Why You Must Spend More Time at the Shooting Range
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Gun ownership is on the rise.
More people are jumping at the opportunity to get their own personal armory. If you are thinking about buying a gun online, you should invest time practicing at the firing range before taking to using it for sport or self-protection. Hitting bullseye 50% of the time is good enough if you're just practicing but when it's life or death and it can mean the difference between saving yourself or someone else.
Why is it so important to spend time at the firing range?
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that between 2001 and 2013 over 5.4 million crimes were committed with guns in the United States. And, 45% of those crimes were committed by persons who stole the gun during a previous crime or illegally obtained it from a friend, family member, or illegal dealer. ShotsFired USA reported that 59% of law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event are not prepared to engage with a suspect while armed with their firearms. Statistically speaking, picking up a gun and firing it at a paper target is one thing, but actually firing on an assailant has greater likelihood that you will miss your shot.
When it can pay off
Many people are often under the misguided opinion that guns are for killing, and thus only necessary if you're going to spend a significant amount of time in law enforcement. The truth is that more guns per capita can mean less crimes preemptively, making it worth while to at least visit the firing range on a weekly basis and practicing with what you are using as your concealed carry weapon.
What you should know before going to the firing range
If you're not an experienced shooter, you should do some shooting before going to the range. Getting your mind and body connection aligned is a hack to start feeling comfortable firing a gun. If you haven't been to a firing range in a while, it's a good idea to get familiar with the rules.
You don't want the gun-safety officer having to constantly remind you what's right and wrong. Just take your time and make note of any helpful hints that might pop up on the screen before entering live fire on each line. The officer can help guide you as well if they notice how much experience you have.
What you need to take with you before heading out
When you are at a firing range it is important to have the right attire and equipment. Eye protection, ear plugs, gloves, and a range bag. If you don't have all of these items with you please ask the range master how to proceed. Fortunately, many firing ranges offer rentals or packages if you need to purchase the most important equipment. This also is a plus if you want to try a firearm at the range before going through the process of purchasing a gun online.
The types of guns at the range and what is good for beginners
One of the big reasons why people take up shooting firearms is for self defense purposes. This will always be important - despite how often some people in politics rant and rave about how we don't need guns, crime rates won't go down, they'll only ever improve if human beings are equipped to defend themselves with deadly force. Which means it's never a bad idea to spend more time at the firing range, and know what you're doing and what you can use for personal protection.
Going to the shooting range also serves you well if you intend to obtain your LTC.
As you can tell from the title of this blog, people should spend more time at the firing range so that they can become a better shooter. I want to encourage everyone to take more shooting and provided tips that will be beneficial for improving their skills. Follow these tips and you will soon be striving for your best accuracy on every shot you take.