I peer down the scope to try to bring my target into focus. It’s a 1-inch-by-1-inch orange box. He hands me the ammo. “This will travel at least 3,000 feet a second,” he says, “so lightning fast.”
Since I’m shooting for the first time, and essentially over the heads of factory workers, I get nervous. “I’m not going to take anybody out on the line, am I?”
Assured that I can do no harm, I lean my cheek close to the scope. Flores tells me to slowly squeeze the AccuTrigger in a continuous motion, rather than jerking it. “You want the shot to go off and scare you. If it startles you, that’s good,” he says. “If it doesn’t, that means you’re anticipating the boom and you’re never going to hit.”
I do as he says, and slowly pull. It startles me, so I guess that’s good.
When I look back in the scope, to see where it hit, I’m embarrassed that I can’t see it. But Flores comes over and points out that I hit at the bottom right-hand corner of that 1-inch box 100 yards away. My next three shots land half an inch to an inch from that first one.
While I’m just relieved not to have done any damage, Flores is pleased. He tells me my 1-inch group was great for a first-time shooter.
Maybe it was. Or maybe he was hoping to line up another customer for the future. After all, even he realizes this current boom can’t last forever.