Slim Randles' Home Country
The art of instinctive shooting
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[September 09, 2017]
not that our pal Herb isnít sociable. He is. One of the nicest guys
around, and he can be counted on to start a conversation at the drop
of a hat. And heíll even drop the hat.
No, the reason Herb hasnít been in for coffee much
this week, we know, is the archery tournament coming up. Heís out
there in the field shooting every day. He does go bowhunting each
fall, but we know that itís the mystery and magic of archery itself
that is the big draw to him.
He has explained it to us several times before.
ďThis isnít a mechanical Ö situation,Ē he said. ďI have a
scope-sighted deer rifle, of course, and that is a mechanical deal.
Itís numbers and feet per second, and sighting in for 100 or 200
yards and bullet drop and all that stuff. And we go to the range to
shoot the deer rifle this time of year just to make sure we didnít
bump the rifle and knock the scope out of alignment. But itís
numbers. You hold this much over the target at this many yards, and
youíll hit it.
ďBut archery isnít like that. Not the way I shoot. There are
scope-sighted compound bows too, that will come really close to
being a matter of numbers, but I like shooting traditional style:
you know, recurve bow, shooting with fingers instead of a release,
no sights of any kind. This translates to practice. We call it
instinctive shooting, but the instincts are there only after many
hours or shooting.Ē
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Herb said instinctive shooting
is much like playing catch with a baseball. You toss the ball back
and forth to each other, and even as you get farther apart, you know
exactly how hard to throw it and how much trajectory it needs to get
to just the right place on your friendís chest.
ďAnd how do we know this?Ē Herb asked, ďBecause weíve been playing
catch since we were tiny kids, and we know this. And thatís what
instinctive shooting is, or should be, at its best.Ē
ďBesides, itís a bunch of fun!Ē
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