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Tips For First Timers at the Gun Range

Visiting a gun range for the first time is very exciting, but can also be a little nerve-wracking. Luckily, we have collected a handful of tips to remember while you’re at the gun range. These tips will help keep you and everyone around you safe. Safety is of utmost importance at the firing club. Breaking any of the safety rules can put people at risk and get you kicked out.


When going to the gun range for the first time, it is always good to bring an experienced shooter if you can. Typically, shooters are required to take a fundamentals course before taking their first shots in the range. While the class is beneficial, it is nice to have someone with you that can be watching you at all times.

While some of these tips may seem obvious, we want to remind you of a few important things:

  • Tip #1: Always treat your gun like it’s loaded. Even when you are sure the gun is not loaded, it is important to follow this precaution so you never get careless with a loaded gun.

  • Tip #2: Wear protective gear in the gun range. In order to go to the gun range and fire a gun, you need to have close-toed shoes, safety glasses, and protective ear muffs.

  • Tip #3: Keep your finger off the trigger until your ready to shoot. This rule is a given when doing any activity that involves a weapon but we want to remind you to never hold the gun on or around the trigger.

  • Tip #4: Only point the gun down range. Weather cleaning, loading, examining, etc. the gun, it is important to always point the gun down range. If the gun were to accidentally discharge, you would want it pointing towards the targets.

  • Tip #5: Start out with a smaller sized pistol. It has been said that smaller pistols are easier to shoot and typically more manageable for first-time shooters. However, it is recommended that you use whatever gun you are most comfortable with.

If you’re looking for a gun to take to the shooting range, we have plenty for you to choose from. If you are looking for a gun range, check out our article of the Top Gun Ranges in the United States to plan your trip.

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