Carey McWilliams

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Just finished reading, “Guide Dogs and Guns: America’s First Blind Marksman Fires Back.”

Back in the mid-90s, I had a dormmate, Chris, who was a member of the Missouri State skeet and trap team. If you’re not familiar, it’s simply shooting moving targets with shotguns. Chris was a big gun lover and he and I often would talk about how fun it’d be to get me going on some target practice. We mentally devised several ways of doing this; trying to hone my senses enough to hit a set of windchhimes, or an egg timer, or an old alarm clock. We never actually got off our lazy butts to get out and get the goods, but it was something I’ve been thinking about for years.

You may have read of my interest in hunting on past blog posts. I love animals and really have no desire to go out and kill one, but I DO have a desire to do someething that, even now, I think would be really difficult.

So, imagine my surprise when I came across the title of “Guide Dogs and Guns!” I downloaded the audio version and, thanks to lots of cross country flights this past week, finished it in one day.

Carey McWilliams is a blind guy out of North Dakota who is around my age. He and I have similar philosophies on life, guide dogs, blindness and now, guns. His book is a great read and gives all his typical techniques for marksmanship. Really, his M.O. isn’t all that different from what Chris and I dreamed up over a decade ago. Difference is, Carey actually did it.

Either way, here’s his web site. Check out some of the video clips and expectto be impressed!

And thanks, Carey, for lighting a fire under me and giving me something new to accomplish!

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