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Talking about guns and shooting in the 19th century what does the following mean?

I have seen no good shots among them ; and they look on a shot flying as a great performance.

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    Can you supply more context, or the reference to the quote ? A 'good shot' is a person who can shoot well, or it can be an admiration of a single instance of shooting - Oh ! Good shot ! – Nigel J May 26 '18 at 10:04
  • Did you intend the portion after the question mark to be two separate sentences? – Lawrence May 26 '18 at 15:28
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I have seen no good shots among them

None of them are good ie skilled, at shooting

and they look on a shot flying as a great performance.

They regard any shot taken as good, presumably whether it hits the target or not.

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    Any shot 'flying', that is. So those people are even worse shots if even a shot not immediately going into the ground is a spectacle. – loonquawl May 26 '18 at 15:08

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