If you are a member of the right Gun Range for your health and safety then you now that gun safety is the most important thing among the list of the most important things to remember and practice while shooting. Indoor ranges tend to be somewhat more congested, and the chances of a bad accident rise exponentially with every additional rookie or expert that enters to start their shooting. Not to scare the daylights out of you though, the biggest threat to your life and safety out there while shooting is your own self at rifle and pistol ranges.
You might wonder how that is, but it is still true. While something rarely happens thanks to stringent house rules and keen RSOs, if you are not careful you could hurt yourself or others. Here are some things you need to keep in mind to practice your beloved shooting hobby or profession in a safe and healthy way.
Bring your own hearing protection
Indoor ranges can get ridiculously loud because sound proofing is both expensive and flammable. If you know anything about linear programming, you know that all the owner of this range cares about profit so just look out for number one. Invest in electronic ear muffs that have a higher Noise Reduction Rating. Here, the higher, the better and I would recommend that you go with something rated above 30NRR.
The Shooting Range is one place you should be situationally aware of you surrounding, and your gun’s performance or things can go south real fast. Always knowing what is going on and how to react to different situations is the best way to ensure your safety and that of others. From the moment you enter the range, find the exit and figure out how to get to it first. As you shoot, it is a healthy practice to keep count of all round loaded and fired so that you can easily tell when the firearm jams. If someone else is being unsafe, don’t talk to them. Place your gun on the bench and ask for help from your RSO.
Keep calm when learning how to shoot.
Always remember to keep really calm and composed when handling firearms. No sudden moves unless it’s part of the drill in which case you are prepared. It seems as though you cannot be on the alert and calm at the same time but it is totally manageable. You should be polite and observe all shooting etiquette and rules of the house. Mind you are not the only one holding a gun in there.
When you follow these tips, you will find that your fellow shooters will be friendly and helpful to you sharing guns and tips – yeah, well, no guarantees! Just remember why you choose to remain courteous and composed, for your own health and safety. And if you don’t look out for number one, no one will. Gun Range etiquette is quite simple; be safe, be polite and relax but most of all always are safe.