Until a few years ago, when the life of a young university student allowed me to train in skeet shooting and shoot thousands of cartridges in a year, thrushes at poaching, when I was finally going hunting, it seemed to me that they were almost ... stopped! The glance, the gestures, the jab shot were for me the daily bread of a hobby that in hunting gave me back in satisfaction and fun all the commitment with which I dedicated myself to the clay pigeon. In recent years, free time has shrunk more and more, hunting in all its phases has absorbed all energy and there is no more space for skeet shooting. In the face of little nostalgia, however, I found a certain decrease in my performance as a shooter. So I experienced an obvious discovery on myself: to shoot well you need (certain) training!
And if this is valid for broken ammunition, it is all the more true for shot ball, where the prey-lead ratio is 1: 1 and the chances of making mistakes are infinitely higher. The search for an effective shot is an immediately consequential passage to the previous concept. Not only the bullet will have to intercept the prey in a few points (as the grouping has educated us to think) but, if not in one point, in a specific region of the animal's body, so that the blow, certainly and quickly fatal, can also be defined as clean.
A further aspect that supports the need for training is the confidence with the weapon. This first passes through the manageability with which it is used, loaded, unloaded, transported, pointed. Not infrequently I came across people on the hunt who showed a certain awkwardness in the handling of their new (or not!) Rifle, noting with disappointment and sometimes with a little fright the lack of confidence or too much ease with which the barrel, for example, it was aimed at dogs or people, or in the cumbersome process of inserting or removing cartridges! Confidence with the gun also means learning about its performance and the behavior of the balls at various distances. Train the eye to use pointing systems such as red points and optics, checking their calibration, even several times a year. Shooting on paper, at the range, is certainly not as exciting or exciting as real hunting, but it is a useful step to manage your performance on the hunting ground with greater awareness. For those who practice hunted hunting, the encounter with the bristle is not taken for granted at every beat.
Not a few happened not to have had the opportunity to shoot the wild boar in the race for months and months and then, in the fateful moment long overdue, face to face with the desired animal, the emotion, the unexpected and, let's face it, the lack of training, they turned a possible dream into a real nightmare: the infamous frying pan. Training to shoot on the current wild boar silhouette is in my opinion very useful: it almost automatically makes that complex tangle of reflexes and movements that are so useful in batting. It is not possible for most of us to learn to shoot directly at the animal. The meetings are far too few and sporadic and the approach, as well as being unethical, would be unsuccessful.
These reflections, which have long been in my mind, were strengthened after a fun and instructive afternoon spent in my friend Raniero Testa's personal shooting range. The pretext of my foray was the calibration of the Aimpoint Micro-H2 mounted on the new Browning Bar Tracker HC. A combination that turned out to be a wonderful experience and that gave me satisfaction but, especially on the first few pitches, even some blows on the ears! The first shots did not forgive the inexperience but, after about ten shots, the handling of the weapon and the accuracy of the red-dot made me have a lot of fun!
The performance of my record-holding friend obviously overshadowed me painfully, but as always his advice and suggestions were not lacking. Like true champions, Raniero is not jealous of his knowledge, he knows that sharing it does not impoverish him but increases his esteem for him. A few hours of training in good company made me acquire greater confidence and confidence, and greater confidence in my skills as a shooter. Although in my free time I much prefer to sneak or wander in the woods in search of wild in the flesh, in the meantime I hope to find more opportunity to train on the current wild boar silhouette. So, when in a few months I meet the black beast, holding my Bar and aiming with my red point, I will certainly feel more ready and confident, and the blow, with a little luck, will end in the right place!
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