6 Necessary Shooting Tips For Beginners

Looking to learn how to shoot a handgun? Here are 6 shooting tips to help you get started!

So you want to learn how to shoot a gun? That is great! Despite what you may see in movies or read in books, shooting accurately and safely actually takes a lot of practice, focus, and technique.

Even someone who claims that they are an experienced shooter can make silly mistakes and may develop habits that can be hard to correct. Being a new shooter, you have a clean slate and are in a great position to learn the basics for shooting a gun safely.

Click here to see these 6 tips!

SIG Sauer MPX NOW SHIPPING!

The SIG Sauer MPX is now shipping to stores near you.

SIG Sauer has announced that their first civilian production MPX is shipping to distributors and will be available in stores within the next two weeks.
This modernized submachine gun platform has been the talk of the town since its introduction at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Originally, SIG Sauer intended to release the 9mm, .40 S&W, and the .357 SIG, but had to break it down into two versions due to technical difficulties. Rather than further delaying the release, SIG announced that the 9mm variants, otherwise known as ‘Version One’, are in full production and will be shipping to distributors on a daily basis. Version two will consist of releasing the .40 S&W as well as the .357 SIG once the infamous feature of changing calibers in the field has been mastered.

SIG MPX-P (pistol), SIG MPX-P-PSB (pistol, with SBX Pistol Stabilizing Brace) and SIG MPX (short-barrel rifle) will be readily available as semi-automatic options for the civilian market. Additional options will be available to military and law enforcement.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Selecting A Handgun: Women’s Perspective

I think it’s a pretty decent video for women who are looking to purchase a handgun. It’s always good to do your research to figure out exactly what you’re looking for. Also, ALWAYS shoot the gun before you purchase it. Most shooting ranges will have rentals that you can use to make sure that the gun you are shooting is comfortable for you.

Is Your Fear of Guns Clouding Your Judgement?

SO many people are absolutely petrified of guns, which in turn eliminates any if not all trace of logic in a gun debate. Anti-gun advocates are so set on trying to find “facts” to fit their agenda but the truth is, they’re only fueling the fire with their own fears.

What is fear? Let’s take the first definition from Dictionary.com.

A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

“Whether the threat is real or imagined”. I like that. What argument do we hear most often as to why people want gun-control? They want it because guns don’t make them ‘feel’ safe. Anti-gun advocates have it in their heads that guns make their world unsafe. There’s that word again! Now let’s look at FACT. Fact is, guns DO make you safe. Millions of people’s lives have been saved BECAUSE OF GUNS. Once again, if you’re in danger, who do you call? Don’t you call the police? And what do you expect them to do? Use their guns to save you.

Just because you are afraid of something doesn’t mean it is dangerous or meant to cause you harm. It also doesn’t mean that it won’t cause you harm just because you’re not afraid. Do you fear you’ll get in a car accident every day when you go to work? Do you fear your slice your hand every time you’re chopping vegetables? Do you fear you’ll drown every time you go to the swimming pool? Truth is, you probably have feared these things before once in your life but think about when. Was it when you first started learning or if you’ve never done it before? Once you learned how to swim, you were/are no longer afraid to drown. Once you learn to drive, it becomes second nature and you’re no longer terrified of dying in an accident. Once you get comfortable chopping vegetables, you no longer have horrific thoughts of chopping off your fingers or stabbing yourself.  Yet, just because you’re not afraid doesn’t mean these things can’t happen to you. Same applies for the opposite, just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean they will. Same applies for guns. People are afraid of guns because they don’t know anything about how to operate them properly or what to do in a situation when they’re around guns.

Why are people afraid of guns? “Because guns were made for one purpose, to kill people”. I hate this response more than anything and it is used as if it were a valid argument. Nothing in this world is made for only one purpose, including guns. Guns were made for protection and hunting. They are associated with murder because people have used them for such purposes, but look at the mass amounts of people who’s lives were saved because someone else had a gun. Just because someone owns a gun, doesn’t mean they’re going to harm you or anyone you love, no matter how bad you fear it.

STOP BASING YOUR GUN CONTROL ARGUMENTS ON YOUR FEARS THAT IT WILL HAPPEN. Emotions do not just turn into fact. You want to make your world a safer place? Educate yourself and your families.

I just wish that anti-gun fanatics would go and shoot a gun before spouting off their liberal non-sense. How many liberals do you think have actually SHOT a gun before? VERY very few, and that shows in the small percentage of liberals that own guns. Look, I get it. I was terrified of guns before I knew how to handle them. I grew up around a grandpa that has a room full of hunting rifles and I was NEVER TO GO IN THAT ROOM. That made me fear them because I was taught from the get-go that they were dangerous. Truth of the matter is, they wouldn’t have gone off just because I walked into the room. That was how I was made to feel. Further proof that feelings should not be a determining factor when it comes to creating laws. FACT IS, guns don’t just “go off”. FACT IS, guns are only dangerous if they are in the hands of a dangerous person. FACT IS, we have a constitutional right to protect ourselves. Whether it be from criminals, attackers, or unlawful government. FACT IS, I don’t want to hear a word about “gun-control” from someone who has never taken 10 seconds to learn gun safety and proper handling. 9 times out of 10, once you educate yourself on how to handle and shoot a firearm, you’ll no longer “feel” afraid. You may feel a little ignorant that all of these so-called “truths” about gun-violence that you advocated so strongly for are false, but at least you won’t feel afraid.

Now tell me, how do you make a valid argument based off of your emotions? You don’t. YOU BASE ARGUMENTS ON FACTS.

Biggest Gun Fails

And this my friends is why you see me mention gun safety in just about every post. Serious accidents could have resulted from each and every one of these videos, assuming they hadn’t already. If you want to shoot or own a gun, great and I encourage you to, BUT (and it’s a BIG but) EDUCATE YOURSELF. Learn about guns, including the proper ways to hold them, load/unload, and fire them. Also, don’t be afraid to start off small and work your way up. Recoil can be a scary thing if you don’t know what to expect. Also, DO NOT just give your gun to a friend/family member/spouse to “try”. It’s not a toy so don’t treat it as such. 

Finally, practice proper grips. If you don’t want to gun to fly out of your hand, smack you in the face, or knock you off your feet, then get a firm grip and know how to hold it. Holding a shotgun down by your hip is not the proper way to shoot. Holding a handgun sideways with one hand or down by your belly button with bent elbows is not the way to hold it. 

Accidents happen because people aren’t willing to learn the right way or their friends don’t know enough themselves to teach proper gun safety. It’s people like this that give RESPONSIBLE gun owners (and yes there is a difference) a very very bad name. 

What do you do to ensure your loved ones are well informed?

NRA Women’s Only First Steps Pistol Course

As I mentioned in my first post, I signed up for a NRA gun safety course called Women’s Only First Steps Pistol. 

Before going to the range to shoot or purchasing a gun, I wanted to make sure that I learned the proper steps to ensure that I use the weapon safely and correctly. After coming to the realization that I had absolutely no idea what to do if ever handed a gun, I immediately started googling. It wasn’t long into my search that I found a women’s only safety course that was taught at a location not too far from me called Virginia Gun Safety.

Registering for the course was easy and took less than 5 minutes. There was also a very detailed description on their website that told me exactly what to expect from the course. The course was to be conducted into 2 parts; classroom time and range time. Since my course has 2 parts, so will my blog post. After all, I’m sure they had a good reason not to shove it all at me at one time so I won’t do that to you. 

 

PART ONE: The Classroom

I left work a couple of hours early yesterday to make sure that even with the horrors known as DC traffic, I could still make it in time for the course. I arrived to the training academy about 30 minutes early and went on inside. I was immediately greeted by a couple of guys who were very friendly and inviting. As I enter the lecture room, I noticed only one other name tag on the table. Turns out not many people take advantage of the weekday courses. I had no issue with this. All this meant to me was that I could get more one on one time if needed. 

After the second girl showed up, we went ahead and started learning the basic rules of gun safety:

1) Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

2) Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

3) Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

(Note that “use” and “shoot” are two different terminologies. Ready to shoot means you are ready to take a shot at your target. Ready to use means that the gun is loaded and will be ready to fire at any time)

 

Next we went into the parts of the gun and how to check if it is unloaded. First of all, NEVER assume a gun is unloaded. Check, double check, and check again. Make sure the magazine is released and the chamber is empty, preferably by locking the slide and checking the barrel. If you are unsure of the terminology I am using, I will be doing a video once I purchase my handgun to show the different parts of the gun. 

Now it was time for our “practical”. Before we entered the next room, we were told to practice safe habits by “letting it fall” if anything was dropped. The other student and myself were a little curious about the reasoning behind this. Your instinct when something falls is to either catch it or pick it up right away. When it comes to guns, that is not the case and can be very dangerous. When we both agreed that we wouldn’t pick anything up if we dropped it, we were able to go to the next room. 

In the practical room, we were taught to pull and lock the slide back, load/unload the magazine, and the correct ways to check if a gun is loaded. This was extremely helpful to me and gave me the opportunity for some hands-on learning before actually having to shoot. In this case, I did not feel that I was being “fed to the wolves”. After practicing this a couple of times and taking some constructive direction, we were then redirected back to the lecture room. 

We then entered the last stretch of the lecture which covered bullets, pistol shooting, and gun maintenance/cleaning. 

All in all, walking away from this class I felt very well educated and ready for the range time the following day. The instructors at Virginia Gun Safety were very conscientious about going at our own pace and answering any questions we had. They took the time to go into depth as to why certain things are done the way they are done. 

I would definitely recommend taking this course, especially as a woman. The only recommendations I would give the NRA for a “women’s only” course is to go a little bit into protecting yourself as a woman. When men get in an altercation, their attacker is usually in front of them whereas a woman’s attacker normally comes from behind. Briefly going into the basics of this may make this course seem a little more specialized for women.

Have you ever taken a women’s only safety course before? If you’re a man, what courses have you taken that you would recommend?

Tomorrow I will be writing about part two, my experience at the range. See you soon!