I was particularly interested in the Jan. 31 article misnamed How Russia
Outshoots Us. It was a very informative article but really didn't tell us how
they did outshoot us. They beat us with training and know-how. They beat us at
a match that was termed "something we know about." They used American
pistols and ammunition and did it. I wonder how many of them shot an American
pistol before that meet? Yet they beat us at our specialty and with our
equipment at that. They just knew how to stay cool and shoot. Give a little
credit where credit is due instead of making such silly excuses for our defeat.
It's worse to be a poor loser and make absurd excuses.
that thoroughly irks me is the defeatist attitude that was shown in the
article. Twice in fact. You state that Russia boasts a victory in the Olympics,
and say that they probably will beat us on the theory that "We can't
shoot." That is about as absurd as Wes Santee admitting that he can't run
the mile under four minutes. What American shooters and sportsmen need is some
real American confidence.
It's not the
fancy firearms or special "clothing"; it's merely a matter of
determination, and, remember, the Russians only have two hands and put their
pants on one leg at a time....
GEORGE E. STOCKING
A STATE OF
I have just read your article How Russia Outshoots Us.
I am a little
hazy on one point.
Why can't we
allow our standard of living and willingness to send aid to foreign countries
to speak for our superiority over Russia? Why can't we enter international
sports to win for the love of winning and not to influence the political world
as Russia does?
We and other
countries know that Russian athletes are "pros," so why reach a state
ALLAN B. PACKMAN
WHO KNOWS? WHO'S
In the Jan. 31st issue of SI there was a fine article on How Russia Outshoots
Us. I would like to point out a few facts which you might already know. We have
a similar system as Russia of picking team members for the ISU and Olympic
matches in our Regional tournaments. We do not all adopt the same firing
position because we feel that the human body differs in structure. We do fire
three-position indoors but, as you said, we do very little three-position
shooting outdoors. It is also true, as you stated, that we lack the ranges to
So the Russians
outshot us at the International Shooting Union matches! What should we do? What
can we do? Everyone knows of the Olympics, but how many know that target
shooting is an Olympic event? How many people know that NRA stands for the
National Rifle Association of America, the governing body for the target
shooters in the United States?
people heard about target shooting? The answer to this seems to be that there
is no publicity to amount to anything for the sport. A bullfight in Spain, or a
dog race in Florida can get better write-ups in newspapers than a local shooter
can by firing a new national record. To most people a "free" rifle
match is one in which there is no entry fee.
Bohi Rifle Club