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Man enjoys his first time at a shooting range

If this is your first time going to a gun range, forget about the butterflies. Most people are a little intimidated the first time they go. After all, it seems like something only experts can do. But the truth is, anyone can learn how to shoot safely and effectively with the help of trainers or instructors. Most shooting ranges have Range Safety Officers on-site to teach you how to use firearms safely and quickly. Today, we show you a few tips on what to expect and how to make the most of your first time at the shooting range.

The Gun Store in Las Vegas is the city’s premier shooting range, and we pride ourselves on safety. All Range Safety Instructors are knowledgeable and happy to answer any firearm questions you may have. For over 40 years, The Gun Store has continued to thrive and provide clients with the best customer service and experience in Las Vegas. 

What To Expect When You Go to a Shooting Range 

When you go to a shooting range for the first time, you can expect to be greeted by a Range Safety Officer (RSO). The RSO will give you a safety briefing and teach you how to use firearms safely. You will then be able to pick which gun to shoot and receive a target. 

Before going to the shooting range, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of firearms. This way, you can make an informed decision about which gun you want to use. Once you choose a firearm, the RSO will show you how to perform a safety check and load it. They will also teach you how to shoot it.

After the safety briefing, you can head to the shooting range and start practicing. Most shooting ranges have targets set up at different distances to practice your aim. Take your time and focus when discharging the firearm. You will miss targets frequently if you begin to rush.

How To Prepare for Your First Time at a Gun Range

First time at shooting range in gun lanes

Since this is your first time going to a shooting range, you probably have no idea what to do beforehand. Follow these suggestions to prepare for your first time at a gun range

  • Make sure you know the rules of the range: Each shooting range will have different rules and regulations, so familiarize yourself with them before you get there.

  • Choose the right firearm: For your first time at the shooting range, you may be unsure which gun to rent or purchase. Just ask a staff member at the shooting range for assistance. They can evaluate your skill level and help you select the right firearm.

  • Dress appropriately: Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothes that allow you to move freely.

  • Ear and eye protection: Most shooting ranges will provide earplugs or earmuffs, but you may want to bring your own for a better fit. And always wear eye protection to guard against flying debris. 

How To Choose the Right Firearm for Your First Trip

When you first visit a shooting range, you may not know which firearms to choose. Beginners should start with something small and easy to operate. You want to get comfortable with the experience and build confidence before moving up to a high-powered weapon. If you plan to bring a firearm, consider renting a gun before you buy one. This way, you can try out different models to see what feels comfortable for you. 

Most shooting ranges have a variety of rental guns available, and there’s staff on duty that you can ask for help. The employees at the shooting range are there to assist you. They will help you select the right gun for your experience level and offer tips on proper handling and safety. 

How To Have Fun and Improve Your Skills

First time at shooting range with targets

For your first time at a shooting range, try to focus on having fun while improving your skills. To make the most of your visit, try practicing a few skills that will help you improve your accuracy and precision. By repeating these skills over and over, you can improve your shooting ability through repetition and muscle memory. 

To get started, plan your drills and focus on two or three items to work on during each visit. For example, you can practice acquiring and reacquiring targets rapidly, acquiring and maintaining a sight picture, sighting multiple targets sequentially, pressing the trigger without changing the sight picture, or reloading rapidly. If you’re a first-time shooter, don’t be afraid to ask for help from the staff at the gun range. They can provide you with guidance and assistance as needed. 

We focus on providing a comfortable indoor shooting experience while maintaining excellent levels of safety. We’re confident you will enjoy your first time at the gun range and have the time of your life. If you’re looking for a fun and safe shooting experience, call us at 702-454-1110 or contact us for more information. Book online and save even more!