Technically, snap shooting has not line of swing, the aim being taken before the gun is brought up, the sights are thrown directly to the desired point and the arm is discharged the instant the butt hits the shoulder. While this is nap shooting proper, it is a very ineffective manner for firing even at an object at rest, for the reason that when the butt jams into the shoulder muscles the latter give and then rebound, causing the gun muzzle to vibrate to such an extent as to insure a miss except with a very wide spread of pattern. Selecting a point of aim before the gun is thrown to the shoulder is making a pretty fine calculation too, it must be admitted; the bird might spring to the north of you, and without a momentís hesitation you would have to know the precise spot to the northwest where the shot charge would meet it.
Such absolute judgement of speed and angle of flight is next to impossible, and the experienced gunner never attempts snap shooting in this fashion, except when he perceived that the opportunity to shoot at all will be so fleeting that it is either a rough snap shot or none. Impressed with the belief that wing-shooting is merely jerking up the gun and lamming away, the novice is liable to practice just this sort of snapping, with the result that when he does hit he cannot tell why, nor give a reason for his misses. The expert who can handle his gun like part of him cannot shoot successfully in this manner, much less the novice.
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