.44 Magnum – Clint Eastwood’s Choice
Shooting is one of the most popular sports around the world, which is included in many international events such as the Olympic games as well as the common wealth games. This sport has evolved over the years and now incorporates some of the most sophisticated technology to make this sport more accurate, like the .44 Magnum. Judges evaluate a candidates shooting skills on the basis of their proficiency, which includes accuracy and speed. A person accumulating maximum points at the end of a round wins the round. Therefore to provide a fair result accurate measurement is needed.
Enthusiasts divide sport shooting into two categories. The first consists of pistol and rifle shooting. The second consists of shot gun shooting. The pistol and rifle shooting is more popular amongst the two events. International events regularly include it . It is further categorized by whether a rifle or a pistol is used and the distance of the shot. Most sport shooters prefer 10 meter and 20 meter shooting while in competition up to 80 meters shooting also take place. The shooters aim at marked targets. Judges score competitors on the two main parameters of time and accuracy .
Many consider pistol shooting a more challenging event, as it requires greater precision and patience while shooting the target. The sport originated in the west, quickly became a famous sport and many arms manufacturer made special ammunition for the same like the .44 Magnum ammunition.
The Remington .44 Magnum was originally designed for revolvers. Manufacturers then quickly adapted it to rifles and carbines due to high fire power and effectiveness. Due to its high pressure and muzzle velocity, this cartridge had a deep penetrating effect. This made it suitable for shooting targets and hunting purposes. But this high energy round had a serious drawback of producing a very pronounced recoil and muzzle flash, this made it difficult to control, and required concentration and practice to accurately aim consecutive targets.
The .44 Magnum made a nice pair with arms like the colt, Smith and Wesson etc., with which it could hit long range targets with exceptional precision. This round was fairly popular amongst shooters. When Clint Eastwood used the .44 Magnum in his movies it became an instant hit in 1971.
Shotgun shooting, unlike the rifle and pistol shooting, requires the shooter to hit a moving target. In this event, a clay target called the pigeon, is thrown in the air by a trap machine and the shooter has to aim, locate and hit the target before it flies away. Consecutive target hitting make it more difficult and engaging than the steady target shooting.
Shooting, irrespective of whether it is rifle, pistol or shotgun is a game of discipline. Only those who have exceptional concentration and patience levels master it.