"Well it, it takes a lot of practice. It's like anything else, you know. You have to, work at it to accomplish with uh, good eyesight for a starter you know. And practice, and good steady nerves. Course I don't know about the future in it. Ammunition companies and arms companies don't employ them for that kind of work anymore, but, uh, they might come back, who knows," Hammer says.
He also enjoys exhibition shooting. In this case, he throws charcoal briquettes 30 feet in the air and shatters them with a single shot. One of his daughters jokingly told me when she was growing up, several young suitors were hesitant to visit her at home after learning about her father's prowess with a rifle. Dave says his shooting eye may have dimmed a bit, but anyone watching him shoot must marvel at his nerveless concentration on his rock-steady grip.
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