>Rita Book and the Powerful Shotgun Loads

>It’s my granddaughter, Rita Book, shooting in a practice match before the Idaho State SASS Cowboy Championship.
She made a mistake by putting empty shotgun hulls back in her ammo belt instead of live rounds. It’s pretty understandable considering she only had about 4 hours of training and practice and this is her first match
She is shooting .38 caliber rifle and pistols and a 12ga pump shotgun.

Here’s what to look for in this video:
After shooting her rifle, she puts an empty shotgun shell in the shotgun.
She figures out right away that this isn’t going to work.
I hand her 3 low-recoil shells which she shoots and knocks down the steel targets.
The person with the timer hands her one of his powerful blue shotgun shells.
She shoots it and the recoil pushes her out of the frame.
Watch her ‘bobble head’ expression when she comes back to get another hot load.
Note that she remembers to get into an ‘agressive stance before shooting the next shots.


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Posted on August 24, 2006, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. >She kept on shooting, though… quite a trooper.

  2. >Geezer, was she shooting the same type of snub nosed .38 that jarred the hell outta me? I can’t tell since I’m still a novice. Very impressive. Really.

  3. >KC, it’s hard to tell in the video but the .38’s she was shooting have 4.5″ barrels, that’s longer than the one you shot. The longer/heavier the gun, the less perceived recoil. She was also shooting lighter .38 caliber loads than you were.So she had that going for her… which was nice.

  4. >I know someone who had a purple shoulder that evening.Good shootin thoughd in t

  5. >Yeah, I should have posted pictures of her bruise next to Mrs. Geezer’s.

  6. >Hey RG, we have quite a squirrel problem here in the backyard…any chance she’s going to swing by New Jersey this summer?

  7. >RG, tell her that in real life, you NEVER pick up your empty hulls or spent brass. Doing that ingrains a pattern of it in your mind, and if you ever get into a real-world gunfight where you have to reload, you sure won’t have the time to be playing with your empties.Even in competition, it’s a bad idea, because you will handle a weapon in real life (i.e. a shootout) just like you’ve trained and competed.There are several well-documented cases of law enforcement personnel who were killed in firefights “inexplicably” trying to pick up their expended brass.Leave the brass and hulls on the ground. It may cost you a few bucks more, but what is that compared to your very life?

  8. >you will handle a weapon in real life (i.e. a shootout) just like you’ve trained and competed.Good point, RD.At the unloading table, they will hand you your spent brass and empty hulls so you can reload them.I wasn’t able to tell her not to put them back into her shotgun ammo belt.She knows now.

  9. >I guess I’m evil. I had to laugh when the hot load kicked her. She came back tough, though.

  10. >We laughed more at that clip than anything in YEARS.Especially the ‘bobblehead expression’ when she comes back into the frame.For the rest of their visit, we all (Mrs. G, the grandson and I) could crack each other up instantly just by doing the woozy head shake.I told her I was going to put it on YouTube.

  11. >RG – that is some great stuff! It is fantastic to see young folks out there take up a shooting spor and it warmed my heart to see her lean into that second “hot” shot!!

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