The world of firearms can be a scary place for those who have never held a gun. It is the unfamiliarity and fear that can prove dangerous. That is something we are focused on changing.
Handgun sales are up nearly 40% since this time last year. While I am in complete support of the 2nd Amendment, I do get a little nervous seeing unsafe gun handling at the range. Gun ownership comes with responsibility.
Here are the top 3 mistakes I see at the range:
1. Finger on the trigger. This is a cardinal rule of firearms safety. Generally speaking, the gun can not fire unless the trigger is pulled. Therefore, keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot. After taking a shot, take your finger off the trigger.
2. Flagging. This occurs when you break another cardinal gun safety rule. Always point the firearm in a safe direction. When you get to the range, place your firearm (with action open) on top of the bench, with the muzzle pointing down range. If you have malfunction, need to load/unload, or even have hot brass down your shirt, point the firearm facing down range and address the issue.
Check out this video demonstrating these first two rules:
3. Afraid to ask for help. Every range should have a Ranger Safety Officer on the firing line at all times. They are there to ensure the safety of all shooters and will be happy to help if you need it.
Safety is the key to a long and rewarding future with your new firearm. The best way to learn is by taking a course with a certified firearms instructor. Just because someone was or is in law enforcement or the military, doesn’t qualify them with instructing you on the safe use of your firearm. The investment you make early on will not only make you safer in handling your firearm, it will increase your skill and proficiency as well.
Thinking of purchasing a gun but don’t know where to start? We offer a quick course that helps you navigate what firearm is best for your needs.
Just purchased a firearm and don’t know what to do? We offer a Basic Pistol Course that will help you get on the right track and meets the requirements for the Florida Conceal Carry License.
Want to improve your overall skill and proficiency? We offer individual training sessions in your home or on the range that will improve your skill level quickly.