March 5th, 2017, 05:41 PM
Join Date: Jul 2016
Good Manners, Good Grades, Good Shooting...
"In those days marksmanship was considered as important as good manners and good grades."
Richard Mann wrote an article a few years ago for Shooting Times titled "A Commonsense Approach To Better Marksmanship".
Above is a short quote from that article. Below is more:
"Maj. Ned Roberts, designer of the .257 Roberts cartridge, was lucky. Roberts’s Uncle Bud taught him how to shoot a rifle. Uncle Bud was an accomplished shot and had been a member of Berdan’s Sharpshooters, during the Civil War.
"When Roberts was not yet a teenager, Uncle Bud started him on a rigorous practice regime, and before long Roberts was able to put four out of five shots inside a two-inch bullseye at 55 yards using a .30-caliber muzzleloader and open sights from the standing, off-hand position.
"After Roberts accomplished that feat, the range and target size were doubled. After Roberts managed to qualify at 165 yards with the same proficiency, Uncle Bud proclaimed him a good shot with a rifle. The year was 1876, and Roberts was not yet 10. That same year he shot his first big-game animal: a lynx that weighed 67 pounds. Things were different in 1886. In those days marksmanship was considered as important as good manners and good grades..."
The whole article (rather short actually) can be found here: http://www.shootingtimes.com/long-gu...s_mark_091306/
Enjoy. And happy shooting.