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Whether for training purposes or just for a good time, recreational target ranges are a great way to sharpen the skills of first-time shooters and seasoned firearm experts alike. If you’re a beginner, your first trip to the shooting range may intimidate you. Before you step onto the range for the first time, make sure you're armed with all the right equipment and relevant information for a safe, successful, and enjoyable outing.
Firearms come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and capacities, and each offers a shooting experience different from the rest. Arrive at the range prepared with a general idea of your potential preferences, including different gun types and shooting styles.
Firearm selection is about more than just the cool factor. Important considerations include the size of the grip, the caliber of the firearm, and the amount of recoil your body can manage. Your weapon of choice can make or break your range experience, as a gun that is more comfortable for you to shoot will make for a more enjoyable time.
Before you first handle your gun, it's important to learn a few basics. The rules and regulations of the shooting range not only serve to guide visitor behavior, but they also ensure the safety and protection of all shooters using the range. The rules of each range may differ slightly, but a few non-negotiable safety standards apply in all cases.
Author: Osseo Gun club
May 25, 2021
Though there will likely be an onsite Range Safety Officer ready to answer questions and step in with assistance when needed, a trip to the range is made better with an experienced friend or two. You won't be able to mingle much while shooting, but it's helpful to have a familiar face with which to practice and ensure safe gun operation — and to share the highs and lows with afterward.
There's an important reason that gun ranges offer safety eyewear and ear protection and insist that they be worn at all times. It may seem like overkill to keep your safety gear on even when not shooting, but unprotected exposure to firearm noise can result in hearing loss or damage even with just one discharge of a gun. Because of their importance, ranges typically offer these types of gear onsite.
As well as ear and eye gear, proper attire is crucial for adequate protection. Long pants, long sleeves, and high necklines go a long way to prevent brass burns caused by ejected casing material after a firearm is discharged. For the same reason, never wear open-toed shoes at the range.
Even amidst excitement, feeling nervous or apprehensive about a visit to the shooting range is totally normal. Before your reservation, consider taking a few safety and operation classes to familiarize yourself with firearms and how to use them. During your reservation, Range Safety Officers will likely be present to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. The more questions you ask and the more you prepare yourself ahead of time, the more comfortable you will be at the range, and soon your beginner status will seem less and less obvious.
Ready to try your hand at shooting? Get in touch with one of the firearm specialists at Osseo Gun Club to schedule a beginner's course, reserve time on the range, or choose the right firearm for your ideal first-time shooting experience.