Showing up to a shooting range for the first time can be intimidating. Even the most experienced shooters had to start somewhere. Practicing your shooting skills is the key to improvement. Here we’ve compiled some beginner tips to help you feel more confident at the shooting range.

Familiarize yourself with safety precautions 

Before you even pick up a gun, you should have a solid understanding of firearm safety. Taking beginner classes will introduce you to safety precautions, gun ownership responsibilities, and best shooting practices. Doing so will help you become a more confident shooter, while keeping yourself and others safe. 

Here are some things you should always keep in mind when handling a firearm: 

  • Always act as if your gun is loaded
  • Never keep your hand on the trigger
  • Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction; never towards anyone or anything 

Always work on your technique 

Consistent practice is critical to building confidence as a new shooter. Working on your technique allows you to focus on the principles of marksmanship. 

Concentrating on basic marksmanship principles such as stance, sight alignment, and grip can refine your technique and shooting accuracy. Make adjustments as needed to improve your performance. 

Ensure you’re using the right firearm

As a novice shooter, you must use the right firearm. Instead of being impressed by large guns with cooler specifications, you should select one that feels comfortable. You want to consider the grip and recoil when making your purchase. 

Seek expert advice from any staff member at Leo’s Guns and Range. They will be able to recommend which guns might be suitable for you. You can also rent different makes and models at the range to find what you’re most comfortable with. 

Stay relaxed

You want to remain calm but focused when you practice using a gun. If you’re feeling tense and anxious, it could negatively impact your shooting accuracy. 

Take some deep breaths before firing to calm your nerves and steady your aim. This simple technique can help you concentrate better on each shot. Practicing composure will enhance your precision and overall performance.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the range 

It’s important not to feel discouraged at the shooting range. Whether you need advice on improving your aim, reducing blowback, or have questions about technique or form, we’re here to help. At Leo’s Guns and Range, our knowledgeable range officers are always available to provide guidance and answer questions. 

Our expertise is at your disposal. We want to help build your confidence as a beginner and provide a safe space to do so. Visit Leo’s Guns and Range in Loves Park, IL to practice at our massive indoor range. For more information and to book your range time, call us at 779-210-7227