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Instructions to Young Marksmen, in All That Relates to the General Construction, Practical Manipulation, Causes and Liability to Error in Making Accurate Performances, and the Theoretic Principles upon Which Such Accurate Performances Are Founded, as.

Chapman, John Ratcliffe

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ISBN 10: 0917714024 / ISBN 13: 9780917714023
Published by Beinfeld Pub Co, 1976
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Title: Instructions to Young Marksmen, in All That ...

Publisher: Beinfeld Pub Co

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Edition: Reprint

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...and bead sight, I never dare place the bead out of the centre of the target, but "cant" the S weapon over sideway, so that the top of the bead sight is inclined towards that side to which I wish the bullet to be projected. This is dangerous work for a new beginner, and he must not pursue such a course until he can tell tolerably well, at a glance, whether the front sight be really upright or not. As simple as this may appear, it troubles nine out of ten to accomplish, and they "cant " their weapons over to one side or other very considerably; and if they keep it all the time at the same angle and at the same side, it is not of much consequence. However, knowing that such manner of holding a rifle is not proper, I beg to caution those who are not aware of the causes of bad side shooting, against doing so; for this, combined with not having the centre of the bead on the centre of the target, but somewhere around it, produces such bad performances, which are generally ascribed to the slow shooting of the weapon; a simple misapplication, putting upon the back of a" deaf," I was going to say "dumb" "critter," faults which ought to be borne on their own. I shall now proceed to give the young marksman some instructions in what I consider to be the most desirable and manly way of using a rifle, that is, at "off-hand." I consider that when we say " off-hand" we ought to mean that the marksman shall use nothing except himself and his weapon, and with them only form his rest as he pleases; having a perfect right to stand up and off-hand clean, hip, or rib his elbow, but he must not bring in and use any extraneous help, such as wipers, ramrods, sticks, or come the " Mississipi...

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