1. It is believed that the usual estimate attaches to accuracy of pointing at long range an importance which a closer study will show to be unwarranted.
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5. Before we can progress very far towards convincing anyone, a reasonable explanation must be offered to show how it can be possible for the opinion on the value of excellence in pointing at long ranges to be considerably in error. It would be absurd to claim to see truths which had completely escaped the notice of all others. It is not quite so unreasonable, however, to argue that at short ranges where modern gunnery developed, excellence in pointing had a predominating effect and one which was universally appreciated, but that in long-range firing one passes to a set of conditions where excellence in pointing has a materially reduced effect, and that the full meaning of these changes is not instantly appreciated.