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Have Gun, Will Travel: How to Get a Start in Biathlon

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Nothing goes together better than skiing up to 20 kilometers and intermittently shooting a rifle at a tiny target 50 meters away…right?

It may not sound like the peanut butter and jelly of combinations, but biathlon is a unique sport that deserves more love.

The amount of endurance, control and stamina this sport requires is enough to scare most people away from it — but that’s what makes these athletes even more epic.

If skiing long treks, followed by immediately lowering your blood pressure to hit targets, so you don’t have to ski more, excites you — you should probably give biathlon a shot.

Whose Idea Was This, Anyway?

If you follow the Winter Olympics, you’ve probably seen some of the best biathletes in the world compete on the course, alongside coverage of more conventional winter sports, like skiing. So, who decided strapping a rifle on your back was probably a better way to do it?

It may come as no surprise, as they’re usually on the podium getting medals, but Scandinavians did!

And it makes sense, too, once you know the history of the sport.

It turns out Scandinavian hunters would use skiing as a way to get around, since snow is a pretty common condition to deal with that far north.

To hunt more efficiently, they would strap their guns onto their backs so when they found prey, they could shoot it, then make the trek back on their trusty skis.

You may not be dealing with living conditions quite like that, so you may not have the right training, yet — but that doesn’t mean you can’t! Biathlon training is available in a lot of different locations, and most offer rifle rentals, as well!

Nowhere to Go but Uphill

One of the best ways to get started is to join a club that offers tracks, rentals and training. From there, you can get safety certification and try out the sport. Don’t worry about buying gear yet —  call before you head over and ask if they offer rentals. If you try it and love it, you can start going to events!

If you live in a location that doesn’t offer training, you may need to travel a bit to get proper training, especially with the rifle. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive while you’re at home!

There’s plenty of ways to build up stamina and cardio capacity. Boxing and bag-work are fun ways to get your heart pumping. If you have a yard or open space available, you can build a personal track where you can run, ski or even roller skate until you hit the distance you want. You can also set up targets and use a BB gun to practice your focus after your rounds.

Make Your Motherland Proud

Biathlon is a growing sport that is becoming more and more accessible. You’ve got everything you need to get started — so get involved, give Norway a run for their money and have fun!

How to Choose the Perfect Crossbow

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Going bow hunting can be an amazing experience, but it takes a lot of practice to learn how to shoot a bow accurately. A crossbow can be a great way to get into the world of bow hunting without having to take a ton of time to learn how to shoot a bow.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few tips and tricks to help you find the perfect crossbow for your next hunting trip or target shooting expedition.

Safety First

If you’re new to the world of crossbow shooting, safety should be your first priority. Swing by your local hunting or sporting goods store and start asking some questions. They’ll be happy to answer — the last thing anyone wants to do is to is sell you a crossbow that you’re going to hurt yourself with. Ask questions and pay attention to the answers.

One thing you’ll absolutely want to avoid is dry-firing your crossbow — pulling the trigger when there isn’t a bolt loaded. When there is a bolt loaded into the bow, it allows the pressure to be released steadily. Without the bolt, all the resistance is released at once, which can damage the arms of the crossbow. Many newer models come with a switch that won’t allow you to fire the bow unless a bolt is in place to prevent this sort of damage.

Splurge

It’s tempting to buy a cheap crossbow if you’re just starting out, but cheap doesn’t always mean safety, and you want to make sure you’re as safe as possible when you’re just starting out. Choose the best crossbow you can afford, and don’t be afraid to splurge on the best model you can find.

Bows you invest more in will end up being safer and lasting you longer, which will save you a lot of money in the long run. A decent crossbow will run you between $300 and $1,000 — and getting all the equipment to go with it will add another few hundred dollars to your total.

Pick a Good Draw Weight

Your draw weight will depend on what you want to do with your bow. Target shooting doesn’t need a lot of power, but if you’re planning on going hunting, you’ll need more power. Most crossbows will have a draw weight of between 75 and 125 pounds, which is usually sufficient to kill a white-tailed deer. Some crossbows have draw weights up to 200 pounds, but that’s usually the maximum you’ll be able to find. Sometimes it’s the maximum that you can own — legally.

Get a Sight

An optical scope can help make shooting easier, especially if you’re planning on taking your crossbow hunting. A good optical sight can help you keep your eyes on your target, which is great if you’re just starting out. Pick a good sight that can be adjusted as needed, and make sure you test it at the range to make sure it’s sighted properly before you head out into the woods.

A crossbow is an amazing tool if you learn to use it properly. Make sure you do your research before you buy your first crossbow, and don’t be afraid to splurge a little bit.

Have Gun, Will Travel: How to Get a Start in Biathlon

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Nothing goes together better than skiing up to 20 kilometers and intermittently shooting a rifle at a tiny target 50 meters away…right?

It may not sound like the peanut butter and jelly of combinations, but biathlon is a unique sport that deserves more love.

The amount of endurance, control and stamina this sport requires is enough to scare most people away from it — but that’s what makes these athletes even more epic.

If skiing long treks, followed by immediately lowering your blood pressure to hit targets, so you don’t have to ski more, excites you — you should probably give biathlon a shot.

Whose Idea Was This, Anyway?

If you follow the Winter Olympics, you’ve probably seen some of the best biathletes in the world compete on the course, alongside coverage of more conventional winter sports, like skiing. So, who decided strapping a rifle on your back was probably a better way to do it?

It may come as no surprise, as they’re usually on the podium getting medals, but Scandinavians did!

And it makes sense, too, once you know the history of the sport.

It turns out Scandinavian hunters would use skiing as a way to get around, since snow is a pretty common condition to deal with that far north.

To hunt more efficiently, they would strap their guns onto their backs so when they found prey, they could shoot it, then make the trek back on their trusty skis.

You may not be dealing with living conditions quite like that, so you may not have the right training, yet — but that doesn’t mean you can’t! Biathlon training is available in a lot of different locations, and most offer rifle rentals, as well!

Nowhere to Go but Uphill

One of the best ways to get started is to join a club that offers tracks, rentals and training. From there, you can get safety certification and try out the sport. Don’t worry about buying gear yet —  call before you head over and ask if they offer rentals. If you try it and love it, you can start going to events!

If you live in a location that doesn’t offer training, you may need to travel a bit to get proper training, especially with the rifle. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive while you’re at home!

There’s plenty of ways to build up stamina and cardio capacity. Boxing and bag-work are fun ways to get your heart pumping. If you have a yard or open space available, you can build a personal track where you can run, ski or even roller skate until you hit the distance you want. You can also set up targets and use a BB gun to practice your focus after your rounds.

Make Your Motherland Proud

Biathlon is a growing sport that is becoming more and more accessible. You’ve got everything you need to get started — so get involved, give Norway a run for their money and have fun!

Friends With Firearms: How to Break Into Competitive Shooting

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Whether you’re a pistol person or a shotgun specialist, there’s a competition out there that can help you hone your skills, or even learn something new!

Shooting competitions have a reputation for being solely for experts in the field. However, this stereotype is false. If you’re thinking about getting involved in competitions, but are unsure if you’re good enough, don’t let the goals you haven’t hit yet hold you back.

Instead, hit your goals by hitting your targets in competitive shooting!

Ready?

A significant detriment for most people when it comes to competitive shooting is believing they aren’t ready, need to spend more time on the range or need to improve one thing or another before they start competing with other shooters.

These thoughts, however, can hold you back from doing the improving you keep talking about.

Most people who attend competitions are passionate about guns, bows and shooting in general. They’re not there to make fun of people who are just starting out — they want to make friends and better themselves, too!

You can meet friends and mentors who can offer you helpful tips. If you can’t seem to figure out why your shots always veer right, chances are someone there will — and would probably help you correct it if you asked nicely.

All you need to get started are the guns you want to use, a holster for smaller firearms and a belt, pouch or some way to hold your ammo and magazines.

If you want to meet like-minded people and have fun bettering yourself, grab your guns and get out to a competition.

Aim

There are a lot of different competitions out there. Aim for a competition you think you’ll enjoy, or will get the most out of.

Are you really into rifles? Giddy about Glocks? You can enter in competitions that focus on only one gun, or you can get into three-gun competitions!

As its name suggests, three-gun is a quickly growing competition style that — you guessed it — tests shooters’ abilities with three different types of guns. Instead of using one type throughout, you’ll use a rifle, pistol and a shotgun.

If you’re into American history, especially the Civil War or cowboy eras, you can join clubs that focus on using era-appropriate guns during their competitions.

The Single Action Shooting Society is a unique club that hosts events and competitions that only allow guns such as a pair of Colt single-action revolvers, or a Winchester Model 1892 rifle. Along with these historically accurate guns, you also get to sport Old West-style clothing and get to pick a new cowboy or cowgirl name.

If you ever got into the video game Red Dead Redemption and pictured yourself as John Marston, here’s the next best thing.

Fire!

Whether you want to perfect your skills with your go-to gun or try out something new, there are plenty of options and opportunities out there for you.

No matter what club, competition or gun you want to get involved with, the most important thing is to get out there and have fun!