In recent years, thanks largely to cowboy action shooting, I find myself drifting more and more to long guns. Interestingly enough, I was talking to my friend Ken Jorgensen for Ruger at the RR Worlds last weekend, and he mentioned the he's recently become completely enamored with rifles as well. The challenge is fascinating.
So what's the general consensus of what makes a "rifleman?" To be sure, I have an Appleseed "Rifleman" patch I'm very proud of, but I would not presume to call myself a rifleman. Since I started shooting 3-Gun, I've been humbled by how much I have to learn about the rifle. I'm just starting to say, "Oh wow...so that's how that works!"
I grew up in a deer hunting family in Tennessee. In Tennessee scrub, a long shot is 50 yards, so at least in my family there wasn't the obsessive attention to detail that seems like the hallmark of a good rifle shooter (and I pretty quickly went from a Winchester 94 "thurty-thurty" to a Model 29 .44 Magnum). You can get away with a lot if you're working inside 50 yards.
Just some thoughs...
We're in Tulsa filming TBD...I died twice today...once when Mike Janich beat me to death with a hammer in my garage...the second time when he stabbed me to death in somebody's lawn. Note me crying like a little girl after being savagely "stabbed" by Mike with a "drone" knife. It turns out than when you cleverly jam your elbow into even a dull knife 1) you bleed like the proverbial stuck pig, and 2) wowie-zowie it hurts! LOL! Note to simulators...never let a good puddle of blood go to waste.
We've got 3 sims to film tomorrow, but I don't think I have to die. It's time for Seeklander to die!