Have you ever rolled your eyes when you’ve heard the expression: “He’s one of the best shots in the county”? It’s not surprising if you have, after all, the people who spout this absurdity are usually related to/being blackmailed by the alleged superstar, so there’s bound to be some inflation of their reputation. After all if everyone knows someone who is “one of the best shots in the county,” does that mean there are hardly any plain “good shots” out there? The top brass don’t care how good you are – shooting isn’t all about the birds, so does the ‘fact’ that X can take 70 yarders using a .410 really mean anything? They might be dull as dishwater off the peg, or worse, a pretty good shot who struts around in elaborate garb just to get noticed. Anyone who therefore boasts that their pal is the shooting equivalent of James Bond will be asked to prove it. Should said gun not be able to smash 100 clays in a row before the off, for the duration of the shoot day his extoller will be required to stand on the far left peg on every drive wearing a yellow bib bearing a right-facing arrow and the following legend: “Definitely not one of the best shots in the county.”

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