The buckshot-level marksmanship skills on display here may be typical, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As the Brits are wont to say (when they aren’t checking their rooftops for surface-to-air missiles), start as you mean to finish. I start newbies shooting at a sheet of white paper nice and close. As they get better the paper gets farther. (Or not.) Later, a silhouette target. Bullseye? Not so much. Still, it’s good to see newbies and God knows there are lots of ’em these days. The NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) reports that NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) background checks surged by 10.5 percent in April. Sturm, Ruger & Co.reported a 49 percent jump in first-quarter sales vs. last year. The march of progress, eh?