Seriously, look elsewhere than here for the advice you are seeking. (I'm so proud of my restraint.) Oh, afterthought: the ACF does have access to a series of remarkably informative pamphlets on the subject to give you that "edge" before your first "hands on" session.
My boy's won best shot at Summer Camp 2004 in Otterburn (summer and Otterburn just don't go together in my mind). He's going down to Bisley soon for some shooting competition or other. Apparently he's a cracking shot - just like me I will ask him for some tips for you.
I find that if I dip my Ammo into Copperslip the rounds fit into the Magazine faster. Also if you 'Etch' Go Faster lines down the sides of the bullet(not the Cartridge) it increases the muzzle velocity by 47.5 FPS. While I'm on the subject, forget about putting Issue oil on the working parts. Use 'LARD' It's cheaper, lasts longer and you can eat it
The biggest tip I can give you is: 'Take your time'. Don't worry about the others getting their rounds off in the first 30 seconds, let them get on with it. Just work on getting your position correct.
When starting out shooting, you need to get the basics right. The critical point is that 'The rifle points naturally at the target without any undue physical effort'. Sounds like a mouthfull and it is. However, get this right and you're more than halfway there. Translated, this means spendin upwards of a couple of minutes sorting your position out:
Take the prone position and point 'naturally at the target'.
Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths.
Open your eyes and assess how far your point of aim is off the centre of the target.
Shuffle and adjust (rotating entire body, positioning arms to adjust point of aim horizontally etc.)
Repeat until point of aim is bang on the centre of the target and you are comfortable.
Done properly, that will give you a decent foundation. However to really excel one must carefully look at breathing, trigger control and follow-through. I'm not going into this now as i'm bored. Bye
Unless you've got a sawn-off, you wont be able to reach the triggers once the muzzles are under your chin. Take off your shoes and socks, and use your toes. Its going to make a hell of a mess, so unless you really want to pish your mum off, do it in the garden, theres a good lad.
Oh, ok DD, I dont usually do sensible/reasonable after 21.00 but how about:-
The Four Rules Of Shooting
1. All weapons are always loaded
2. Never point your weapon at anything you're not prepared to kill or destroy
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target
4. Always be sure of your target (and what lies beyond)