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October 31
HALLOWEEN!

READ THIS FIRST...


Boo. Ha. Booha. There's time for more tips now and I'm trying hard as I can to get through the rest of the site updates, which are by necessity massive. I'll get back to this as soon as I can.

For now, my best tip is to go check out Slings & Things. That's just not shameless self-promotion, it's the honest truth. That book has answers to so many of the same questions so many shooters have that, well, that's why I did it.


RELOADING


6mm

Some may know that buddy Carl Bernosky won Perry this year shooting "our" rifle, an AR15 match rifle. Not an SR-25 or AR-10. Carl used a 6mm and there will be more details about that upcoming. We're talking it all over now. I have some experience with the 6mms and can tell you that it's looking to be a staple. I still like .22s, but the .243 diameter sho has it's high points.


LEARN EVERY DAGGONE SQUARE INCH OF THE BOX FIRST. BUT THEN DON'T BE AFRAID TO THINK OUTSIDE IT!

 

SHOOTING


Having unfortunately stepped in and out of weekly shooting, and sometimes monthly, and even a few stints of quarterly withdrawls from burning propellants, it's interesting how things change when you don't want them to, and how sometimes that's not all bad.

Lemmesplain.

Getting out of the habits we all try to, well, habituate with respect to shooting position mechanics always means getting back in form. Most call it feeling a little rusty. After a lay off, a few things, to more things, just don't seem the same as they did, they don't feel right. The obvious first action is to return to one's own list of fundamentals and get them back in line. However! Sometimes there's something new afoot, and it's wise to watch out for it.

I've learned a lot of things, things that have become "permanent" reorientations of my personal mechanics list, following a layoff and a resumption of the pursuit. I wish I could say that's always the case, but it's not. Most of the time, nearly always as a matter of fact, what's necessary is to "learn back" to what you were doing and get back up to speed at the point where you left off. Again, there are also things that, in the course of retrofitting the muscles and mind to the former form, a little change that seems to be helping is very likely to show itself. I see this, without a doubt, the most in standing. That's usually where I start back up after a break. What seems to happen is common to me and all others I know -- there's more wobble. Shots don't go as easily and as certainly. In the course of reeling in the front sight, THAT is where sometimes new tricks and nuances display.

Good story, well, let's just call it an example. During a head shaking session exactly reflecting the wobbling "nothing but 9s" return to the offhand netherland I had left behind for too long, I started calming things down and holding very steady simply by moving my left forearm about a quarter inch rotation clockwise. That's my new way now. I never would thought to have tried it had I not been struggling. At another time I took a little cant off and got all the centers in the world. I thought though that one and decided that during times of daily practice I'm a little more flexible and the extra lean came about more naturally as a result.

Folks, these are not huge gains. They're little things. Little things also, however, are points. One and two here and there and that's a big difference. Don't stubbornly force yourself back into your old mold after a layoff. Get yourself close as you can but don't ignore some of the improvement potential that you "instinctively" may be directing yourself toward. It, yes, takes a lot of experience, and then even more self-tests old against new, to find out if the new self-found trick is a solid improvement or a crutch.


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