Re: first line of defense

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 14:06:09 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> James Rogers wrote:
> > The hard part is learning to shoot down an aircraft with a rifle, since
> > you'll never hit it if you aim at it even if it is headed directly at you.
> I assume one would lead the target similar to the way one leads
> a bird when hunting with a shotgun.

This is exactly correct. In WWII, trainers found that the best anti-air
gunners were shotgun trained bird hunters, especially for gun positions
in bombers. Riflemen were only really useful for infantry.

I know one fellow who can regularly hit flying clay pigeons with his
AR-15 (admittedly low flying targets, to keep below the edge of the
berm, and shooting downhill as well), which I think might be a good
means of practicing for such a target....

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