Visiting a shooting range for the first time can be intimidating. These tips will help make your first trip to the range a good one.
How to Prepare for Your First Trip to the Range
Going to the shooting range for the first time can be a little intimidating. But every experienced shooter had a first trip to the range. You probably won’t become an expert shooter or learn everything there is to know about guns on your first trip. But before you head out to your local Vegas shooting range, there are a few things you should know.
Know the Rules of Gun Safety
Depending on how familiar you are with firearms, you may or may not know the basics of gun safety. Your range will likely take you through the fundamentals of safety as well, but it doesn’t hurt to read up on your own as well. One of the most important gun safety rules is to treat every gun like it’s loaded. In a similar vein, you will need to watch where the muzzle of the gun is pointed. Most ranges specify that all guns must be pointed down range at all times – this means they are pointing toward the targets and away from you and other people shooting.
You also need to be sure to keep your finger off the trigger of your firearm until you’re ready to shoot. When you’re shooting targets, make sure you know which target is yours and what’s behind it.
These rules are just a basic introduction – the range employee you talk to will be able to explain the safety rules you need to follow in detail.
Be Prepared to Ask Questions
Nobody likes a know-it-all, and at a shooting range, a beginner who thinks they know everything can be downright dangerous. When you’re new to shooting, make sure you ask questions for clarification as needed. You might feel like you’re bothering employees, but like with most things, it’s much easier for them to answer your questions than it is for them to deal with the aftermath of a serious mistake.
Do Your Homework
Many gun range employees are happy to answer your questions about the guns they have available for rental. However, it may be helpful for you to read about the different available guns. You don’t need to become an expert overnight, but a little background knowledge can be useful for your first trip out.
Essentially, because an inexperienced person handling a firearm can be a hazard, many gun range employees are very thorough in helping beginners navigate. But when you prepare yourself with information beforehand, you will be well-equipped to have a great first trip to the shooting range.