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Lock, Stock & Barrel By John McGonigle Stick with the Basics M Y HIGH SCHOOL football coach used to always say, “Football is about basics, and the team that blocks, tackles and protects the ball the best while avoiding mistakes usually wins the game.” He was right, and his philosophy is correct for all activities. One must correctly learn how to perform the basic skills to succeed in a given sport or activity, and then practice correctly so skills become consistently correct. (Practice, consistent and succeed are the key words here.) I recently interviewed Benelli Shotgun exhibition shooter Tim Bradley about wingshooting. After trying to beg off from providing shooting tips by saying, “I’m not a shooting instructor,” he immediately proved to me he was wrong, because he offered the exact lessons a good shooting instructor would provide — he just worded things differently. Without going deeply into it, Bradley suggested ensuring that your shotgun fits John McGonigle correctly and handles easily. “I like a 20-gauge in a pump because its lighter, has less recoil and handles very well.” Talking to Bradley further it became obvious his comments referred less to the gauge than to the handling characteristics of a smoothbore. A major piece of advice from Bradley that American wing shooters ignore regularly is, “To improve, get professional instruction. It speeds up learning and saves you money on ammunition.” If you have purchased ammo recently you know how important the latter part of that sentence is — so is the first part of the sentence. Amateur golfers take instructions from pros, as do tennis players, so why not shooters? I honestly believe many of us (men) are just too darned macho to get instructions, we allow testosterone to have too much sway. Don’t get me wrong, testosterone is a good thing, and certainly has its place. That place, though, has nothing to do with shooting. Take a few shooting lessons. I was reading recently that skeet and sporting clays shooting were originated to replicate — and practice — shots taken when hunting, at least to some degree. I knew that, as do most readers. The real point of that information is not so much the hunting connection to those games, but rather the practice connection. Hunters start with lowered guns, because they do not know when a bird will flush. One quickly finds that mounting a shotgun Exhibition shooter TIM BRADLEY with his Benelli semiauto with an extended magazine and fiber optic sight. OCTOBER 2008 61

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008

Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
The Essence of Whitetails
Hunting for a Greater Good
What a Story to Tell
Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
The Sandhill Crane Incidents
Nevada Grouse
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Blowin1
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Essence of Whitetails
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Hunting for a Greater Good
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - What a Story to Tell
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Three Birds, Four Shells, One Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Sandhill Crane Incidents
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Nevada Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - October 2008 - Crossings
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