Rifle Support

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The continuing evolution of the computer industry has caused many manufacturers and software developers to diversify into broader fields of integration and support. One such computer services company determined that its interests were best served by applying computer support skills to military problems.

So it happened that the company's finest support technician found himself on the rifle range, with the objective of developing a superior instruction method. The fellow was briefed in the usual way, then handed a rifle, and bullets. He fired several shots at the target.

The report came from the target area that all attempts had failed to find their mark.

The technician looked at his rifle and then at the target again.

"Well," he considered, "I'll get to the bottom of this in no time."

He again looked at rifle and target. Pointing his still loaded rifle at the ground in front of him, he fired.

A cloud of dust kicked up, and a little dimple was left in the dust.

"It's working," he concluded. Whereupon, he called to the others at the target end,

"The rifle is in working order, and the bullet seems to be leaving this end just fine. The trouble must be at your end ..."

-----------------A Final Thought ...

"It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-45), US poet, critic, short-story writer: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (the original modern detective story, 1841)