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GUNS Magazine April 2012 Digital Edition - Page 14
STORY: Clint Smith PHOTOS: Heidi Smith I n our January 2012 issue, there was a massive work of computations and charts and the accompanying widgets to in theory compile the data required to send a bullet down range at angles. Or, in layman’s terms, it was a buncha’ figures so you can shoot up and down and hit stuff. yourself a little nuts. Second point, if this is about add-on parts for the rifle to improve personal field or life-saving skills A.K.A. as in combat, the time to apply these skills—if you actually learned them—is simply often not there. I have seen many people who had high-zoot equipment without the knowledge and personal skills to match. I would like to have $5 for each time I have seen a scope marked Old guy and good equipment: a G.A. Precision rifle, Schmidt & Bender scope, MGM target and a good laser rangefinder. Dangle angle? Arguing with reality? uP doWN? I truly believe some people do the techie gig in the interest of seeing how hard they can make shooting or—better put—how to generate something so complicated it covers the fact once in awhile you simply miss the target. And if you never miss, it is because you never shoot. Point number one, if you’re doing all the charts and cosine stuff you’re on the right track to make shooting complicated and you might just drive Don’t learn or practice fake skills like this hand-held, angle-dangle shooting position. Please don’t try this—even with a helmet! with an arrow to raise the bullet impact (when it was required) but the shooter turned the adjustment knob the wrong direction adding to the problem instead of solving it. The great thing is none of the stuff in or on the charts, dials and widgets are any better than a simplified hold up or down if you haven’t practiced it in the field. All most of us need to decide is which system of skills we will have time to apply and will practice (like the old adage “this one is for shootin’ and this one is for fun”). Most of the gadget and widget stuff ’s practicality is arguable out to 700 yards—and even to that distance practice is required. Beyond 700 yards the light saber stuff may start to earn a seat at the table, but again not without lots of practice up down short or far. Yeah and I know “the world’s record shot was…” Blah, blah, and it was good shooting, but it wasn’t a first-round hit. Angle dangle While we’re going up down and so forth we might as well address the clown show syndrome. I recently got a picture of a guy tied by a rope hung over the side of a sheer 90-degree rock face lying head down against the rock with his bipod deployed. Will this steep angle reverse-lynching firing position need to be addressed by purchasing a “thing” for cosine spin Coriolis effects? Will you need to load ammunition differently to address the increased speed of the projectile in the shooting straight down at 90-degree angle or will the bullet get there faster because 14 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 2