Indoor firing ranges are a great way for beginners and experts alike to come and test out new weapons in a controlled environment. Not only do many gun ranges offer competitive pricing when compared to the outdoor alternatives, but they also can be visited anytime — rain, hail, or shine. Many even operate at night. However, if you have never gone to an indoor firing range or any gun range for that matter, then it can be quite intimidating the first time. Here is what you can expect from your visit to the gun range and how to handle it.
Choosing Your Weapon And Ammo
Before you actually get into the indoor firing range, you need to choose exactly what you will be shooting. From handguns to rifles and shotguns, there is a lot of choices that you can pick from, and it really comes down to personal preference. If you are new, it could be a good idea to stick with smaller caliber weapons so you get used to the recoil before upgrading. After that, pick how much ammunition you want (most gun ranges will offer varying packages for bullets and targets) and then you are all set to go.
Generally, all indoor firing ranges will give you some sort of safety briefing before you actually enter into the firing range itself. It is very important to listen to exactly what your instructor tells you and follow the rules to the letter because if you don't, you can be immediately ejected with no refund. Gun safety is no joke, and this is not a place to mess around with the weapons you hire. That does not mean you can't have fun, after all the thrill of shooting weapons is enough to put a smile on anyone's face, but doing it safely is key.
After the briefing is done, you might be shown how to actually fire the gun by the instructor and then they will hand it over to you for your first shots. Remember to follow their instructions, as often if you are a beginner they will stay with you to watch you as you do it. Make it count. Those bullets go quicker than you might expect, so savor every minute. You can always order more bullets if you haven't had enough, and many people end up upgrading to a bigger weapon after their first foray.
To learn more, reach out to a local indoor firing range.