Tips For Newbie Pistol Shooters On The Gun Range
Pistol shooting is an enjoyable and addictive pastime, whether you shoot purely for the personal challenge of improving your aim or take part in competitions. If you’re new to the sport, there are a few things you should bear in mind before you head off to the shooting range. Read on for some helpful newbie pistol shooter tips.
Gun handling safety essentials
The first thing that must be at the forefront of your mind when attending the shooting range is safety. Staff at the range will give you a full safety briefing on your first visit, but meanwhile here are four key rules.
- Always carry your weapon with your finger OFF the trigger.
- Keep your pistol holstered and with the safety in the on position at all times when you are not on the range’s firing line.
- Always regard your pistol as ‘loaded’.
- Concentrate on the target and the area immediately behind it (the ‘backstop’).
Although you don’t want to buy a huge weapon, it’s important for your comfort that you choose something that isn’t too small. The reason for this is that very small pistols have a much more vicious kick than big ones. Something like a medium or large 9mm has a modest kick and is much easier to handle than a tiny.22 or .38.
A knowledgeable range buddy
Aside from the fact that it’s much more fun to go to the gun range with a group or with a friend, it’s also much safer for newbies. An experienced range buddy will be able to give you the benefit of their knowledge of safety and range etiquette so you’re visit will be safer and much more fun too.
Semi-automatic pistol safety
A big mistake made by many newbies with semi-automatic weapons is to place their thumb on the top of the pistol slide. This is the part of the weapon that recoils when fired and can cause a nasty injury if your thumb is in the way when you take your shot. To avoid injury, put your thumbs on top of each other and well away from the slide.
When you go shooting, you must dress suitably for the occasion. For example, don’t wear flip-flops, open-toed sandals or high heels.
Most importantly, never opt for a ‘V’ neck top or shirt. This is because a funnel effect is created when you take your shot, sending the round directly down the front of your top – ouch!
Pistol shooting is great fun and you can maximise your enjoyment as a newbie by following the shooting range tips given above.