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Gun Range Tips for Beginners: Follow These Rules of Etiquette

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Beginners at the gun range may need a few tips before picking up a firearm.

Just like rules of the road, there are unspoken rules of etiquette at gun ranges. The National Rifle Association calls gun range etiquette “a blend of common sense, courtesy and safety.”

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Here are some basic tips:

• Stay away from the range, or from any gun for that matter, if you’ve been drinking or using drugs.
• Don’t interrupt someone when they’re in the middle of shooting. Instead, wait to talk until they are reloading or resetting targets. Also, don’t touch another person’s weapon or ammunition.
• Only shoot at range-approved targets and not posts, supports, or target frames. Check with your range to see what targets are accepted. Never shoot at someone else’s target.
• Know the range’s rules about rapid fire, which is often not permitted and can make other shooters nervous. Abide by the rules.
• Respect and listen to the on-duty Range Shooting Officer and ask questions if you have any doubt about what to do.
• If an RSO yells “ceasefire,” immediately remove your ammo, put your gun down (muzzle facing down) and step away from the firing line.
• After a ceasefire, be sure to stay away from your gun until the RSO offers an instruction to resume shooting, either by shouting “hot” or “commence fire.”
• Be mindful of time limits in your lane. If someone is waiting and there’s a 20-minute time limit, pack up and leave when your time is up.
• Pick up after yourself in the shooting bay when you’re finished. That means throwing away spent cases and shells, removing and discarding your targets, and generally straightening the area.
• Wash your face and hands after shooting to remove gunpowder residue and avoid getting it on other people, their property, or food.

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Finally, remember the golden safety rules of the National Rifle Association:

1. Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
3. Do not load the gun until you’re ready to operate it.
4. Know your target and beyond.

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