There is growing interest in Practical Shooting competitions in the club.
A few members have joined the PSA http://www.ukpsa.co.uk/ and have attended the Basic Safety Course. I attended the on one in Harlow at the end of November 2012 and had a great weekend of tuition and practise.
The course starts with a morning classroom session with an overview of the sport and then a very detailed safety briefing. You then go to the range, split up in to groups and are assigned an instructor. The instructors take you through the various courses of fire, each time fully reviewing all the safety points. You repeat various exercise shooting steel targets at ranges from 5 to 15m. You get to practise speed, precision, different shooting positions including lying on your back and shooting from you weak shoulder (an interesting experience).
The next day starts early at the range with more exercises and then a mock competition shoot with a UKPSA Instructor and competition judge. This gives you a real feel of the pressures of a competitive shoot.
You are under continual assessment and any safety infringement will result in a fail but the level of instruction was so high that no one failed the course. The most popular shotgun used was a semi-auto but my pump action easily kept up and never had a mis-feed.
I can easily say it was one of the best shooting weekends I have ever had and would thoroughly recommend it. I passed the course and was also awarded an international competition license. I am now waiting until the weather warms up so I can go and enter some comps.