I believe that any one with a good mind and clear sight, possessing nerve, coolness, and a quick connection between will and finger, can, by practice and endeavors to correct the inaccuracies pointed out, do good shooting. The men in our service are anxious to learn how to shoot well, and in the majority of cases are very apt scholars. It is only necessary that the officers teach them the practical correction of errors, which they are to investigate theoretically. In Busk's "Hand-book for Hythe" it is stated that "one hour a day of private practice in aiming drill will, in a few weeks, make a man a first-class shot." I believe this, for the position and the aiming drills constitute the very foundation of any system of practice. It is an absurd mistake in our service to have recruits fire off-hand at a target one hundred yards distant when they scarcely know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun, and cannot hit a barn-door thirty paces distant with either.
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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