Bourjaily: Slow-Mo Skeet

This clip comes from "Time Warp," a Discovery Channel show that applies slow-motion photography to cool stuff, in this case, shooting clay targets or "skeets" as the voice-over guy insists on calling them.

Mostly, this is just fun to watch - especially the part where they shoot balloons. What was interesting to me from a technical standpoint was the slow-motion photography of USA Shooting's Sean McClelland absorbing recoil, especially compared to co-host Jeff doing the same. McClelland holds the butt quite low in his shoulder pocket, and he leans into the shot. As a result, you see the gun move straight backward; the barrels hardly come up at all and McClelland's head scarcely moves. He's unfazed by recoil and ready for a followup. When Jeff, a novice, tries a shot, you can see the gun jump up, knocking his face off the stock. His second shot moves him a step backward.

If nothing else, the clip shows how important it is teach new shooters to lean forward with their nose over their toes when they shoot. By the way, if you want to feel Jeff's pain and experience what it's like to be a new shooter again, try a few shots left-handed. Even a gun you know doesn't kick very hard will spin you around when you shoot it from your off-shoulder.