I don’t mind having a chat with people online, to be honest I quite enjoy it especially when they are enthusiastic and open to in depth conversations.
In a recent conversation I had with a shooter we discussed what should they buy first. They already had an air rifle but couldn’t work out in what would be more important to purchase. A Jacket & Trousers, or a Standing Rest.
When purchasing items, you don’t always have to go for brand new, or top of the range, unless you are competing at Major events (I would say internationally) or you have the money to burn. The point is you don’t need to go all out on kit and here’s how you go about it.
Look for second hand.
If you are a standard size, you can often obtain second hand clothing very easily as well as equipment and its usually at a more reasonable price.
Look for cheaper variants.
When you are starting out you don’t need to buy top of the range. Consider using more inexpensive variants to get you started. Admittedly they maybe won’t have the quality or the longevity but they will get you started.
Most clubs should have the equipment to get you well on your way in your shooting career.
Looking for suitable alternatives.
One of my favorite recommendations as an alternative for shooters are these. They make a good alternative for a stand (and you also get lights with them too). The point of posting that link is to make you realise that you can think out of the box and don’t always have to get shooting specific items if a non shooting item will do the trick.
So if you are looking at obtaining new kit, consider that you don’t always have to buy new, or shooting specific.