Let’s look at those in relation to my chosen shooting sport, sporting clays. Shooting a full eleven or twelve station course on a hot summer day is not for wuzzies. You must first have leg strength if you are walking the course. You are not doing a 12-mile road march, but you might well be walking ¼ to ½ mile carrying a shotgun and shooting bag that starts out with 100 – 125 rounds of ammo. You will also need arm strength. A typical sporting clays gun weighs about 8 pounds. If you shoot low gun that is somewhat like doing 100 eight pound lifts in two hours. All of this means you have to be in reasonably good shape to enjoy the sport.
This leads us to the next physical discipline, stamina. There are a lot of factors that affect stamina including physical strength. The bottom line is: if you are not in good shape, you will tire easily which affects mental discipline. This causes you to lose focus. And as we have mentioned in the past, hard focus on the target is essential to successfully breaking clay targets. That lack of stamina will also affect your hand-eye coordination and motor skills. So if you are tired, you don’t focus on the target and also don’t swing the shotgun with the target. Subsequently, your score goes down. I’ve seen it in my own scores. If I shoot in hot weather about half way through the course I start to lose my focus. I miss a few targets that are normally easy. Then I get frustrated and miss even more.
Any shooting sport should be enjoyable. It will be much more so if we prepare for it by maintaining some sort of physical conditioning that increases our stamina and mental focus on what we are doing. So if you shoot very much, especially sporting clays that requires a lot of movement, it will be to our benefit to maintain your body just like you do your weapon.
This is not going to make the antigun crowd happy. The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) has released a report that shows as concealed carry has grown across the nation, crime has gone down. One group even used the data to show that in constitutional carry states the murder and violent crime rate is lower than in states that greatly restrict concealed carry handguns.
The executive summary of the report also shows: the number of concealed carry permit holders has increased by 15.4% over the last year; the largest ever single-year increase; nearly 5% of the total adult population has a permit; in the last eight years concealed carry permits issued to women has increased by a whopping 270%; between 2007 and 2014 the murder rate has fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 per 100,000 population while during that same period concealed carry permits increased by 156%. They can’t make a direct correlation between the two but it is hard to argue with facts. Data also indicate there has also been a significant rise of concealed carry among minority populations. With more women and minorities entering the gun world, it is no longer an “old white guy” sport. You won’t see this good news reported in the mainstream media.
We have a new chairman of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously elected a new chairman and vice-chairman during its business meeting today to preside over the governing board of the state regulatory agency. John Litton Clark, of Clinton and the District 4 commissioner, will serve as chairman. John T. Coley IV, of Holly Springs and a Governor At Large Appointee, will serve as vice chairman. Clark replaces James W. Cogdell of Norwood, who is the District 6 commissioner. Coley replaces Clark, the newly elected chairman.