When it comes to fending off a surprised lion and his girlfriends feasting on zebra tartare, the situation requires both enough gun and fast reflexes.
“As the trail took us through the tall grass and around a small hill, suddenly we surprised a large male lion and its two lionesses contentedly feeding upon a recently killed zebra … . In response to our noisy intrusion, the lion bounced to its feet to turn and face us in one quick move. … Our adrenaline pumped with each switch of the lion’s tail. Crouching low, growling deeply, its tail jerking ever more fiercely, the lion charged.
… Cheetah held my rifle in a ready position, his eyes glued to the oncoming lion. Andrew, his mouth wide open, was speechless. … In a single great bounce, the lion was virtually upon us. In the same split second, Cheetah tossed me the gun. I snatched it in midair, jammed it to my shoulder, and managed to get off a quick shot at the lion’s right shoulder, just as it was making its final leap.”—Channing Beebe, Cannibals and Big Game, from the chapter “Too Close.”
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About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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