Shooting instructors Gil and Vicki Ash brought their traveling OSP school to town last week (that's Gil, working with a student in the picture), and once again I got to hear the Ashes harp on the importance of tempo to good shooting. Matching the speed of the gun to the speed of the target is an under-emphasized, critical aspect of shooting a shotgun. Hardly anyone swings too slowly. Much more often, we move the gun too fast and outrun the target, whether it's a clay or a live bird. The Ashes like to use the analogy of merging onto a freeway. When your car is moving at the same speed as the traffic, the speeding cars seem to be moving in slow motion. When your gun moves at the same speed as the target, the birds actually appear to fly slower.