One trip to the range can be all it takes to create a new recreational shooter. With your help, we can recruit the next generation of target shooters and secure a strong future for one of the greatest American traditions. Join the +ONE Movement and invite a friend on your next trip to the range. Share your passion in posts on social media with #PlusOneMovement and #LetsGoShooting.
Always Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Safe Direction:
Simply put: Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot—even when dry firing.
Keep Firearms Unloaded When Not in Use:
Never load a gun until you are ready to shoot. When not in use, store firearms and ammo separately.
Don’t Rely on a Gun’s Safety:
Treat every gun as though it can fire at any time. Safeties are mechanical devices that can become inoperable without your knowing.
Be Sure of Your Target and What’s Beyond It:
No target is so important that you can’t take the time before pulling the trigger to be certain of where your shot will stop.
Use the Correct Ammunition:
Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. Always double-check your ammo.
If the Gun Fails to Fire, Handle with Care:
If nothing happens when you pull the trigger, keep the muzzle pointed downrange, unload the gun, and dispose of the faulty cartridge.
Always Wear Eye and Ear Protection:
Exposure to a firearm’s report can damage hearing; adequate vision protection is essential at all times while shooting.
Be Sure the Barrel is Clear of Obstructions:
Before loading a firearm, open the action, check that there’s no ammo in the chamber or magazine, and make sure the barrel is clear.
Don’t Alter or Modify a Gun, and Service Regularly:
Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous. Also, follow the manufacturer’s service recommendations.
Learn the Mechanical and Handling Characteristics of the Gun:
Every firearm is different. Never handle a gun without first familiarizing yourself with it and the way it works.
Whether inviting someone to join you at the range or enlisting a shooting mentor, it all starts with conversation
As a photographer working in the firearms industry, I’m constantly looking for people to model for photo shoots, and more times than not I need those models to actually shoot the firearms, not simply pose with them.
Sometimes I’m dealing with new or first-time shooters, and the first thing I ask is, “are you afraid of guns?” In all the time that I’ve been doing this, no one has ever expressed a fear in shooting. In fact, every person has been ecstatic about the opportunity.
Are you thinking about asking a friend, relative, or colleague to go shooting with you? Are you new to shooting and trying to figure out the best way to ask a friend who shoots to take you along? Read on for some pointers on making the ask.
Asking Someone To The Range
None of this needs to be over complicated, but it’s important to keep in mind that we’re living in a time when we need to be cognizant of peoples’ feelings toward firearms and the shooting sports. That doesn’t mean that we can’t publicly talk about this activity that we love, or need to walk on eggshells when discussing it. After all, people who know us through work, or school, or any other setting probably already know about our preferred activities, including shooting. Getting someone to the range is simply a matter of good conversation. Good conversation starts with listening, not talking. As we get to know the people around us through active listening, we pick up on cues that can tell us where they stand on any number of subjects. Open dialogue, then, can open the door to a casual invitation to the range.
What about people who are on the fence about guns? In my opinion, these individuals can ultimately be influential in getting others involved. First, since they don’t harbor an outright opposition to firearms, they should be fairly open to a trip to the range. Then, if their range experience is good, others who are on the fence, or perhaps slightly on the anti-gun side of the aisle, will take notice.
Just remember to never force the subject—it’s not worth arguing over. We want people to want to go shooting, and patience pays dividends.
Asking Someone To Take You To The Range
If you’re interested in shooting but aren’t sure where to start, getting someone to take you to the range shouldn’t be difficult. Firearms enthusiasts are some of the nicest, most polite, and most respectful individuals I’ve ever met. Most will be more than happy to have you join them at the range. You simply need to mention to a shooter your desire to learn about shooting, and I’m confident the ball will roll from there.
Whichever side you’re on—mentor or mentee—remember to be respectful of others, and keep in mind that open-mindedness and communication are two of the most worthwhile tools we have to help grow the shooting sports.
About the Author: Sean Utley is an accomplished writer and photographer covering firearms and the shooting sports. His work regularly appears on the covers and within the pages of the nation’s top firearms-related publications. Sean is an avid shooter with a penchant for long-range shooting and precision rifles.
10 Commandments of Firearm Safety:
Bring a copy with you, and review even before the gun is uncased.
Eye & Ear Protection:
Safety first. Plus, eye and ear protection make great welcoming gifts to the shooting sports.
Punching paper’s fine, but spinners, gongs, and chalk disks are a lot more fun.
This may be a no-brainer, but always bring more than you think you’ll need.
Be encouraging, be patient, and above all, make the experience fun.
Thank you for your interest in helping NSSF make 2019 “the year of the +ONE Movement” and growing participation in hunting and the shooting sports like never before. This year, we’re asking you to help us challenge every hunter and target shooter in America to take someone new. Imagine if everyone did this: we’d double participation in a year! Or even if just 1 in 3 did it. The impact can be huge. We just need your help in challenging everyone out there to take part. Together, by amplifying this simple message to the masses, we can make a difference. We’ve assembled a Toolkit that includes an activation guide, logos, images and more to help you get the word out. Questions? Contact email@example.com.