In the scope ring and mount testing video, we received inquiries about the ruler we used for scale. Which I guess shouldn’t surprise me since most shooters today do most of their data collection and analysis on a phone.
Back during the dinosaur era, precision rifle shooters used to collect data and write it down in something called “data books”. Additionally, those same shooters would create a sketch of their FFP (final firing position) and work out the data needed from that position. Many times that was drawn on a sheet in a data book.
These days shooters tend to rely on lasers and phone apps to generate what they think they need as they need it. But…here’s the problem.
This makes many modern shooters act like GPS drivers. They don’t actually know the roads and where they are mentally relative to the rest of the world. Conversely, folks who used maps always could see everything relative to everything else. And pretty soon they had a pretty good snap-shot image of the map in their head without needing to refer to the paper any longer.
Looking at a blip on a screen, while helpful in the moment, tends to give folks tunnel vision. This absolutely applies to data and ballistics. Redrawing the map puts the map to memory faster and usually facilities a faster understanding and creation of those “Ah Ha!” moments when the dots connect.
By no means am I against phones and apps. Hell! I literally am the guy who runs this website. I do all the technical backend. Not too many of you more techie than me.
All I am saying is when driving through life, take the time to look out the window and see the sights. You’ll enjoy the trip more. And you might learn something.
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