How to travel with a firearm
“Have gun, will travel,” is not as simple as it sounds.
Whether you’re planning to attend a competition, going on a distant hunt, or just want to take along a firearm for your own personal-defense when you travel away from home, you absolutely need to know the rules of how to legally travel with your gun.Read More
Finding the Right Competition for Your Pistol Skills
There are so many opportunities to compete with your pistol. From air pistols to full-power handguns, there is something for every type of pistol shooter in this roundup below.Read More
Try Competitions To Become A More Effective Shooter
There’s a big difference between good and effective.
If you are involved in shooting purely for recreation and the joy of punching holes in paper or tin cans, then being a good shooter is, well, good enough.
If you intend to use your gun for self or home defense, then you need to think about how to become a more effective shooter.Read More
Target Shooters are Friendly and Supportive
As a new shooter, you should have three objectives: Be safe, strive to be better and have fun. Shooting in competitions is a great way to accomplish each of these goals.Read More
Why You Might Like Sporting Clays
If you like to play golf, or even mini-golf, and you like to shoot skeet or trap, you’re going to love sporting clays. Or if you want more of a challenge than shooting at airborne clay targets, you’ll appreciate the change-up when a “rabbit” target zigzags across the field in front of you. Barbara Baird provides a look at sporting clays, commonly referred to as “golf with a shotgun.”Read More
Meet the Shotgun
Let’s take a look at what makes a shotgun a shotgun. If you rely on Hollywood for your information, a shotgun can never miss and is capable of knocking a 1970 Pontiac GTO clear across Hazzard County. In reality, they’re not quite like that, but a shotgun is one very versatile gun. Competition, recreation, hunting and home defense — a shotgun can do it all. Tom McHale provides a look at the types of shotguns and other things you should know.Read More
Jamie Gray, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist — From First Shots to Golden Shots
Competing as an Olympic athlete and earning an Olympic gold medal in London has provided rifle shooter Jamie Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) with unmatched perspective in terms of what the shooting sports has provided her. What began as a way to connect with her older brother, has now turned into a life-long love affair with a game that demands perfection, mental fortitude and the incessant need to educate the masses about a sport limited by its exposure but yet driven by a passionate following. We introduce you to one of the sport’s best in hopes it can help motivate the hesitant or drive the unwilling to learn more about the sport and fire the First Shots toward a lifetime of fun, opportunity and reward. Read More.Read More
Buying Your First Handgun
Have you have made the decision to purchase your first handgun? As Barbara Baird writes, “Maybe you’ve just come from a First Shots pistol course or another class that introduced you to the shooting sports, or maybe this idea has been taking root for a long time? For whatever reason, you’re ready to purchase your first handgun. Even if you know which gun you want to buy, it’s helpful to go through this checklist to see if it truly fits your needs.”Read More
Revolver or Semi-Auto: What’s Right For You?
For this inaugural issue of First Shots News, Tom McHale addresses one of the most persistent, and challenging, decisions for new shooters: revolver or semi-auto? As Tom notes, finding answers these days is easy on the Internet, but, “ask a simple question like ‘should I get a semi-automatic or a revolver’ and you’ll get 4,357 opinions and a few offers for diet plans of the stars.” Here is Tom’s take.Read More