Case: The old dump may be gone, but plinking carries on

AP photo by Todd Richmond / A bullet-riddled sign advising safety first sits on a makeshift shooting range on state land near Portage, Wis., in May 2014.

Here's the deal, my brothers and sisters in camo: We all like shooting, and we all want to be better at it, right?

There is an overabundance of volumes that have been written about shooting and marksmanship dating to the muzzleloader cap-and-ball days, and now we have more videos than you could ever watch and more instructors than you could ever take classes in a lifetime. After a while, you can soon reach overload on shooting technique, which covers everything from stance to sight picture to trigger squeeze to eye dominance to the best way to lay on the ground and fire a rifle.

Among all the vast quagmire of the shooting and firearms world, when you boil it all down to the sticky residue in the bottom of the can - and get past the inflated egos of many supposed firearms gurus - one truth is undeniable and always shines through: We get better at shooting by doing it.