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The Art of the Rifle

The Art of the Rifle

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he repeating rifle is normally carried afield in Condition 3, with magazine full and
chamber empty, We may regard this as "normal' because in most hunting situations
there is no need for an instantaneous first shot, Such circumstances do occur,
however, and with these the rifle is carried with a full magazine, a live round in the
chamber, and the safety on. Thus, when en instant opportunity presents itself, the
safety is operated as the butt hits the shoulder and the slack, if any, is taken out of
the trigger

{There is some valid disagreement about this policy among experienced riflemen
who maintain that reliance upon the mechanical safety is Foolish and that the true
'safety' of the piece is the trigger finger, which is properly kept outside the trigger
guard until the shooter has his target in his sights. I find it hard to reject this, but 1
have been accustomed to Condition 1—fully loaded, hammer back, safety on—and I
still continue to use the safety even in conditions of anticipated immediate contact.)

The expert marksman always reloads the chamber instantly after the shot,
regardless of what he thinks he has achieved. If his target is down, he keeps it in
sight long enough to be sure it will stay down. If it has disappeared from view, the
marksman makes himself ready For instant contact as he follows up.

The self-loading rifle reloads itself automatically, as its name implies. However, the
shooter of such a


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