Whether you are new to guns or simply new to using the shooting range, many people experience going to the range for the first time. There is likely a wave of emotions that occur as you prepare and once you are there, you are likely to be a little nervous.
In any case, the emotions you are experiencing are typically common. Today, our shooting range experts at Triggers and Bows are here to tell you what to expect when you go to the range for the first time to help you feel more comfortable.
1. You’re not the only first timer
We promise, you will not be the only newbie. There is a high probability that there will be other beginners just like you at the range. You may or may not interact with these other beginners as you receive your lessons, depending on the range’s setup.
Even if you are the only one, you don’t have to feel out of place. You are there to hone your own skills and get familiar with your firearm and become more confident. First time at a shooting range gives you a chance to learn basic gun safety and handling. If you don’t ask your questions or do your exercises, you won’t learn.
2. Questions you can expect
Upon your arrival at the range you will likely be asked some questions. Many ranges will want to know if you have ever shot there before as well as whether or not you have any firearm experience.
They will want to know the make and model of your gun if you bring your own. They will also more than likely inspect your ammo for safety purposes. They may ask if you brought efficient eye and ear protection, as most indoor ranges require them. If you didn’t bring any no need to worry as we offer rentals for those safety equipment pieces.
Finally, they may ask you if you are interested in purchasing any ammo and/or targets. As always, if you brought your own, just let them know as it is usually fine.
3. Preparing to shoot
There are several safety and etiquette tips to follow when you are ready to shoot in your lane. Never hesitate to ask the safety officer questions as you have them. After all, that’s what they are there for!
Be sure to have all of your things organized before you get to the range so you are more efficient once you are ready to begin shooting. No matter what, be sure to apply all safety regulations and gun range rules in every aspect.
4. Shooting time
You will be assigned a lane from the safety officer. You will then hang your target and unpack your gun before the shooting begins.
The slide on the gun will need to be opened any time your gun is on the bench. You will need to have an open as well as have a completely empty cylinder, should you be there to shoot a revolver. Simply load your gun, keep the weapon pointed downrange at all times, and stay in your own lane once you are ready to shoot.
With a variety of shooting packages to offer, experience the thrill of hitting that bullseye firsthand with your first visit to our state-of-the-art shooting range close to Brantford, Woodstock, Simcoe, Hamilton and Burlington.