Kind of a waste of clay pigeons, no?

March 28, 2008

It turns out India’s marksmen are threatening to boycott the upcoming Olympics because they have a shortage of ammunition for training. You can read about it in Marksmen fed up with shooting blanks.

I could see where this may be demoralizing. Oh sure, at first it’s great, just pretending to have bullets. “Hey Floyd! Fantastic! You didn’t miss anything! But you need to improve on pointing your fingers, and you have to make more realistic shooting sounds with your mouth…”

But then you start to wonder about how many other athletes are training without proper equipment. Divers with no water in the pool? Fencers with no foils? “I stuck you!” “No you didn’t! That’s just a thumb!”

In the end, it’s sad for good athletes who really want to compete. Just remember, even Deputy Barney Fife got one bullet.


India’s Rajyavardhan S. Rathore competes in the men’s double trap final of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, August 17, 2004. Rathore took silver with a score of 179. REUTERS/Guang Niu

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Guess you never saw “Seven Samurai” or “The Magnificent Seven.” Blog guy must be very, very busy indeed.

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

I certainly did see “The Magnificent Seven” – I remember it because I was irritated that they stole that cigarette music for their soundtrack.

I’m also quite familiar with “Seven Samurai,” which if you know anything about film, you will be aware is a foreign remake of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Clay pigeons across India can breathe a sigh of relief.

Posted by Lady Weasel | Report as abusive

That brings up a question. Do the teams supply their own ammo or is there an Olympic Standard Load?

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