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Sure. Almost never when I'm shooting. Almost always watching another shooter if I'm behind them...easier on the Trap field with the tight chokes or low 7 on the Skeet field and I'm pulling.
I rarely see the cloud if I'm off to the side ie. I'm on Station 1 and the shooter is on Station 5 on the trap field.
Critically important for a coach...then being able to explain WHY they were over, behind, etc.

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It can be seen if conditions are right. The eye and brain are pretty wonderful things and sometimes combine their skills to pick it up. I used to do a lot of long range rifle shooting and this required spotting and scoring for the adjacent shooter. Through the spotting scope the flight of the bullet could easily be seen as a sort of wedge of disturbance in the air and I could tell the score even before the markers returned it even out to 1,000 yards. I must admit my shot cloud spotting was a bit easier when my old eyes were a bit younger. Doing some shooting instructing on a local range helps with knowing just where to focus and just where to stand. Lagopus.....

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I love the game of baseball, played for years, but I never saw any stitches unless I was holding the ball in my hand. I have shot clay targets for decades but I have never seen the "spin". Regardless of my lack of talent, I have enjoyed both games as much as if I could "see" what some others can see. Maybe next year.

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The ability to "see things in slow motion" (Zeitraffer phenomenon) in order to process images more quickly would have a great advantage in shooting sports, and many others like ping pong and hitting a 100 mph fast ball.
https://brainblogger.com/2014/10/09/brain-trickery-seeing-in-slow-motion/

Ted Williams did have remarkable visual acuity, but he admitted he made up the stiches thing
http://richmondoptometry.blogspot.com/2011/01/myths-and-facts-about-ted-williams.html

That is not to say that visual processing can not be improved using various techniques, and MLB players have been at it for > 20 years.

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Zeitraffer-- a term coined by Hans Bosch I believe-- sight tracking phenom-- related to time travel. Her Fuchs


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I can see shot cloud when others shoot and sometimes when I miss but never when I hit a target. To me it looks like smoke. It is easier to see if you don't really try to focus on it, look at the target and learn to understand the "smoke " that is about the size of a basketball is the shot cloud. For me a slightly overcast day was easier for me to learn to see the cloud. Both our trap and skeet field have trees for background so that may help.

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I saw Bigfoot too...

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Originally Posted by HomelessjOe
I saw Bigfoot too...

In the mirror, we presume?


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Doc Drew, I've experienced a very few times the slow motion effect, but when I see a shot cloud, or see the rotation of a clay target, it's not like that. It happens in such a brief microsecond that it's hard to describe. It's over before it registers in my mind that it's happening. Mark II describes what I see as well as anything I've ever heard or read.

I also have watched bullets in flight many, many times. I used to compete in IHMSA pistol competition. We shot at silhouettes up to 200 meters, and utilized a spotter who was watching through a spotting scope. The flight of a centerfire bullet could be clearly seen from about 50 meters all the way to impact, or miss, at 200 meters.


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I live in Utah and during the winter months when there is a light snow in the air you can see the shot cloud like a tunnel. Very neat to watch.


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