Shooting Mat?

Discussion in 'UKAHFT Questions and Answers' started by Baltipal, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Baltipal

    Baltipal New Member

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    Hi all,
    I'm trying HFT for the first time on Sunday. I haven't tried prone shooting as yet, Saturday's practice session will be my first attempt but what I wanted to ask was, I have a padded shooting mat that I bought at Bisley when I went down to do a Range qualification for my full bore Club. I haven't seen any HFTers using these when they've visited the 'ride so are they against the rules, frowned upon as being an extravagence, would I be better off with a piece of Tarp?
     
  2. Sparky

    Sparky Ich dien Staff Member

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    Hi

    no mats are fine as long as not rolled up at the front to give the gun support:D

    I personally only use one when conditions are really bad, but quite a few swear by them.

    Pete
     
  3. 5teve L

    5teve L STOP ! HAMMER TIME !

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    There were plenty used yesterday @ Buxted Southern Hunters :D Unfortunatly I didn't have one so got plastered :(
     
  4. Nealsey

    Nealsey Two Tins

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    I had to use the pressure washer on mine yesterday after Buxted.

    Personally I only use mine if the conditions are wet/muddy or the ground is really rough, other than that I don't usually bother.

    Essential bit of kit to own though.

    Neal
     
  5. little steph

    little steph Captain Pussycat

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    I swear by mine... unless it's a tricky shot where it's on a slight slope where you start sliding down the hill !
    I don't know know I just find my shots more comfortable, and definitely worth it through the winter.. and it was a god send at the CSFTA Winter League yesterday.

    Steph:)
     
  6. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    I'm just as comfortable getting down in the mud providing I've got my waterproofs on but when it gets really bad then yes out comes the mat. It's a piece of kit that I certainly wouldn't be without in winter.

    Dave
     
  7. Photoguy2910

    Photoguy2910 Member

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    I won one at WHFTA this year and it is still in the bag, I'm not saying I won't use it but I usually just stick on my gortex and get muddy
     
  8. Dave Ramshead

    Dave Ramshead England HFT Team squatter

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    If its a range sports one, how much posted?:D
     
  9. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    Now that's what I call an opportunist Dave :D;)

    Dave
     
  10. Baltipal

    Baltipal New Member

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    Thanks all, I'll break it out then.:)
     
  11. Dave Ramshead

    Dave Ramshead England HFT Team squatter

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    hehehe:D

    all heart me, offering to take summat he's not using off his hands:D
     
  12. Photoguy2910

    Photoguy2910 Member

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    Thanks for the offer Dave, but as I'm not getting any younger I might just break it out and start to use it. my club has a covered shooting area with a hard floor, need a bit of comfort ;)
     
  13. Dave Ramshead

    Dave Ramshead England HFT Team squatter

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    no worries:)
     
  14. clubshot

    clubshot Member

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    Carp Mat's seem to be many Shooters Favorite these Day's

    BOB/R
     
  15. 1963malc

    1963malc Member

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    I use mine quite a lot at Pontefract AGC as Pete has tried to stop erosion of the ground at the top of the shootingn lanes by letting in a lattice of plastic hexagons. Its working well to preserve the ground but you don't half know about it if you put a knee down on one corner or get your elbows on an edge of one.

    The mat and the cushion come out because of that and elsewhere for inclement conditions.

    Plenty have them and quite a lot use them. Best trick I've seen is to loop a long boot lace around the handles of a 3 section, 2 folds mat so that you can grab the laces, when its on the floor and it folds back up, whilst you pick it up. Then you can carry it over your shoulder using the laces.
     
  16. Dave Ramshead

    Dave Ramshead England HFT Team squatter

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    Thanks for the steer on the carp mat Bob.:)
     

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