On Target: Practice Shooting Range Etiquette

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The sport of guns and ammunition continues to flourish, but some things remain the same despite the sport’s history. Etiquette and initial learning is incredibly important – perhaps the most crucial moment to a hobbyist.

Those with experience, highly stress etiquette and the simple yet integral rules of gun safety. Before target training and entering a gun range with experienced people with little tolerance to those who may place them in danger, consider the following information.

Know the 4 Gun Laws

To begin, there are four cardinal rules of gun etiquette.

- Always assume a gun is loaded, meaning approach with great care and caution, not pointing in the direction of people and non-target things
- Never point the gun at anything you do not intend to destroy
- Always be sure of the target (and what is behind it)
- Keep your finger off the trigger until the target is in sight

These are stressed continuously until the notions become automatic, ingrained in a hobbyist’s brain, influencing ongoing behavior.

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