Benchrest Air Pistol - Some Thoughts and a Trial

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Postby Ian » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:38 pm

I think that the drastically different POI with the LP53 is mainly to do with the way it recoils in the vertical plane as opposed to the horizontal one. When shooting unsupported this can be compensated for (I find a very firm grip best) but it doesnt seem to get on well rested. Perhaps a fairly loose grip on a more conventional springer will be more successful - I will have a try tomorrow depending on how cold it is!
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Postby Ian » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:51 pm

Ian:585 wrote:I am hoping that the S&W 78G that I am after will materialise soon as I think it would be well suited to this


Since posting this I have competed a deal for a mint example - looking forward to trying this on the rest - will post some pictures
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Postby pmh » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:18 pm

Looking forwards to pictures and a review.

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Postby mitchell301 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:39 pm

Used the club pistol benchrest today..... bloody nightmare with an unrefined recoiling pistol, the hard rubber rest was buffering the recoil too much... have to place some softer spongey material between rest-head and pistol and give it a lot of practice and technique before I can submit any scores.:P   As above.. I'm so used to "freestanding", that benchrest seemed awkward at first.   Coincidently, I took my Harrington Gat to the club today, asking if anyone could guess what classic, world-recognised pistol I had in my case. As it happened, internal seals must have perished, as pellets were only going a max of 5ft (I'm sure I used to get 6ft from it when it was new) :P
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Postby pmh » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:36 pm

I adjusted my technique as I shot the competition.

In the end I settled for rested just before the trigger guard, with the elbow of my shooting arm on my platform.

I folded a duster and put this on the rest as a bit of extra cushioning.

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Postby mitchell301 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:55 pm

Aha.... I didnt realise the arm was allowed to be rested on a surface. Dur. I was sat there with no part of my body touching either the rest or the bench surface, just holding the pistol barrel on the rest. No wonder I had problems.. what a nugget!!
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Postby pmh » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:05 pm

I tried 3 techniques:-

Rest only,
Rest, elbow+left arm holding right
Rest and elbow.

I found the rest and elbow to be the best.

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Postby Ian » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:16 pm

My personal preference is for 'rest only' as in a seated position I like to have my shooting arm straight and parallel to the ground - a similar position to unsupported match shooting
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Postby mitchell301 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:22 pm

I've brought the benchrest home with me, so I've got a few days to find the best position to suit me. Both of the above preferred methods sound the most plausible for me to try.
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