First time on shooting range. Things to remember.
If you have never been to a shooting range before then it can seem like a pretty intimidating place. You will see lots of other people shooting their rifles, semiautomatics, and pistols with great intensity. But the thing you will notice the most are the loud noises. You may know that guns make loud noises but when you have them constantly going off it can be a little overwhelming. That is why earmuffs are always something you should remember to bring to shooting ranges. Don’t wait until you are at the firing area either. As soon as you step into the shooting range, you should have your earmuffs on to protect your ears from the loud gunfire sounds. It may also be a good idea to go with someone else more experienced at shooting ranges. That way they can assist you with the proper procedures and precautions to take while there. If you don’t have someone like this, then you can take the necessary precautions yourself.
You have to remember that shooting ranges are not play areas. People are using real life firearms that can easily be lethal, which goes for your firearms as well. So when you go to unpack your weapons, only take out one gun at a time. Don’t lay all of your semiautomatics and pistols on a bench, especially if they are loaded. Accidents happen all the time at shooting ranges because of this kind of carelessness. All it would take is one tremor or bump into a weapon and it could go off accidentally. This is why you should only load a weapon with ammunition when you plan to use it. In other words, the one weapon you have out should be the one in your hand that you are going to shoot your target with. When you are not aiming your gun at the target, always have the gun facing downwards toward the ground. Never point a gun at something you don’t intend to shoot. This means no kidding around by pointing your gun at someone for fun. Take everything seriously.
When you have to put your weapon down on the bench, make sure you take the ammunition out of the gun and put the safety catch on. This will add extra protection in case you forget to take the ammo out or if someone else uses the gun without your permission. Finally, try not to let other people distract you. Shooting ranges are not contests, so don’t try to be perceptive of other people watching you. Nobody is going to judge you harshly for missing your target. Nobody can hit a target their first time at a shooting range anyways. It is all about practice.