the gun on the bean bag (muzzle facing downrange)?
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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby doki » 2010.02.28. 11:17

L-S-R wrote:Thanks for that, is it acceptable when carrying in the hand, instead of a bipod, to rest the gun on the bean bag (muzzle facing downrange)?
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Yes, after carrying, when you reach the firing point, you may place your rifle onto the beanbag. The beanbag should be very close to the firing line, and the bore should point towards the firing direction (in the direction of the targets), and the loading port must be open. :)
Like on this picture (left side, beside the shooter):
http://mamut.intrex.hu/fieldtarget/album/2009.09.05-06-FTOB2009/P9054557.jpg
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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby Globalstar66 » 2010.03.07. 21:05

In South Africa, almost all of us use a "box" which we modify to carry our rifles in between shooting lanes - obviously very concious of safety - with the breech open.

Here is a photo of one: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/23032028

Is this allowed, or must we all now try and buy new cases? There are no soft cases available in South Africa which are big enough for an FT rifle with scope and butthook added...

Please advise, as ALL South African shooters use this exact same "box" or something very similar...

Thank you very much.

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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby doki » 2010.03.07. 21:34

Globalstar66 wrote:In South Africa, almost all of us use a "box" which we modify to carry our rifles in between shooting lanes - obviously very concious of safety - with the breech open.

Here is a photo of one: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/23032028

Is this allowed, or must we all now try and buy new cases? There are no soft cases available in South Africa which are big enough for an FT rifle with scope and butthook added...

Please advise, as ALL South African shooters use this exact same "box" or something very similar...

Rob, it is not possible to carry the rifle in the open box between lanes. You can store it in the box near the firing line, and the bore must face towards the targets.
You can see here what I mean:
http://www.fieldtarget.hu/album/2009.03.14-FTMK1/P3142146.jpg
But you can carry the rifle in your hand (bore facing down or up) and the box in the other hand between the lanes...
http://picasaweb.google.hu/lh/photo/Kx9g8nB2NCErLaFvNcPG2w?feat=directlink
and when you get there you can place the rifle in the box as described before.
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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby Globalstar66 » 2010.03.07. 22:05

Thanks Doki

It makes sense!!

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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby Dave » 2010.05.15. 13:11

Doki, if I place something hard and firm over the barrel to make it safe and impossable for a shot to be fired ( like a metal tube-sealed up at one end) , can we then carry the gun in the carry case such as Robbie explained between lanes?

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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby doki » 2010.05.16. 10:02

Dave wrote:Doki, if I place something hard and firm over the barrel to make it safe and impossable for a shot to be fired ( like a metal tube-sealed up at one end) , can we then carry the gun in the carry case such as Robbie explained between lanes?

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If it is made of steel and painted red, and can be fixed safely on the end of the barrel (ie with a screw) than yes, you can use it.
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Re: Carrying my rifle

Postby L-S-R » 2010.05.16. 20:56

Dave, I think the box is viewed as a safety hazard, as you are walking behing someone with the muzzle pointed directly at their lower anatomy, or others along the firing line. Even though the breech is open it's a disconcerting!
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