Brass Binoculars

Recently, my best friend Joe was hunting in Alabama and had the fortune to shoot two deer in 2 seconds. Naturally he called to tell me about it (brag). I won't repeat the story here because frankly, it's not important and I'm not sure how much of it is a big fish story. What I will tell you is that the last two hunting trips he has taken, he came home empty handed. He confessed to me that he has a bad habit of flinching just as he is firing the rifle, which is a common problem that every hunter or marksman must avoid. I suggested to him that he practice the B.R.A.S.S. method which is employed by our US military, and is designed to keep the shooter relaxed and prevent flinching.

B.R.A.S.S. stands for Breathe, Relax, Aim, Slack, and Squeeze. Following these five steps in order will dramatically improve you accuracy when shooting a rifle or hand gun. The steps in detail are:

Breathe

Get in position and acquire your target. You don't need to be dead on yet just have the target in your sights. Now, take a deep breath and let it out, take a second breath and let out half of it and hold the rest. The deep breathing will provide your blood with oxygen which will help steady your hand, clear your vision, and calm your nerves. Holding the last breath will keep you're your aim steady since your chest is not moving.

Relax

This is the hardest part. You will have to do your best to relax and not let yourself get caught up in the excitement that finally, after all a weekend sitting in a tree, freezing, with nothing to do, the moment of truth has arrived. You need to focus on calming yourself and relaxing so your sights don't dance around as much.

Aim

Time to align your sights on your target. Make sure your vision thru the scope is clear and bright with no half-moon shadows on the left, right, top, or bottom. A common mistake at this stage to grip the rifle too tight. Be sure to avoid this because it will cause your arm to quickly tire and start shaking.

Slack

Take up the slack in your trigger pull. This is one of the best reasons for knowing your weapon and firing it often. You have to know when to stop. Use the pad of the tip of your finger, this will prevent the pulling that happens when you use the inside of the first knuckle. Once you have taken the slack out of the trigger pull your ready to fire.

Squeeze

This is it. Do this wrong, and you're going home with nothing. Do it right and your friends at home will be bugging you for back strap. The thing to avoid here is flinching. Flinching will cause you to jerk the rifle and/or close your eyes, and you will miss. When the round goes off you should be just as surprised as that deer. If you anticipate the recoil then you're not squeezing smoothly enough.

These 5 steps to shooting accurately can and should be applied universally. Whether shooting at the range or from a tree stand, with a pistol or rifle, they will improve your ability to be on target. Remember them and practice them and you'll be ready when it counts. They worked for Joe, they work for our military members, and they will work for you.

For the record I believe it was my well thought out, and practical advice that helped Joe bag those deer, and his shiny new Leupold Rifle Scope had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Richard F. DeGray II

http://www.TacticalHuntingAndCamping.com

lemaire fabt paris opera binoculars?

a friend of mine found a pair of Lemaire Fabt Paris opera glasses at a garage sale. well we are tring to find out more inforamation.

here is some info
top to bottom 4 inches
width at top 4 inches
width at bottom 4 and 1/2 inches
when fully extended 4 inches
i believe brass with a black paint on extended pieces
the name(lemaire fabt paris) is writen where you put your eyes

does any one have any information or any ideas on how to get information

I couldn't find information about the specific glasses you bought, but I did find out that your glasses are probably from the early 20th century and if in really good shape may be worth anywhere from 8 to 150 dollars. It is not a really expensive piece, but is still a nice addition to a collection if you collect that sort of thing. If you click on this link: http://antiquecat.davidweatherford.com/cgi-bin/antiquecat/00344.html
you'll find a pair of opera glasses sort of like the ones you have. The sises are different though.
Several people are selling glasses of similar make on e-bay.
If antique roadshow ever comes close to your town take your opera glasses over and they should be able to tell you more of it's history and give you a more exact value. Hope this helps some.




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