Pete we were all every one of us complete novices once! I had the opposite attitude to you though, I used to go and shoot the North west Gauntlet series because it was close and the wealth of talent up there was off the scale! They are all great blokes and I learnt a lot! I found this helped me learn and improve quicker than staying at the smaller comps would have done. If there is no challenge and you don't push yourself you wont improve!
The standard has gone up considerably in the years I have been shooting and all regions now have really good series to shoot without having to travel far.
So quit whinging and get amongst them, learn from them and work out how to beat them! Or remain a novice? If you want to be good, put the effort in like all the people who are good did! Reap what you sow, simples!
HFT, for people with only 2 buttucks!
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