Like any other interest, shooting – whether for self-defense or sport, or both – has it’s own culture and language. Part of advancing through the different skill levels is learning what’s required and expected on a gun range.
A visit to the gun range, whether for the first time or the hundredth, is not an inexpensive endeavor. Because it uses your valuable time and money, you want to get the most from your experience. Don’t be caught embarrassed simply because “I didn’t know…” Here’s a safe place to learn what’s expected.
The Top Five Indoor Gun Range Etiquette Faux Pas
There are several factors that frame the gun range etiquette. It’s not all about you either. The employees, the techs, and the other participants all have their own reasons for being there. Here are the key ingredients that will go a long way toward a great relationship at your local range.
Improve your indoor range experience:
- Be neat & organized
- Be respectful of property – don’t shoot at the ceiling or the floor
- Use 2 types of hearing protection simultaneously and never forget eye protection
- Regularly safety check your gun
- DO NOT turn sideways with a loaded gun when inside your assigned shooting booth. Keep finger OFF trigger.
- Learn what to do if or when your gun malfunctions
- Learn what to do with dropped ammo and/or empty brass
- Keep conversations down to a minimal – no politics or marriage/divorce – or highly stressful & emotional content
- No personal counsel sessions at the range
- Don’t critique other shooters – Don’t stare – Don’t be rude – Don’t laugh
- Clean up when you leave
And you will be amazed, if not totally surprised, at the number one reason for accidental shootings at the gun range.
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