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First Time at Shooting Range? Gun Range Etiquette, Safety Commands, Rules & More

For those that have never gone to the shooting range, it can be a great experience to practice firing your firearm. Honing your skills, applying training tactics, and reaping the physical and mental benefits are also great. But there is some basic etiquette to utilizing the shooting range and we at Shooting Range Industries would like to take the opportunity to touch on them.

Shooting Range Rules & Regulations

1) Follow the four rules of gun safety at all times. It is crucial this is always applied to your activities while participating at the range.
– Treat all guns like they are loaded.
– Never point the muzzle at anything you don’t want destroyed.
– Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target.
– Know what your target is and what is beyond it.
2) Follow the Range Officer’s directions and listen to their every word. They are there to let everyone know when to cease fire and when it is safe to shoot. They keep everyone on the same page to ensure everyone’s safety.
3) During a cease fire, do not touch any firearms. Leave the guns alone until it is safe to shoot again. There may be people changing targets or doing other tasks down range during a cease fire. If you are messing your firearm and it discharges accidentally, you do not want to be responsible for injuring or causing the death of someone. Leave it alone during a cease fire.
4) Do not distract active shooters. When someone is actively shooting, avoid any kind of physical contact or trying to engage them in chit-chat. The only exception is if you see anyone in any immediate danger and you are alerting them to the danger.
5) Don’t shoot firearms that are against the regulations of the range. Know what the limitations are of the range. Don’t assume the range can accommodate your high-powered rifle. Not all are equipped to handle the impact of those types of weapons. Check before you shoot.
6) It is not your place to coach or correct and it is courtesy to not interfere with the shooting techniques of a fellow shooter. The only exception is if someone is pointing a firearm at you or doing something dangerous. Use your best judgment, but unless there is not any danger, do not offer any advice or coaching.
7) Avoid hovering over peoples shoulder. It can be distracting and particularly for someone to have someone directly behind you when they are trying to shoot. If you are observing, keep a respectable distance between yourself and the shooter. Not only can too close be distracting and obnoxious, but it can also be a safety hazard.
8) No matter how tempting, never pickup anyone else’s firearm without asking permission. It is not acceptable. Most gun enthusiasts will happily oblige anyone who shows interest in their firearm. If they decline, be respectful to their property. If they do however, do a safety check before inspecting the firearm further.
9) Only shoot one gun at a time. We know Hollywood made looking dual gun firing look flashy, but at the range you only need to shoot one gun at a time and only keep one gun out on the line at a time.
10) Cleanup after you are done. It is common courtesy and respectful to clean up when you are done. Collect all your brass and everything up you may have around you.

Custom Shooting Ranges for Firearm Practice & Training

Shooting Range Industries offers you the convenience and ability to enjoy a shooting range on your property. Imagine never having to pack up all your gear and drive to a commercial range to shoot. Contact us to learn how we can design and build a custom shooting range to best meet your needs!

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