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maso157 04-19-2013 04:20 AM

First time tomorrow
Ey it's going to be my first time at the handgun range tomorrow. I'm going to turn nineteen tomorrow so my buddy is taking me out. However neither of us has shot pistol before. We are both well rehearsed in firearms safety though. I'm not too worried about accidents but I will stay vigilant.

Anyways what would be good cheap hearing protection? And is there anything we will probably forget?

MisterMcCool 04-19-2013 04:28 AM

Most indoor ranges will require hearing and eye protection. But if you don't have your own, they will usually rent it to you for a dollar or two. The same goes for targets and ammo. Some even rent guns. But all those cheap rentals add up quick. Don't forget your ID.
Good luck and have a great time. :)

BeyondTheBox 04-19-2013 04:45 AM

Ranges range in prices for rentals and costs. Mine is a 10 fee and they provide all protection and targets.

Just go to Walmart, decent ear protection is no more than 15. Eye less. I don't recommend those plugs type, like ear buds, they're terrible excuse for protection and do nothing for me. Get the over the ear type for sure!

danf_fl 04-19-2013 08:59 AM

Keep the barrel down range as much as possible (even when unloaded).
If you have any questions, stop, unload, put the firearm down, then ask.
(Don't be afraid to ask.)

Donn 04-19-2013 11:41 AM

What Danf said. Also, forget everything you've seen in movies and on TV about handgun shooting. If you're as well versed in safety as you say, you'll be OK. Do anything careless or foolish and you'll become unpopular in a big hurry.

rifleman77 04-19-2013 11:55 AM

Try to keep the slide locked back unless firing. Finger off the trigger. Range etiquette is easy to get used to just takes experience. Focus on your front sight. Try to squeeze don't pull the trigger. If you anticipate the recoil you will throw your shot off.

maso157 04-19-2013 12:00 PM

Thanks everyone! Thanks for all the support and speedy advice. I'll be sure to be careful so I can stay away from being kicked out

winds-of-change 04-19-2013 04:00 PM

And don't go cheap on the hearing protection. Stay safe, have fun.

thefarmboy21 04-19-2013 06:39 PM

My preference for hearing protection is good quality ear plugs and they're CHEAP!!!! I find them the most protective and I wear them everyday. They have the highest NRR ratings (Noise reduction rating) BUT when shooting guns at a range and/or with friends they're not ideal because you can't take them in and off as easy to talk etc... So if you prefer muffs just find some as close to 32-33 as you can, which is what foam ear plugs are when inserted PROPERLY. Which doesn't seem hard but you'd be surprised how many people can't grasp the concept haha

MTHunter 04-19-2013 11:20 PM

Surefire makes some very good earpro. They are earplugs but are comfortable and reduce the noise of anything you are going to shoot down to almost nothing. Also my personal opinion is that earpro depends on whether or not the range is indoor or outdoor. I shoot at an outdoor range so I never use earpro primarily so that I don't get used to earpro then be in a situation where I don't have the luxury of earpo such as hunting or home defense.

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