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Traveling the InnerState:

Sports Performance Techniques for a Successful Life
By Gil and Vicki Ash with Ty Adams

Big-Bore Revolvers

($39.95; hard cover; 151 pages; OSP Press; ospschool.com)

($27.99; soft cover; 224 pages; Gun Digest Books; gundigeststore.com)

Have you ever missed skeet station No.  after somebody said
you had  straight? Drilled bullseyes with your bow at  yards
then completely missed an elk at ? If you feel powerless to control such situations then world-renowned shotgun instructors Gil
and Vicki Ash can help. Their latest book, Traveling the InnerState,
is for shooters who own the technical skills but have never mastered the most important aspect of top performance-the mental
state. It's what separates club pros from Tiger Woods, good shots
from deadeyes who seem to perform better when the pressure's
on. The Ashes define that elusive, Zen-like mental state known as
"the zone," where targets seem to float just above your barrels like
hot-air balloons, then suggest how you can find it.
After years of coaching, Gil and Vicki have figured out how
the average person can focus the psyche so missing seldom
enters the mind.
Traveling the inner state reveals mental techniques used by
world champions-including  of Ash's students and colleagues.
Laced within words of wisdom are nine s (high-impact techniques) and "The World's Most Important Exercise" that instantly
helps shooters and, indeed, people in all walks of life. Yes, this
is a self-help book, but it's about more than just thinking you
can-it's about embracing the challenge, focusing and knowing
how to forget the bad things that happen. It's also practical. That's
why there's a chapter entitled "When the Mental Game Doesn't
Work" that suggests simple techniques if all else fails.
Gil and Vicki are master shotgunners and coaches, but this
book sets them apart as mind magicians. If only I'd read it before
I missed that elk at  paces.-Jeff Johnston, Managing Editor

By Max Prasac

It's a question that's debated endlessly around campfires in
hunting camps everywhere: Is bigger better? If you agree it is
then you should enjoy Big-Bore Revolvers as not only a good
read but a welcome addition to your reference library.
Author Max Prasac provides more than  color photographs
and in-depth coverage of a subject he knows well including: commercial and wildcat revolver cartridges and their effectiveness,
and theoretical and actual application of their terminal ballistics;
commercial and custom revolver platforms; bullet types and the
myths surrounding their performance; sighting systems; holsters;
and shooting and care of your revolver. He paints enlightening
portraits of the pioneers of the big-bore revolution: Elmer Keith,
Dick Casull (who wrote the foreword), Larry Kelly and Ross Seyfried. Hunt stories loom large, too, when Prasac takes readers into
the field in pursuit of the large and often dangerous game pursued
with revolvers including hunts with Dustin Linebaugh, who shot
a grizzly at  yards with his . Linebaugh, and professional
hunter Bud Rummel, who took a -pound Zimbabwe lioness
at  yards with a . Smith & Wesson.
Prasac hunts almost exclusively with big-bore revolvers, and he
has written professionally since the mid 's. His byline appears
regularly in magazines like Boar Hunter and Bear Hunting (and
lately it's appeared in these pages, too). But experience led him
to seek collaboration from two friends: John Parker, a freelance
ballistician and handgun hunter, and master gunsmith Jack Huntington, owner of  Advanced Gunsmithing. The subject matter
in Prasac's book is nothing new, but his take on it is fresh and
entertaining.-J. Scott Olmsted, Editor in Chief

Record Gator Caught
in Mississippi

Photo: Austin Winter / AP

According to the Mississippi Department
of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, a new
state record for the heaviest alligator
ever taken there was reached Sept. 22,
when Tom Grant and his hunting party
in Issaquena County landed a monster
that weighed a whopping 697.5 pounds.
When all was said and done, the colossal
gator took more than four hours to hook,
haul in, dispatch and load. "We tried to
winch him up on the trailer. It broke my
winch," says hunter Kenny Winter.
  ❘

 ❘ .


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