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ALL ABOUT SHOOTING
The Shooting Sports

What’s your shooting passion? Love rifle shooting? Try high-power’s F-class or find a long-range club and ring some steel a mile away. Shotguns? Trap and skeet are for perfectionists, while sporting clays and FITASC add loads of variety. For pistol shooters, you can take aim for the Camp Perry perfection by honing your bull’s-eye skills, or bring on the adrenaline with speed sports. And if you can’t choose just one, head to a 3-Gun or Cowboy Action shoot with all your favorite firearms!

FIREARM SAFETY
Firearm Safety Tips
1
Treat all the firearms as if they are loaded
By treating every firearm as if it is loaded, a habit of safety is developed.
2
Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction
A "safe direction" means that the gun is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it won't cause an injury.
3
Always keep your finger off the trigger
Rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun until you are actually ready to fire.
4
Always know your target and what is beyond
For outdoor shooting, make sure you have an adequate backstop for your bullets to impact. Know what’s beyond that backstop, too, and keep your shots within the safe shooting zone.
New Shooter Tips
1
Get Comfortable
Find the eye and ear protection that feels good and your time spent shooting will be that much more enjoyable.
2
Go Back to School
Firearms instructors are everywhere and they’re passionate about showing you how to have fun, be accurate and be safe.
3
Ask Questions
The only wrong question is the one you don’t ask. Experienced shooters truly love to help others, so don’t pass up the opportunity.
4
Take Your Time
You didn’t learn to drive a car in one day. Be patient with yourself when learning new shooting skills.
5
Join a Range or Shooting Club
In addition to getting a reliable place to practice, you’ll find new friends and lots of help.
HOW TO SAFELY STORE YOUR FIREARM
WHAT STORAGE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
CABLE LOCK
$10-$50
A cable lock can be used on most firearms, allows for quick acess in an emergency and offers security from theft. The cable runs through the barrel or action of a firearm to prevent it from being accidentally fired, requiring either a key or combination to unlock it.
GUN CASE
$10-$150
For those looking to conceal, protect or legally transport a registered firearm, a gun case is an affordable solution available in a variety of materials including plastic, fabric or metal. Be sure to lock it with an external device for added security.
LOCK BOX
$25-$350
With integrated locks, storage boxes provide reliable protection for firearms, and allow gun owners to legally transport them outside of their home. Electronic lock boxes are only accessbile with a code.
GUN SAFE
$200-$2,500
A gun safe protects its contents from the elements and allows owners to safely store multiple firearms in one place. Gun safes of all sizes are now available with biometric options to ensure only certain people have access.
Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe® is a nationwide educational program that promotes the safe storage of firearms in the home. The program raises awareness about firearm safety by distributing gun locks and educational material to gun owners. They are committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S.

They provide resources such as fact sheets, quizzes, checklists, videos and other safety materials. Learn about the importance of firearms safety, and join Project ChildSafe in promoting safe firearm handling and storage education with your community and loved ones.

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Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe® is a nationwide educational program that promotes the safe storage of firearms in the home. The program raises awareness about firearm safety by distributing gun locks and educational material to gun owners. They are committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S.

They provide resources such as fact sheets, quizzes, checklists, videos and other safety materials. Learn about the importance of firearms safety, and join Project ChildSafe in promoting safe firearm handling and storage education with your community and loved ones.

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TYPES OF SHOOTING SPORTS
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Trapshooting Tips
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Handgun Tips
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DOWNLOADABLE TARGETS
All targets are available as PDF documents and print on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I inherited a much-loved and good-quality revolver from my grandfather. It’s chambered for .38 Special. What’s a good ammunition choice for paper target practice?

Your local handgun range and firearms retailers should all stock something called wadcutters or semi-wadcutters in .38 Special. These bullet configurations have been used for decades for target shooting because they produce nice, clean-edged holes in paper targets, which make reading scores for shots that are “on the line” easier. The good news is that wadcutters and semi-wadcutters are among some of the most inexpensive rounds you can find for this caliber—just remember to do a thorough cleaning job after each shooting session with them to prevent lead build-up.

Do I need my own firearm if I go to a range alone?

That depends on the range. You can visit the range finder here to search for a place to shoot. Those range that rent firearms will have that information listed.

Do I need a handgun license or concealed carry license to shoot at a range?

The requirements vary by state. It is best to contact your local range or look at their website to see what the requirements are to shoot at their facility. You can also contact your local police or sheriff’s department to learn more about the firearms ownership and possession regulations in your community and state.

I carry concealed daily. Can I go to the range with my firearm concealed and then practice with it there?

Most ranges require that any firearm being used on the range be brought in unloaded and in a case. For safety reasons, particularly those surrounding various holster arrangements, most ranges will prohibit the use of your firearm from your concealed carry holster while practicing. The exception to this rule would be if you are in a class and concealed carry holster skills are something you are working on, with the instructor’s approval.

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