Another Slice of Johnners by Brian Johnston

By Brian Johnston

Following the good fortune of A scrumptious Slice of Johnners, Barry Johnston has edited one other pleasant anthology in accordance with 3 of his father's preferred books, Brian Johnston's consultant to Cricket, Chatterboxes and It's Been a bit of Cake.

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A single hole, in an animal or a paper target, shows only that you fired the rifle. It takes more to achieve true marksmanship. During the iron-sight stage of a smallbore match years ago, I settled into prone and accidentally brushed the trigger. Dismayed, I hardly dared peek into the spotting scope. The best I could hope was that the bullet had missed the paper, leaving no evidence a shot had been fired. A hole in any of the 10 record targets, or between them, would affect my score. Squinting into the glass, I was astounded to see a hole in the center of the target I was to shoot.

But the belted round works fine in hinged-breech mechanisms. 375 rounds slip eagerly into a double’s open breech, and feed silkily in bolt rifles. 375 Magnum ammunition at game….

AR-15s and autoloading pistols encourage careless shooting – though they’re not responsible for it. 22 rifle so much, he reportedly peened the chamber lip to the point a cartridge wouldn’t enter. An understudy rifle trains you gently. 22 rimfire may be the world’s most useful round. “Launching a bullet is a small part of the shooting routine,” he told me. “Most of the important stuff happens first. Where the bullet goes depends on what you do before it’s free of the rifle, or even out of the case.

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