Whether you are new to guns or simply new to using a range, many people experience going to the range for the first time. There is likely a wave of emotions that occur as you prepare and once you are there, you are likely to be a little nervous. In any case, the emotions you are experiencing are typically common. Today, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to offer what to expect when you go to the range for the first time to help you feel more comfortable.
Shooting Range Tips for First Timers
1) You are not the only first timer at the shooting range. You will not be the only newbie there. There is a high probability that there will be other beginners at the range. You may or may not interact with these other beginners as you receive your lessons, depending on the range’s setup. Even if you are the only one, you do not have to feel out of place. You are there to hone your own skills and get familiar with your weapon and become a more confident as a gun owner. First time t a shooting range gives you a chance to learn basic gun safety and handling. If you do not ask your questions or do your exercises you will not learn proper safety, handling and skills. Consider taking a beginner class to help increase your comfort.
2) Questions at the gun range. Upon your arrival, you will likely be asked some questions. They will want to know if you have ever shot at our gun range before as well as whether or not you have any firearm experience. They will want to know the make and model of your weapon. They will also more than likely inspect your ammo for safety purposes. They may ask if you brought efficient eye and ear protection, as most indoor ranges require them. If you did not bring any, many ranges offer rentals. Finally, they may ask if you are interested in purchasing ammo and/or targets. If you brought your own, let them know as it is usually fine.
3) Preparing to shoot at the gun range. There are several safety and etiquette tips to follow when you are ready to shoot in your lane. Never hesitate to ask the safety officer questions as you have them, they are hired to help. Be sure to have all of your things organized before you get there so you are more efficient once you are ready to begin shooting. No matter what, be sure to apply for all safety regulations in every aspect.
4) Shooting time at the range. You will be assigned the lane from the safety officer. You will need to hang your target and unpack your g before the shooting begins. The slide on the gun will need to be opened any time your gun is on the bench. You will need to be open as well as have a completely empty cylinder, should you be there to shoot a revolver. Simply load your gun, keep the weapon pointed downrange, and stay in your own lane once you are ready to shoot.