A year ago we spoke to Chloe Watson, who was new to air rifle shooting. We recently caught up with Chloe to see how she’s developed over the last year.
How has your shooting developed over the last year? – My shooting has not developed as much as I would have liked it to, due to always being very busy! However, even thought my scores may not have improved noticeably, I feel I definitely have an increased my knowledge of shooting itself!
What have you learnt from this last year? – I think with Andy’s help I have learnt a lot more about the gun itself and how they work. I have now learnt how to zero my own riffle (which before I relied on Andy to do).
If you could do anything differently, what would it be? – If I could do something differently it would definitely be to be able to practice my shooting a lot more! I would also like to change/find the best kneeling position for me, as I don’t think this is a reliable shot for me at the moment. I think as I have just got used to using my S400, changing my gun is not currently top of my list. However, I am always up for trying different guns!
Where would you like to be this time next year? – This time next year I would like to be scoring consistently a lot higher on the HFT shoots. I would also like to have a reliably steady standing shot for all my competitions.
What has been your favourite aspect of shooting? – My favourite aspect of shooting has been getting out in the fresh air and meeting lovely new people. Along with enjoying the challenge of making judgements on the environment to get the right shot under pressure!
Which do you prefer, competition shooting or pest control? – I equally enjoy shooting in competitions and pest control as much as each other, but for different reasons! I like hunting/pest control because you have the challenge of a moving, unpredictable target and it is very satisfying getting something physical (the animal) to show for your efforts. However, I also really like the way, when shooting HFT competitions, it pushes you with your mental range finding skills and you might have to shoot a lot closer than you may normally have to when hunting…which I can find difficult!
Do you and Andy compete against each other? – Andy and I ALWAYS complete against each other!! Whether it is a completion or just practicing, we will always find a way to see who can get the smallest group or the most targets down etc. I think the competitive side of shooting makes it a lot more fun (as long as you have a laugh about it too)!
Is the Air Arms S400 still the main air rifle you shoot with? – Yes, the Air Arms S400 is still my main riffle! I Love this riffle! I have tried a few others like the S200 but I think I just get on with the S400 better! Andy has now had my S400 fitted into an ev2 stock. So, I will have to see how it goes with this cool new combination as it does make the gun slightly heavier!