Circa 1970: Advice for New Shooters

In 1970, Dave Brennan of East Granby, Connecticut offered the following advice to new shooters facing intimidating, unfriendly comments by fellow shooting competitors in Precision Shooting magazine.

Hello I Am Someone Who Can Help words written on a nametag stickWhile you are still learning, it is a very desirable skill to be able to change the subject quickly from your problem to “the big picture.” Don’t let anyone linger over your poor showing; deftly change the subject to a bit of wisdom for the ears of the fellow who just commentated over your last group of 1.350. We will give you below a few “switches” that will be worth their weight in gold to you. Once you’ve got the idea, you can make up more, to fit the various occasions you find yourself in. We’ll give you both the unkind comment, and your reply:


Comment: “Boy, that .222 of yours is all over the place today!”

Reply: “Don’t you somehow feel that those people who shoot .308’s are just plain admitting that they can’t judge wind?”


Comment: “Boy, that .308 of yours is all over the place today!”

Reply: “Don’t you somehow feel that those people who shoot .222’s are just plain admitting that they are afraid of a little recoil?”


Comment: “Why in the world were you shooting during that two minute windy period? Everyone else held their fire then?”

Reply: “I’ve always thought there was something magnificent about Hillary’s reply to the question of why he wanted to climb Everest, ‘because it’s there.’”


Comment: “Wow, that last group of yours looks like a shotgun pattern!”

Reply: “Do you know . . . they still have a long way to go in designing a really good trigger . . . haven’t they?”

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