Going to the range to shoot my handgun for the first time
I've gone shooting a lot throughout my life
but always long guns and always on someones property
I've shot a few handguns before but never my own
I guess what im asking is, how do I not make a fool of myself first time at the range
1.Don't sweep anyone with the gun
2.Keep it pointed downrange at all times
3. When a cease fire is called, unload the gun, place it facing towards the range, and step back from the fireing line
4. When the range is cold, and people are setting up targets,
DO NOT APPROACH THE BENCH
This will make you look like an idiot. Even if its just a phone or something you need to grab, don't do it.
5. Have fun, if you see you think something if unsafe, tell the RO or if the situation warrants, call a ceasefire.
Remember the four rules.
Make a checklist of items to bring so you don't have to make a trip back. Most items at the range are critical (ears and eyes, ammo, keys if your firearms are in a locked case).
Take your time and ask an RO if you are ever unsure about something.
It fucking sucks OP
-RO will most likely be a fudd who thinks hes an expert on everything gun related
-RO will constantly invade your space to make sure you're following all of his rules about stance
-Don't fire more than one shot a minute or the RO will invade your ass deeper
-Don't have fun or the RO will think you're horsin' around
-Other people there won't mind their business
-Some ranges have rules about what ammo can be used (muh sparks n fires)
Go back to the woods and never go to a range again
So I have about 300 rounds of various brands of just 115g fmj on hand because I know every gun likes a different flavor of bullet the most so I should try a few out.
Is there anything I should be focusing on other then just groupings, any specific things I should practice?
woods shooting is illegal here
>all ranges are bad
>shooting on private land (or where allowed on public land) is better than a range
Sometimes. Depends on how much you want to bring and how far you want to go. For most people, it's not an option.
>Is there anything I should be focusing on other then just groupings, any specific things I should practice?
Getting the basic muscle memory of handling a firearm is all you should be concerned about for your first trip. Get the form down, then you can worry about grouping. If all goes well, grouping should come naturally.
Anyone have that diagram of a target that shows what each direction of center means you're squeezing early, or anticipating the recoil or whatever?
I'd like to bring a copy of that with me
that makes sense, learn this gun before I try to group with it
focus on your front sight and try to stay relaxed. check for flinching halfway through your trip.
focus on the front sight, even chanting front sight front sight and try to relax to the noise and recoil.
stay safe, have fun
>how do I not make a fool of myself first time at the range
if any of the boxes of ammo you bring read any of the following
promptly throw it away and buy cheaper and better ammo online.
Do idiots really judge you by what ammo you use? All three of those run fine in my gun. I'll agree with you on cheaper, excluding perfecta; I can find that for 8 dollars a box near me, but otherwise who gives a shit?