New Shooter Monday: Take a friend to the range

One of the best ways to reinforce what you’re learning is to teach it to another person. Here are a few, safe ways you can teach someone else who is new to firearms:

Teach them the 4 safety rules:

  1. Always treat a firearm as if it’s loaded.
  2. Keep the firearm pointed in a generally safe direction.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
  4. Know your target and what is beyond, left and right.
  • Show them how to pick up a firearm safely.
  • Show them how to clear a gun (use an empty gun).
  • Explain what a safe direction is.
  • Explain the difference between cover (something you can hide behind that DOES stop bullets) and concealment (something you can hide behind but doesn’t stop bullets)
  • Explain how a gun works/cycles.
  • Take them to a class at your local range.
  • Teach them about range etiquette.

What other knowledge can a new shooter share with others?

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What happened to:
Know your target and what’s behind it?

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4. Know your target and what is beyond.

“Never aim at anything you’re not willing to destroy” says the same as “keep the firearm pointed in a generally safe direction” :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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@Alces_Americanus … your fingers work faster on the keyboard that mine :joy:

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I saw you typing!

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  • Never assume that you know everything.
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You are correct. We apologize for that error but we have corrected it!

Great catch!

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We know you’re just trying to keep us on our toes! :wink:

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Haha! Always. But I don’t think there would be much we can get past you all in the community!

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Explain cease fire, gun cleared, action open, aimed downrange on table/shelf, step away…helps the new folks fit in knowing range commands. Eyes and ears on when acknowledging hot range as well.

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