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Bob Wright 03-08-2013 08:41 PM

On learning to shoot........
 
I've come to the conclusion most folks aren't better shots because they pick very large targets to shoot at. I see many novices pick the large silhouette and continue to practice with that.

When I got my first .22 Rifle as a youngster, my targets were Prince Albert tobacco cans salvaged from the trash pile. The white oval made a pretty good bullseye, in my opinion.

Then one day my uncle saw me shooting at these and chided me for using such a large target. He turned the cans edgeways to me to present a smaller target. Later it was burnt matchsticks stuck up in a log. Then trying to strike a match with a bullet. I got to be pretty good with that Marlin .22, simply because the smaller targets made me concentrate more on the basics of markmanship.

When I finally got my .45 New Service (At the sum of $32.95) I went back to Prince Albert cans turned edgewise. Never struck a match with my .45, but I became a reasonably good shot with a handgun.

Maybe ya'll might try my method?

Bob Wright

CA357 03-08-2013 09:29 PM

Aim small, miss small.

aikimo 03-08-2013 09:44 PM

I am new to guns and my instructor said the same thing.. Do not buy the huge human target and shoot all over the place with lots of rounds (as many other guys do at my range). He said choose a small target, aim small, miss small :) I am trying to follow his instructions.. This is great fun!

WebleyFosbery38 03-08-2013 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Bob Wright (Post 1168901)
I've come to the conclusion most folks aren't better shots because they pick very large targets to shoot at. I see many novices pick the large silhouette and continue to practice with that.

When I got my first .22 Rifle as a youngster, my targets were Prince Albert tobacco cans salvaged from the trash pile. The white oval made a pretty good bullseye, in my opinion.

Then one day my uncle saw me shooting at these and chided me for using such a large target. He turned the cans edgeways to me to present a smaller target. Later it was burnt matchsticks stuck up in a log. Then trying to strike a match with a bullet. I got to be pretty good with that Marlin .22, simply because the smaller targets made me concentrate more on the basics of markmanship.

When I finally got my .45 New Service (At the sum of $32.95) I went back to Prince Albert cans turned edgewise. Never struck a match with my .45, but I became a reasonably good shot with a handgun.

Maybe ya'll might try my method?

Bob Wright

great advice Bob!

winds-of-change 03-09-2013 12:56 AM

I have used all kinds of things as targets. But, as a novice shooter, I don't want to get discouraged. I like aiming for the bulls eye on a traditional target but I have also shot at knots in a rope tied between two trees, empty shot gun shells, etc. If you give a very new shooter the side of a snuff can to shoot at, it might be a lesson in aggravation making the sport unpleasant for that person. I agree, we should challenge ourselves as we progress. One has to crawl before one can run.

Bob Wright 03-09-2013 01:29 AM

I never got aggravated~just more determined!

Bob Wright

Bob Wright 03-09-2013 01:32 AM

The side of a snuff can? I don't ever remember seeing snuff sold in cans, it was always in those brown bottles.

Not until snuff became a "boy" thing did I ever see snuff in a can.

Bob Wright

GeneralPatton 03-09-2013 01:53 AM

I get the large targets at the range, then stick a 6 inch splatter target on it before shooting. I add more 6 inch splatter stickies all over it for multiple clean targets. I guess I could do without it, but it's only a buck and it supports my local range, since my after membership dues I never spend a dime other than the occasional box of rounds.

jgoertz 03-09-2013 02:49 AM

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jgoertz 03-09-2013 02:51 AM

I get them out of the trash.


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