Terry Doe is the acknowledged master of airgun shooting, and in this new series he is passing on the skills, tips and techniques developed over a lifetime of hunting and competing.

For details of the RTI range of air rifles and GPO scopes, go to www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk/

Terry’s rules for shooting safely


Safety is fundamental to every aspect of airgun shooting – so much so that, rather than mention it in passing in each episode, Terry has produced this separate video on safety, which applies to any time you are handling or using any airgun.

For more advice on airgun safety, you can download the BASC guide by clicking the link on this page basc.org.uk/airgunning/advice/

The series so far...

Episode 1 – a solid grounding

Terry is coaching Nicole Moore, ‘Shooting Girl with an Afro’ on Instagram. She’s an experienced pigeon shooter, game shot and deer stalker, but new to airgunning, so Terry starts by teaching the basics of a rock-steady seated shooting position for ultimate accuracy in the field.

It’s a chance to build Nicole’s confidence in the RTI Arms airgun, and her own ability, before moving on to techniques for breathing and trigger control in future episodes.

Episode 2 – shooting standing

In Episode 1 Terry showed Nicole his world-beating sitting position, for super-accurate shooting with no need for bench, sticks or supports. But most airgun hunters take their shots standing up, making it much harder to be accurate.

In Episode 2, Terry shows Nicole the secrets of taking a quick and accurate shot from a standing position, drawing from techniques used by the top Olympic target shooters. Nicole is impressed, learns a lot, and along the way the two of them have a right old laugh.

Episode 3 – follow-through

In part 3 of Terry Doe’s Airgun Academy, he’s back coaching the enthusiastic Nicole Moore, building on earlier lessons by explaining the importance of good trigger technique and follow-through – holding focus on the target until the pellet has reached its destination.

Terry likens it to the job of postman: you’re still on duty until the letter goes through the letterbox.

Episode 4 – breathing control

In part 4 of Terry Doe’s Airgun Academy series, he emphasises the importance of controlling your breathing, and shows Nicole Moore how breathing affects the movement of the gun.

It simply isn’t possible to hold the gun perfectly still, especially when you’re shooting standing, but by using your breathing you can control that movement and make it your friend rather than your enemy.

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