August 24, 2007
Lessons From The African Shoot, Part II
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
He shot a lousy score. So did everyone else who fired quickly. Every guy who shot well shot with a steady rhythm, and used up almost all the time they had.
Gunsite has a saying: "A good fast shot is better than a slow perfect shot, because you won't have time for the perfect shot."
Carve this in your forearm. And I'd like to add a corollary principle:
"A good shot develops a sense of how much time he has--and uses that time."
If you've done enough hunting you'll be able to look at an animal and sense whether you have to shoot instantly, or take a couple of seconds to figure things out. The great custom rifle builder Jerry Fisher (who has done a ton of hunting) says it comes after you take 300 head of big game. That seems as good a number as any.