First time tomorrow

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by maso157, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. maso157

    maso157 New Member

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    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?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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. :)
     

  3. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    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!
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    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.)
     
  5. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    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.
     
  6. rifleman77

    rifleman77 New Member

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    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.
     
  7. maso157

    maso157 New Member

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    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
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    And don't go cheap on the hearing protection. Stay safe, have fun.
     
  9. thefarmboy21

    thefarmboy21 New Member

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    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
     
  10. MTHunter

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    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.
     
  11. maso157

    maso157 New Member

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    Hey thanks everyone. Had a great time at the range. My first couple shots I was a little skittish. Something about shooting inside threw me off. First shot was a ten ring but after that I think I may have been trying to anticipate the recoil. And I was consistently aiming low. But all and all, great time and likely thanks to your advice.

    Oh and we did find a friend who had gone shooting many times before and I'm glad we did. It kept some unsuspected nerves calm
     
  12. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Simple solution for the low shooting, you said yourself you were anticipating the recoil and probably gripping really tight because of that. A tight grip up high is fine but leave the lower fingers a little loose or they'll bring the nose down by lowering the center of grip.
     
  13. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    The average foam plug properly fitted, have a much higher NRR than average over the ear muffs.

    NRR = noise reduction rating.
     
  14. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I hear that from everyone, and maybe it's just my tiny ear openings, but they don't stay in my ears for more than 6 seconds and even with the ones attached to headbands don't go in or block anything.
     
  15. rifleman77

    rifleman77 New Member

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    If you have an outdoor range around you should try it out. I always enjoy sun and fresh air. Indoor ranges are dark smokey and compacted like a cave. I always feel looser outdoors.
     
  16. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Just one thing: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
     
  17. langenc

    langenc New Member

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    Buy once, cry once etc. You only have two eyes and ears.. Take care of em. When you get my age you wont be saying "what?"

    Was working 'sight in days at gun club a few years ago. Coulpe young guys came in w/ no ears. We asked em about it--"oh. we shoot 44s all the time without."