## For Shotgunners

(Continued from page 19) short range with a close choked gun, of course. Some snapshooters get spectacular results and often fascinate the watcher. What the watcher forgets is that only a very few snapshooters are successful. They are persons endowed by Nature with unusual reflexes; and . .. one can snapshoot effectively at long range targets.

The man who points out uses a method sometimes called the "half snap." He tosses his gun to his shoulder, barrel lined close to the dying target; then quickly swings or points his gun ahead of the target, and fires. He is really a swinger who takes a short-cut; and, too often, his movements are jerky. Some of these men are very successful at all ranges, and it is my opinion that they, also, are persons fortunate enough to possess magnificent reflexes and muscular control.

Finally, there is the true swinger. He mounts his gun correctly, often lightning-fast, while his master eye picks up the flight line of the target. Instead of trying to guess at some point ahead of the target—like a hobo trying to snag a fast freight—he merely moves his upper body so that his gun barrel parallels the travel of his open eyes. He sees his target clearly with both eyes, above his gun barrel, all the time; and, at the instant which practice has told him is right, his trigger finger fires the gun. If he hits, he sees the result instantly—and a pretty picture it is, too! If he misses, he is ready for a second shot without delay. The swinger is not a slow, pottering shooter; he is often a very fast one. But he is a logical person who knows that his shot charge must travel a route which will connect with the flying target where it is—not where it was when he decided to shoot.

It is possible to calculate by mathematics exactly how far ahead of a flying target a shotgun must be fired. We know the velocity of the shot charge and the approximate velocity of the target. Sometimes, we know the range pretty closely. If we just knew how long it took for each shooter to fire his shotgun after he thought he fired it, we might—might, I say—tell him how far ahead of the target to "aim" a shotgun with ex-

peclation of hitting his target.

When we can measure that time accurately, it might be possible to make a steady "snap" or "point out" gunner hit some of the targets most of the time. So far, it hasn't been done, although millions of words have been written on the subject. Tables have been prepared by experts, proving everything except the reaction time of the individual gunner. Study of the millions of words and of the carefully prepared tables have kept more shotgunners in the dub class than anything except not leaving their beds. Forget all that bunk for all time if you want to hit flying targets and have fun doing it. Add to the objective of shotgun shooting the pleasure it can give you. Think of it as a joy, like painting a beautiful picture which you, yourself, want to see all the way. Do not spoil your pleasure by mathematics or gun-sights. Swing and shoot while you see the target.

Question: Where do 1 learn how to swing?