To become skilled in marksmanship, one must possess a thorough" knowledge of the rifle, the principles of its construction, its capabilities, and the care required to preserve it always in a condition of greatest efficiency, the laws governing the flight of the bullet, and the causes which tend to impress upon its motion certain irregularities; an understanding of the best positions for firing; a readiness for estimating distances; and the experience required to make allowance for the force of the wind, or the motion of the object aimed at. The acquirement of the requisite skill to fire accurately is one of the most important duties of the sportsman; not only his own safety but that of his companions may often depend upon his ability to deliver his fire with effect, and the greatest proficiency in the manual of arms cannot atone for a want of dexterity in this particular. Any man having perfect vision can, through perseverance, become a fair marksman. Long practice with cartridges is not necessary; but a strict compliance with the rules for pointing and aiming, and a careful study of the causes modifying the accuracy of fire, will be sure to lead to more than average skill in firing.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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