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Mid Tompkins told me that he thought a new
shooter might be best served doing without
an upgrade until the shooter could get the
"final" upgrade: the piece of gear the heart is
set on. Too many people do waste enormous
amounts of money, and time, "waiting" out
the final purchase. A spotting scope is a great
example: good scopes are not cheap, not even
a little bit, and they are also noticeably better
than less-expensive models. Stick with the
"starter" scope until you can get that Kowa,
or whichever model you place as a pinnacle.
Good gear, most pieces at least, lasts a very
long while. I've said this about a hundred times
in my books and articles, "Don't spend the
same dollar twice." Skip the "mid-grade" items
all together. Shop used if you can, and keep in
mind that good gear does last a long time.
Don't neglect the self. I'm not saying that
you have to train like an athlete but it sure
helps to take healthy steps to be in good
physical condition. A lot has transpired
between the morning's standing shots and
the afternoon's final round at 600 yards,
and conditioning keeps you nearer to early
morning energy levels later into the day.
Pay attention to vision. Especially for those
over 40 years, it can make a whopping,
sometimes amazing difference to get a
tuned-up sight picture. This has been one
of the most experimented with and also
changed elements in my personal pursuits.
That is without a doubt a separate article.
I am referring to corrective lenses and
aperture-adjustable sight inserts.
Next up? A few more pointers for a few
more points. That's all that's left!
Part Three of "Climbing the High Power
Ladder" will be in next month's issue. *

There's a lot of gear to get and get accustomed to
using. It all matters. Be patient: it's a wiser decision
almost always to wait until you can get what you
really want, than it is to cycle through "starter" gear
over and over. A shooter might end up making a
significant investment before satisfaction sets in. It
takes a while to be able to look at your position, look
at coats, and figure out which will work best for you.

Overall, I advocate working to develop a bonesupported position more so than one that requires
excessive muscle tension, or reliance on support from
the shooting coat. This series isn't about mechanics, but
I sure found that learning to better use skeletal support
allowed greater duration in the standing hold process.

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