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01 per­sonal Pro­tec­tion

Eye and ear pro­tec­tion is crit­i­cal when spend­ing any amount of time at the shoot­ing range. Some ranges won’t even al­low you into the area of the fir­ing line with­out wear­ing both forms of pro­tec­tion. We rec­om­mend elec­tronic hear­ing pro­tec­tion if pos­si­ble. It can­cels out loud sounds while al­low­ing you to hear voice com­mands and to con­verse with­out hav­ing to shout. If you plan on shoot­ing in un­con­ven­tional po­si­tions, a set of el­bow and knee pads and even a cush­ioned shoot­ing pad could be good ideas as well.

02 Pre­pare Am­mu­ni­tion

Hav­ing the cor­rect cal­iber am­mu­ni­tion that matches the guns you in­tend to shoot at the range is ob­vi­ous, but also hav­ing a vary­ing se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent types of am­mu­ni­tion in terms of bul­let type and weight is ben­e­fi­cial to have on hand, es­pe­cially when bring­ing a new gun to the range. Dif­fer­ent firearms can be more re­li­able or ac­cu­rate de­pend­ing on which car­tridges they’re fed. Try­ing out a var­ied ar­ray of am­mu­ni­tion by dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers, even if they are of the same grain and bul­let type, can help you zero in on which am­mu­ni­tion is best for your guns.

03 Tools and Main­te­nance

Re­mem­ber Mur­phy’s Law: What­ever can go wrong, will go wrong. Be­ing pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity will help you keep your range day go­ing smoothly. Bring­ing the right tools for your guns and your fa­vorite clean­ing sup­plies will keep your firearms in good work­ing or­der. At min­i­mum, we’d bring a firearm-ded­i­cated mul­ti­tool, a bot­tle of CLP and a bore snake. Don’t let a dirty gun or eas­ily fixed prob­lem end your range day pre­ma­turely.

04 Tar­gets and Accessories

De­pend­ing on where you in­tend to shoot, tar­gets may or may not be avail­able at the range. It’s pru­dent to pack your own tar­gets, tar­get stands, a sta­ple gun with sta­ples to help place pa­per tar­gets, and a marker for mark­ing tar­gets so that they are avail­able for you to use. Some shoot­ers pre­fer to shoot par­tic­u­lar types of pa­per tar­gets while oth­ers en­joy shoot­ing clay pi­geons, steel plates or even bowl­ing pins. Be­fore us­ing your own tar­gets, be sure to check with the range staff that they are al­lowed at the range.

05 Range Op­tics

If you’re shoot­ing at longer ranges or in­tend on ze­ro­ing in your op­tic, you’ll want to bring a qual­ity spot­ting scope as well as a range finder. A spot­ting scope can help you clearly see where your shots land on the tar­get and the range finder will al­low you to prop­erly place your tar­get at the cor­rect ze­ro­ing dis­tance.

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