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we look down the barrel and stare hard
at the target.
I have never figured out the sporting
purpose of fiber optic sights. Hopefully, I
never will use one on a tactical firearm,
where perhaps they make a difference.
Pumps and semis have standard stocks
that fit the average person. Finally, many
of them are being fitted with recoil pads
that actually work. Older, rock-hard
recoil pads have always been a pet peeve
of mine. Anyone who thinks he or she
is not affected adversely by recoil is
dreaming. The more one shoots, and the
heavier loads one shoots, the greater the
chance of missing from recoil.
If you don't have an excellent pad
on your pump or semi, have a gunsmith
install a good one, cost be darned. Your
recreational activities of hunting and
target shooting are worthwhile, and
doing so is a long-term investment.
Honestly, I also would have my good
pump or semi fitted by a gunsmith,
or better yet, a gun-fitter. Yes, it is
somewhat expensive, but what is your
shooting pleasure worth? I know when I
come home from shooting after I missed

a lot, I'm not very happy.
Years ago, I returned from a writers'
convention, where I shot terribly with a
manufacturer's new semi, and mentioned
it with some dismay to a special mentor.
Without even stopping to think
about it, he said simply, "John, the gun
didn't fit you."
I've been to two excellent shotgun
schools and fitted twice by excellent
gun-fitters, and knew he was right.
Have your gun fitted if shooting
success matters to you.
The real difference between a pump
and semi-auto is the action, the way the
gun is operated.
Basically, the pump is manual and the
semi is operated nearly automatically
by its own mechanism. With one gun
you must pump the shotgun manually
before your next shot, and for the semi
one must only pull the trigger a second
or third time for another shot. The
difference is not as big a deal as one
would think.
I have seen several old-timers at the
old Remington Gun Club at the DuPont
Co. outside of Newark, Del., shoot skeet

B r i a n S m i t h m y e r, o f
Mechanicsburg, got this
7-point buck in Perry
County in 2014.

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