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11 Things to Know if You’re New to Shooting



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Your first trip to the shooting range can be nerve-wracking if you are an inexperienced shooter.

There are a lot of variables that go into shooting. Stance, shooting position, gun weight, finger placement and other factors can drastically effect the accuracy and quality of your shooting.

If you’re new to shooting, it can be overwhelming.

Get to know your gun until you can operate it easily and instinctively. Image via

Get to know your gun until you can operate it easily and instinctively. Image via

Lucky for you, our friends at Gun Carrier have come up with some basic guidelines for shooting novices.


Many shooters will take a very basic and introductory course. Usually a Hunter Safety Course, to get into the field of rifle shooting.  For most of this article, I will focus mostly on the bolt action rifle, because that seems to be the beginning point for most who enter this area of marksmanship.

The fundamentals are best taught by the hard working and intensely caring people that take beginners to the range and get them ready to go into the world with safe gun handling. Because these fundamentals are so critical in person, I will not attempt to cover that. To the professional educators who teach these skills my hat is off to you.

I am going to place the focus of this article on the simple and surprising things that can be done by anyone. Tips to improve the enjoyment of the sport and gain further knowledge of what to do after class and at the range.

Click here for the full article.

I wish I had had this information for my first trip to the range! I can tell you, I would have been much better prepared.

Remember that it’s never too late to learn to shoot, and there’s no shame in not knowing everything when you’re just starting out.

Follow all the range rules to make the new experience safe and enjoyable. Via

Follow all the range rules to make the new experience safe and enjoyable. Via

After all, we’re all learning and any good shooting instructor should help you become the best shooter you can be.

And for those of us who are always eager to learn more, the guys over at Gun Carrier are there to answer all our shooting questions.

Click here to learn more.

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