Best Shooting Range Practices and Etiquette for Newbies
Being an inexperienced shooter is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Gun ranges exist solely for the purpose of getting in some extra practice and learning more about the different techniques to improve your aim. At Las Vegas Gun Range, we’re the highest-rated shooting range out of all the Clark County gun ranges available, and we’re dedicated to teaching people how to have a safe, informative, and fun time when they get their hands on a gun. That being said, there are some things all rookies should be familiar with before they sign up for any Las Vegas gun range experience. That’s why we’ve compiled a short guide to get you comfortable with the most important firing range etiquette.
Don’t be scared to ask questions. As a newcomer to the world of guns and shooting in Las Vegas, it’s natural to have some questions. A lot of people make the mistake of not asking questions they have in an attempt to not appear so green, but the fact is, most instructors will appreciate that you are being honest with yourself (and with them!) about your current skill set. Plus, if you don’t understand a direction, it’s best to get clarification about a certain technique instead of plowing forward without an idea of what you’re doing. Remember, while ranges are safe spaces to practice and improve, guns are still guns, not toys.
Follow directions carefully. Beginner shooting ranges are great places for newcomers to walk in with absolutely zero prior experience, and because of that, most ranges are extremely beginner-friendly. This means you can expect all the directions and instructions at the Las Vegas Gun Range to be very clear and straightforward. As in rule #1, it’s perfectly okay – and advisable! – to ask questions if you have them, because the directions you receive are not just to improve your aim and firing time, but they involve being responsible for people’s safety. Not following all directions – whether spoken by the instructor or hanging on a sign – can result in serious injury!
Be respectful of other guests. Whether you’re coming alone, with a friend or relative, or even in a group of people, it’s imperative that all visitors to Las Vegas Gun Range respect the shared space. As beginners, you should be focusing on learning. Competitive attitudes are healthy for more advanced shooters but can encourage risk-taking and dangerous activities among learners. Don’t make fun of other guests and be mindful of your voice and behavior so that the other visitors can focus on their targets without being distracted.
Treat every gun as if it’s loaded. This is a high-priority safety rule that shooters of all skill sets follow, not just the guests at Las Vegas Gun Range. You should never point a gun anywhere but the target or the ground – or, as some people like to say, “never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy.” Even if a gun is unloaded, or even if it is loaded but you know the safety is on, it’s important to ingrain good habits into your memory as early as possible in your training. Handling every gun as if it’s ready to fire will help you form good safety habits.
Try not to get too frustrated with yourself. It’s okay to not hit the target perfectly every single time! Plenty of experienced shooters are still less than perfect. It’s far more important that you’re being safe and aiming at the target – shooting ranges are built so that people can miss the target and not cause any harm. The important thing is to remain level-headed. Whether you’re angry or anxious, don’t rush into a shot – it won’t help your aim.
No matter where you go to shoot, all of these guidelines will ensure a fun and safe experience. That being said, Las Vegas Gun Range in Clark County prides itself on being a welcoming environment for people of all skill sets to come spend an afternoon shooting. If you’re looking for a place in the Clark County area to shoot, come on down to Las Vegas Gun Range. Give us a call. We’re ready when you are!