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A Practical Joke to Beat All Others

About ten years ago, I was involved with a celebrity shooting event in the Los Angeles area and spent quite a bit of time preparing some of the shooters with lessons and tips to improve their sporting clays scores.

This particular day, I was scheduled to have a group of about 8 novice (also some anti-shooters) on the range to show them the safety and rewards of shooting clay targets. There was a rather well known celebrity type fellow there, who is legally blind, with someone else who was shooting. During a conversation with him, he commented on how much fun it would be if he were allowed to shoot at a few targets.

We laughed about it some, and then figured, "Why not?"

I got him the appropriate eye and ear protection and took him to the front of the trap range (16 yard line) and then set the trap to throw the clay target straight and slow. He said he could see shapes up close and was going to give a try to shoot on his own. I agreed and he shot at 5 or 6 and of course he missed.

My group was starting to assemble and noticing this he conspired with me to really "show off my teaching skills." While standing behind him, I verbally told him to mount his shotgun and to aim at a specific point (don't get ahead of me here). When he called for the target and I threw it, I was going to cough when he needed to pull the trigger.

He called, I pulled, I coughed, he shot.... and turned that clay target to dust! He calmly stood still and held the shotgun out with his right hand for me to take. I took it and he withdrew his red and white striped cane from a pocket, unfolded it, turned and tapped his way back toward the group watching.

As he walked past the group of people with mouths hanging open, he said, "That Tennessee guy is one heck of a shooting coach," and continued walking.

PRICELESS is what that was. I would give anything to have had a video of it. The whispering that went around that range for those next few hours was worth the whole trip to California.

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