I lost my front sight!
Sarge was out hunting with a buddy of his, Ed, hunting doves. Now Ed is a darn good shot. And when the two of them go hunting it is neck and neck as to who takes the most shots. The birds were coming in fast and furious and the shooting was great. The birds were ahead of the score but there were so many of the them that the ground was littered with empty shells. Now for non-hunters that is called FUN. Even though you miss 4 times for every one time you hit it is still the best hunting around.
By lunch time the barrels were hot and the hunters were hungry. So they found a nice log laying under a shady tree and pulled out the sandwiches. Ed was ahead of Sarge by 3 birds and it looked like he was on a roll. If he kept on the way he was going he was going to limit out before Sarge by mid afternoon. Mummm good sandwiches thought Sarge.
Suddenly Ed shouts. "I LOST MY FRONT SIGHT!"
"Huh, What, Where, You lost your front sight???" asks Sarge "That is impossible you are shooting a shotgun. They do not have sights."
"Look!" Ed points, " My front sight is gone!"
"You mean that little bead thingy?" asks Sarge
"Yeah, my front sight, it is gone!" wailed Ed.
"Silly, that is not a front sight." stated Sarge. You are not suppose to be using that thing like a rifle.
"What am I going to do, I can't shoot a shotgun without a front sight." cried Ed.
"Ed calm down, Ed buddy, you are not suppose to be using that little bead as a sight. You just look at the bird and swing the gun, when the gun touches the bird or passes it you pull the trigger. Shotguns do not have sights on them. You know why they put that little bead on the front of the shotgun barrel?" asks Sarge.
"No, don't they put it on there for the shooter to use?" asks Ed.
"No No, Ed, you are not thinking right. They just put that little bead on the front of the barrel to make a hunter feel good. Really, if you had a shotgun and it didn't have a little bead on it and everyone else had beads on their shotguns, you would feel bad. Then you would call up the gun company and ask them why they didn't put a little bead on your shotgun. They would sighhhh and say OK send it in to the factory and they will put a bead on it. When you got the gun back and there was a little bead on the barrel you would feel good. Seee" says Sarge
"Well how am I going to hit anything without a front sight?" asks Ed.
"Ed,Ed,Ed just look at the bird and cover it with the end of the barrel and pull the trigger." states Sarge.
But poor Ed, the bead had probably fallen off sometime very early in the morning, or it came off in the gun case when he pulled it out, but for the rest of the day Ed couldn't hit anything. Because he didn't have any front sight. When he didn't know it was gone he just shot instinctively. And he hit on most every shot. That afternoon he got a lot of shooting in, but Sarge filled his bag limit first. Ed got only one more bird all afternoon and that one was coming straight at him and he shot in self defence. (Instinctively)