Just like everything else in life, practicing good gun range etiquette isn’t just good manners, it’s good sense! Whether you just bought your first pistol or you’re an experienced shooter who has been a member for years, shooting at the gun range can be a good time as long as the range rules don’t get broken.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories out there about poor shooting range conduct mostly due to lack of education and lack of practice of proper techniques. We’re here to help you avoid being an unsafe and disruptive shooter at the range. Yes, we all know “that person.”
Following and practicing good range etiquette, whether at an indoor or outdoor range, is always the way to go. It only takes one bad apple to reflect poorly on all responsible firearm owners. Here are a few simple rules and courtesies to keep in mind for your next visit to the gun range.
1. Safety first
We know it seems obvious but sometimes even the most experienced shooters get too comfortable in their routines and become lax with gun safety. It’s important to always be a good student and ambassador of the universal firearm safety rules including:
- Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
- Never point a gun at something you are not willing to shoot
- Know your target and what’s beyond
- Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on target
2. Follow range rules
Shooting ranges operate on fairly similar rules, but each individual range will most likely have unique rules. Before visiting our gun range be sure to check out our gun range rules. If you have a specific question always feel free to give us a call before heading over. This could save you some time and grief.
3. Calm and steady
If you are a beginner to shooting, you will undoubtedly experience a lot of new rules, terminology, techniques and procedures. Truth be told, it can be overwhelming. We like to instruct new shooters to always stay calm and slow down. Take the extra time to think about what you are doing at all times.
4. Point forward
When you are on the shooting line, there are going to be shooters on your left and right which is why it is of the utmost importance that your muzzle is always only ever pointed at your target. Take extra care when loading and unloading your firearm. If you ever need more leverage to manipulate the slide, turn your body sideways rather than the gun.
5. Walk the line
Have you ever met a backseat driver that wasn’t frustrating, annoying or dangerous? Didn’t think so. Same goes for backseat shooters. These are the folks that stand too far back from the shooting line. When they do this, their muzzles are actually behind other shooters on either side of them making the others feel uncomfortable and possibly in fear for their safety.
Step right up to that shooting line. Get as close as you can. Don’t you want to be as close to your target as possible anyways?
6. Don’t leave a mess
Once you’re done shooting, be sure to clean up after yourself. Any shells, ammo boxes, or just miscellaneous trash should be picked up. You should always leave your lane in better shape than when you first arrived.
7. One last thing…
Have fun! As long as you follow these simple rules, we guarantee you’re in for a good time. Contact us today to learn more about renting a lane or our gun range memberships available at Triggers and Bows.