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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Target practice, etc.

As with things in life, practice makes perfect when it comes to firearms. Here are a few of my thoughts about target practice, and other things.

If you are a new gun owner (read: new. gun owner; not new gun. owner!) start off by going to the range with an experienced person, one who takes his/her responsibilities as a gun owner & shooter seriously. Go with him/her more than once. And take it a step further-- ask him to come back to your house after you go shooting to clean your guns. Feed him supper in return.

An aside about cleaning. You just spent real money on a mechanical devise that one day could save your life. (Praying you'll never have to use it for that, but.) Keep it clean and in good working order. We clean our weapons after each use. That may be a bit excessive, but we like shiny things.

Commit to going to the range at least once a month. Make it an outing. Bring along a friend or two. An added benefit of this is that you'll shoot eachother's weapons, and learn about other makes & models.

I prefer outdoor ranges over indoor for a number of reasons. My experience has been that for the most part gun handling safety is practiced to a greater degree by folks who frequent outdoor ranges. Indoor ranges are crowded and loud. The one problem with some outdoor ranges is that the lanes somethings are not short enough for handgun use. So check before you go first.

When you're starting out, set realistic goals. You're going to be learning a lot and trying to co-ordinate each individual aspect of shooting. Unless you are a natural born marksman, don't expect to hit the dead on bullseye first time out. Ain't gonna happen. Begin by becoming comfortable with your gun, and by developing perfect safety habits.

REPEAT: Begin by developing perfect safety habits.

At some point, you will achieve those first two goals, comfort and perfect habits. Precision will come with practice.

Remember, too, that in a situation where you need to use your gun, you aren't going to be target shooting. You may be making your way down the staircase into a pitch black living room. You may be walking across a dark parking lot. Practice these scenarios. (O.k., not cool to take out your gun in the parking lot, but you get the point.)

One thing folks do is an unloaded drill. Unload your weapon(s). Put it in the nightstand drawer. Lay down. Now what if you were awakened, and you had to act? Practice what you & your partner would do. Be sure the weapons are unloaded! And be sure you walk down those stairs side-by-side. In real life, you do not want someone with a loaded gun behind you.

We have been collecting the Personal Firearms Defense series of DVDs. I recommend these, but you can probably find other information & videos online.

One final thought. If you are a newbie, your strategy for training & practice should be one step at a time. You'll develop confidence and more importantly, good habits.

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