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During the 1970s, a popular television ad was staged in a crowded and noisy cocktail party. a young professional would casually mention that E.F. hutton was his broker, whereupon all talking would cease. at that point a rich, baritone voice intoned, “When E. F. hutton talks, people listen.” the same can be said for nancy tompkins’ Prone and Long-Range Rifle Shooting, for when a member of the first family of u.s. long-range shooting speaks, everyone should listen. Review by Hap Rocketto
Techniques of Competition for Enhanced Match Performance” covers the second third of the work, beginning with a brief and insightful look into basic equipment, followed by a chapter on issues concerning the eye. Tompkins’ medical training (she is a nurse by profession) allows her to transform what can be a difficult subject into a readily understandable discussion of eye health. The well-traveled subjects of physical and mental training are covered, as are goal setting and relaxation techniques, but with her personal training aids and methods presented as examples. An introduction to long range targets is used to set the stage for an extensive chapter on wind of some 55 pages, which are chock full of photos and sage advice on how to deal with, and shoot successfully, in various wind conditions. For many readers this may be the singular most important reason to purchase the book. This chapter also provides a nice segue into a discussion of how to deal with adverse weather conditions such as rain and heat. The last third roughly covers the final subtitle, “With Reloading, Equipment, and Building a Palma Rifle” and is technical in nature with husband Mid Tompkins serving as advisor. Various chapters discuss trouble shooting rifle performance, loading for long range, building a Palma rifle and rifle maintenance. It is in this section that the one negative point about the book is seen. Sandwiched between the technical discussions are several chapters on travel and preparation for major competitions, which would have been better placed at the end of the book. Additionally, the chapter on cross training would be a better fit earlier alongside the chapters on mental and physical preparation. These are minor stylistic issues that do not detract from the book’s value but, rather, distract from its usual smooth flow of subject matter. In her introduction Tompkins states, “What ever you do in shooting—have fun.” The closing section is entitled “Having Fun.” Sandwiched between those references to her basic philosophy of shooting is a veritable Fort Knox of shooting wealth. This work belongs on every serious shooter’s bookshelf. The book is available at Tompkins’ website www.rifleshootingbynancy.com for $34.95 along with the option of having the book signed.

Prone and Long-range rifLe Shooting By NaNcy TompkiNs

ompkins has taken her three-plus decades of extraordinarily successful shooting experience, organized it into a logical framework, illustrated it with numerous pictures and diagrams and explained it in an easily understandable and straightforward manner. It has been said that reading a book is like having a private dialog with the author. With her friendly and personal writing style, that is certainly the case here. The book is broken into three sections. The first three chapters deal with the heart of the book: the prone position, shooting fundamentals and adjusting the rifle for shooting prone. They combine to give one of the best lessons in establishing and executing the most basic of shooting positions. Tompkins gives a meticulously detailed and illustrated step-by-step course in creating a stable position from the ground up, while emphasizing the most important aspect of shooting success—consistency. The book’s first subtitle, “Explaining the Mental and Physical

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Shooting Sports USA - July 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - July 2010

Shooting Sports USA - July 2010
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Product Focus
Book Review
Shooter Spotlight
Score Sheet
Airgun Maintenance
First NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship
NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships
NCAA Rifle Championships
ACUI Clay Target Championships
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Shooting Sports USA - July 2010
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 3
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Product Focus
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Book Review
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Shooter Spotlight
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Score Sheet
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 14
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Airgun Maintenance
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 17
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - First NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - NCAA Rifle Championships
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - ACUI Clay Target Championships
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - A Page From History
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Coming Events
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