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:
- Always treat a firearm as if it’s loaded.
- Keep the firearm pointed in a generally safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
- 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?
What happened to:
Know your target and what’s behind it?
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”
@Alces_Americanus … your fingers work faster on the keyboard that mine
You are correct. We apologize for that error but we have corrected it!
We know you’re just trying to keep us on our toes!
Haha! Always. But I don’t think there would be much we can get past you all in the community!
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.