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Dick Jones

Dick Jones is an award winning freelance writer living in High Point, North Carolina. He’s an NRA Certified Instructor, a Distinguished Rifleman, former High Master, and teaches shotgun, rifle, and pistol as well as the North Carolina Concealed Carry Certification and Hunter Safety at Lewis Creek Shooting School. He can be reached at offtheporch52@yahoo.com or on his Lewis Creek Shooting School facebook page.
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Southern Woods, Georgia Birds and Hospitality

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 20, 2014 6:01:17 PM

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On Point: Chief and Sugar on point, with Kicker poised for the flush.

We were heading into the morning sun across a wire grass and scrub oak-covered knoll to pick up a long shot I’d just made. Spot, an English pointer, locked up and Joker backed. I assumed he was pointing my downed bird. The flushing cocker bounced in for the retrieve when the guide called, “dead bird,” and a single quail got up, flying strong and definitely not a dead bird. My wife, Cherie, was on the right side and downed the bird about 20 yards out. As the cocker headed out on the retrieve, another single popped out and I took the shot while Cherie was reloading. I broke my gun down and when one of the pointers moved forward, still another bird bounced out of the knee-high scrub oak, just as Cherie closed her gun. This one was hers, and she dropped the little bobwhite rooster in the wire grass. Incredibly, as she was reloading, another bird flushed and we eventually got six birds out of the spot within a few yards of where we eventually found my original dead bird. You can never predict how it’ll go on a Georgia quail hunt.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

Trigger Control: Accepting the Wobble

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 15, 2014 8:09:31 AM

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Last week, I was at a writer’s conference and it was shooting day. I was on the range with a good friend and outdoor writer who’s also a really good shooter, we’ll call him Glen. He was shooting a 1911 compact with a Crimson Trace laser and having a bit of trouble. I was standing off the line and watching the bright green laser point on his target ten feet away. The laser beam would rattle around in the center of the target for a second or two and then plunge a few inches down and left as the gun went off. 

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Chris Cerino's 7 Gun Tips to Become a Better Shooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Nov 19, 2014 1:39:11 PM

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I met Chris Cerino at the 2011 Bianchi Cup, just after the first season of the History Channel’s Top Shot TV series and as he was just starting his training company, Chris Cerino Training Group. He had an infectious, positive attitude and was a great shooter as well. Later, I took his four day Diagnostic Pistol Instructor Course and learned more about pistol shooting than I’d acquired in the previous 30 years of shooting and teaching people to shoot. Cerino has an analytical approach to training shooters. He’s thought out the issues that prevent good performance and has a way of presenting them that’s both revealing and helpful.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

It's About the Fundamentals, in Gun Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Nov 14, 2014 1:19:26 PM

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I recently received a letter from a reader on the subject of long-range shooting and ballistics. I’d recently done a blog entry on zeroing rifles, and the reader advised me of some factors I failed to mention in the story. It was apparent he was much better informed about the science of ballistics than I, and I appreciated both his knowledge and his concern. Reading the email, and my subsequent response put me to thinking about something that can have a positive effect on the success of a shooter, whether for personal defense or as a hunter or competitor. Simply put, there is no substitute for mastery of the fundamentals.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Getting Old and Still Seeing the Sights

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 16, 2014 11:23:00 AM

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Some think that life during your youth is better than it is once you gain maturity. I am not one of them. I’ve enjoyed life much more now that I have a few miles on my odometer and chips in my paint. I may not be as strong or as fast now, but I’m smarter and I know how to live. There is a down side to having some vintage on your label, though, and it relates to vision. It happens to all of us provided we live long enough. Our eyes age and the fluid in them gets a little cloudy, the muscles that shape the eye to focus get a little weaker, and the iris, the aperture that adjusts for optimum vision in different lighting conditions gets lazy.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Gun Practice? Or Plinking?

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 6, 2014 11:12:00 AM

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Practice or Plinking? To get real benefit, gun practice must be structured.

In almost every sport, there are those who seem to work hard and yet they never seem to get real results. When I was a younger man, I loved riding dirt bikes. It was challenging, I liked the mechanical aspect of tuning and maintaining my bike, and I enjoyed the company of the other guys who were into riding dirt. I had a very good motorcycle, excellent equipment, and I rode quite a lot, but I never was better than a mediocre rider.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

9 Tips For A Better Dove Hunting Season

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 4, 2014 10:45:00 AM

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My favorite way to kick off the hunting season is a dove hunt. My very first wingshooting experience was a dove hunt with a 16 gauge single barrel and a tobacco field. I think I managed to put three doves on the ground with two boxes of shotgun shells. At the end of the afternoon, I had a sore shoulder and a love for the fast flying birds that fly so hard they squeak.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

Convergence: Why Your Zero is Only Correct at Two Distances

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 12, 2014 4:12:00 PM

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It’s a common misconception that once a bullet leaves the muzzle of a gun, it rises. When I was a young man I simply couldn’t understand what forces of nature caused this phenomenon to occur, yet the photos in the books always showed the bullet rising up above the line of sight when the parabolic curve of a bullet’s trajectory was illustrated.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Clay Shooting Tips: The Straight Away Target - Easy to Hit and Easy to Miss

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 9, 2014 11:21:00 AM

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We were at the old Tarheel Gun Club, and I was sitting on the porch with Jason, a unique individual and the clay shooting club keeper, who always wore blue denim bib overalls. I was talking about the relative difficulty of the different targets in skeet shooting. The toughest targets for me were stations three, four, and five. All these are crossing targets, one each from the right and left. At that time, I didn’t really have a good handle on shooting crossers and it seemed these targets always kept me from shooting 25 out of 25. “Well,” I bragged, “at least I don’t have trouble with low house, station seven.”

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Topics: Clay Shooting, New Shooters

No Substitute for Focus in Gun Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 21, 2014 9:10:00 AM

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I have a close friend who’s a pretty good clay shooter, but his shooting suffers because of his willingness to pitch in to the gun club. He’s a co-chairman for the shotgun program, so most of his Sunday visits to the club’s five stand involve more administration than pulling the trigger. A couple of Sundays past, he signed up to shoot two rounds of five stand after the busiest part of the afternoon. He shot a perfect 25 on the first round, not the first 25 he’s shot, but a good score for anyone. On the second round, he went to the last station without a single miss.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting