Random gun owners often have odd opinions on shooting. Here is one example.

#>Plinker<# Talent does not necessarily translate into any particular knowledge.

Let’s think about this statement. Reworded, it says that a person who can consistently demonstrate a high level of expertise in front of others (i.e., they have talent) somehow doesn’t possess any knowledge on the their particular subject. To use an analogy, the brilliant concert pianist doesn’t necessarily possess “any particular knowledge” of the piano.

Sorry, but I don’t agree with that.

#>Plinker<# Just because someone has the ability to shoot X-targets in X-time in X-format confers no expertise outside that venue.

True, the concert pianist may not know how to play the trumpet. However, this knowledge of the fundamentals are solid. He already has a thorough understanding of musical theory, knows how to read/write music, and would be more knowledgeable of the instrument than some guy on the street. Furthermore, being actively involved in the field of music, he would probably know expert trumpet players and have learned some of their insights.

For all I know Kim Rhode may not be able to hit the broadside of a barn with a pistol, but her insights on the process of shooting would be valuable to any marksman.

#>Plinker<# Likewise, just because someone chooses to compete in a particular organized event means merely that they willing to limit their shooting to a given set of parameters.

This assumes that a competitor can pursue only one discipline and that’s it. Most competitors I know pursue a variety of shooting, much more then the annual deer hunter. They may focus on their personal favorite during season, but they usually attend other types of events, hunt in the fall, etc. That’s just it. The person who bothers himself with competition really likes to shoot, is willing to work at it and, most important of all, knows how to improve.

Besides, what’s wrong with being a specialist? Wouldn’t you prefer a heart specialist operating on you during a triple bypass?

If the “given set of parameters” meet your goals, then you need to talk to that person. The Sporting Clays shooter may “limit” himself to shotguns, but if shotgunning is your goal that’s the guy to talk to. The shooter “limiting” himself to HunterShooter events will know more about field shooting than your average hunter. I don’t go to Sporting Clays ranges to discussHunterShooter events, and I normally don’t talk about scattergunning at HunterShooter events.