Every month thousands of people head to shooting ranges to experience the feeling of firing a gun. The reasons for visiting shooting ranges may vary; some visits to learn how to use a weapon for self-defense and some people visits just for the fun. Whatever may be the reason, the shooting range is the ideal training because it is extremely safe and everything is done under strict supervision. If this is your first visit, the idea of firing a gun will surely excite you. Before your first shooting range experience you should know the following things:
Kinds of shooting ranges
There are two kinds of shooting ranges; indoor shooting ranges and outdoor shooting ranges. The indoor ones are normally used for firing at fixed targets. For a first timer, indoor ranges are ideal. All kinds of weapons are not allowed indoors. Because it is closed on all sides, you may have to wear an earmuff to protect your ears.
Outdoor ranges, on the other hand, offers you a much better shooting experience and is mainly for experts. You can shoot objects at long distances, and it is also possible to fire at moving objects like a false pigeon.
The staffs at the shooting range always like first timers. It is always great to see someone deciding to hone up their shooting skills. Hence, do not try to hide the fact that you are inexperienced and know almost nothing about guns. They will concentrate more on you and will make your safety their priority.
Before visiting any shooting range, you can talk with your friends or relatives who has visited before. Ask them everything about the equipment you need to carry and the safety precautions you should take.
Buy range bag
It is better if you bring all your equipment in a sturdy, durable bag. For the first time visit, just a small bag will be enough. The brand doesn’t matter much, just make sure that the bag is strong enough and can bear the weight of all your equipment.
Know rules and regulations
You should be aware of all the rules and regulations of shooting ranges. The age limit is 21; however for some kinds of guns, they also allow people below 21. Make sure that the gun is only loaded during shooting; don’t forget to unload it. Also, make sure that you are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.