About Shepard Humphries
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Shepard’s book introduction:
There are only a few foundational elements of extreme long range shooting.
- Good gear
- Aim the barrel in the correct direction
- Keep the barrel aimed in the correct direction as the bullet exits.
Simple, right? Well, yes, the basic elements are simple, but not easy. There are a number of aspects within each element that really take some knowledge and practice to master. We will examine each of these elements.
There are many small horses that must come before many carts in the study of long range shooting. This book will hop, skip and jump from tangent to metaphor to core principle to anecdote. We decided to put the “Shooting Fundamentals” section almost at the end of the book. We suggest that the reader relaxes and simply absorbs the material with a calm and fun attitude.
Many excellent books cover the complex depth of the science of long range shooting, so why did Scott and I decide to take on the monumental task of producing a book? We were not satisfied with any of the books currently available as being appropriate for the person who places a high value on their time, wants “just the facts ma’am” and prefers an easy-going style based on helping readers deeply understand. Many existing books achieve their author’s goal of making the author look brilliant. Three months after putting the book down though, little was memorable.
We suggest that you have some highlighters handy, perhaps your yellow highlight means that you liked a section, the green highlight is a reminder to read again, a pink highlight means either the section was poorly written or that you do not yet understand it. Maybe a red circle means that we are flat-out wrong, and you will be kind enough to let us know.
This book’s first edition is designed for the beginner to intermediate level recreational shooter interested in shooting out to one mile and more. It is not perfect for hunters or hired killers, and is imperfect for experienced PRS competitors or for three mile shooters.
We are shooting instructors, some say among the best in the world. We are not mathematicians, scientists, metallurgy experts, physics brainiacs or gunsmiths. We are not top-level competitive shooters in benchrest, Palma, ELR or PRS. To be a scientist requires different skills and natural abilities than being a high level competitor. The guy that designs basketballs typically does not also serve as an NBA player, team owner, coach and sports physiologist.
If you are looking for new members of your long range competitive shooting team, we are not right for the job. If you want to learn as much as possible from a couple guys that explain things in a respectful and understandable way that share your passion for the sport, we invite you to join us for a few hours in the following pages and revisit these pages as questions pop up as your shooting career continues.
In this book, we will use the RPR 6.5 with 147g Hornady bullets at 2,650 fps as a theme unless stated otherwise. We will introduce you to three fictional friends, Bill, Bob and Randy. We anticipate that you will identify with one more than the other two.
Scott and I both wrote portions of this book, and in many cases you will not know which of us wrote that portion. If it isn’t specified, that means that we generally both agree. As we edited this book, if we found portions we disagreed with each other about, we edited in a clarification as to who wrote that portion. For example, Scott thinks that Vanilla Ice is the greatest songwriter of all time, but Shepard knows it was really John Prine. We have clarified important things like this.
Another book that Shepard wrote and published: