Advise for going to the range for the first time?

Advise for going to the range for the first time?

I don’t even know how it works tbh and I rather not make myself look like a dumbass.

  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    No steel cased ammo, no green tip rifle rounds, bring your own hearing protection.

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    dude just tell the people there you’re new and ask for a quick rundown on what to do. Not everyone is a fucking asshole like on the internet and they have an monetary interest in being friendly so you return.

    But bring your own hearing/eye protection

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      When I moved I went to a new indoor range nearby and they made first time guests watch a video. I of course forgot how to use the target system as soon as I got in the lane and just asked the guy. No biggie. Just let them know nobody touches your guns but you.

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Call up the range beforehand and just ask them what they require for you to use their facility. It's that simple.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      many ranges have a website now, you can just look it all up online.

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    beware the walrus

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Bring a 308 with a muzzle brake and start shooting 25 yards on paper.

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Everyone will know you are a padawan, just be cool bro

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The usual safety stuff (booger hook off bang switch, don't point your gun at stuff you don't want to shoot, etc.) times ten--pause and think before each action and make sure you're not about do something stupid. In new environments it can be easy to slip up without thinking.
    Consider going on a weekday if you can. Tends to be quieter, fewer people, less stressful all around. And the people who are there generally are the serious shooters. They might be fudds or tacticool types, or genuine experts, but at least there's a better chance they're not total amateurs that'll flag you without thinking.
    Also make sure to tip the range jester handsomely your first time. You want to build a friendly relationship from the start to avoid his more cutting jokes or satires of your shooting stance.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Should we tell him about the range trap's....er... "menu" I think they call it?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        The trap only gives handies to newfags so it shouldn't matter

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    If the RO comes up to you and tells you what you're doing is wrong, hold him at gunpoint and fuck his ass to assert dominance, just say no homo immediately during and after.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Learn how to spell in English. It's 'advice' in this context.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >walk in
    >if someone doesn't immediately address you, just walk around and try to "get a feel" for the place to get yourself comfortable
    >once you get a hold of an employee tell them you'd like to rent one of their guns
    >grab whichever gun you think looks cool (yes, all self defense guns are different, but for a day at the range it really won't matter)
    >he'll probably make you watch some video about basic firearm safety. pay attention
    >before giving you the gun, he'll give you a quick rundown as to how it works. PAY ATTENTION AND ASK QUESTIONS
    >he'll give you the gun in the case, a box of ammo, a set of ear protection, eye protection, and your paper target
    >put on the ear protection then grab everything and walk to the range, if there's two doors make sure you close the first door before opening the second one
    >set up at the range bay
    >loading magazines is surprisingly harder than it looks like especially if you have soft frail hands so have fun loading the magazine and try not to cut yourself. do the one round rule: just load one round into the magazine and shoot it just to get a feel for the gun, then you can load the magazine fully
    >shoot until you run out of bullets or balls, whichever comes first
    >whatever you do DO NOT POINT THE GUN AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE END OF THE RANGE, especially if there's an employee watching over you
    >put the gun back in it's case and bring everything back to the counter
    >go back to your car and check your hands for any small cuts
    Just remember, aside from the fact that the customer is always right, this is more than a hobby, it's an ideology, belief system, faith, whatever the fuck. Most employees WANT more people to own guns. They won't turn you away unless you actively try to make them dislike you. Don't believe all the LGS boogeyman stories on PrepHole, those kinds of employees are mostly in Sportsman's Warehouse and Bass Pro anyway

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      One last thing, if you've never shot a gun before, I urge you to watch tutorials on youtube. Just look up "how to shoot a handgun", shouldn't last longer than five minutes

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      This.
      Also OP make sure you ask questions, all the RSOs I’ve met are really friendly and will be glad to help you. Not to just regurgitate what Anon said, but the #1 golden rule is NEVER POINT A GUN AT SOMETHING YOURE NOT READY TO SHOOT, EVEN IF YOU KNOW THE GUN IS EMPTY
      Other than that have fun, and tell us how you did! :^)

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Be wary of the brass garden gnome, he's crafty. Shoot steel case ammo to cause him physical and mental anguish.

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    i go to that range in pic. most comfy indoor range in san diego.

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