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Range Day: Make It, Make Sense

A day at the shooting range is more than just fun and firing rounds; it’s a chance to improve your skills, ensure your firearm is in top shape, and maybe learn something new. Whether you’re an experienced shooter or a newbie, good preparation can make your range day both enjoyable and productive. Here’s how to get ready for a successful range day.

Plan Your Goals

Before heading out, it’s important to know what you want to achieve. Are you focusing on accuracy, trying out a new firearm, or practicing self-defense scenarios? Setting clear goals helps you make the most of your time and track your progress. Remember, shooting is a skill that needs regular practice, especially if you’re training for self-defense or hunting. Aim to practice at least twice a month to stay sharp and to help maintain muscle memory.

Goals can vary greatly among shooters. For instance, a competitive shooter might focus on precision and speed drills for an upcoming competition. Whereas someone interested in self-defense might prioritize situational awareness and quick target acquisition under stress of timed drills. If you’re trying out a new firearm, your goal should be to get familiar with its handling and characteristics, so you will know how the firearm performs for the intended use. Whatever your objective is, having a clear plan will maximize your range time's effectiveness.

Check the Range Rules and Regulations

Each range has its own set of rules and safety protocols, so it’s best to familiarize yourself with these before your visit. This includes knowing what types of firearms and ammunition are allowed, the range’s hours of operation, and any specific safety guidelines. If you’re unsure, check the website or contact them directly. The NFAB has clear and rules that you can find on the website.

Understanding these rules is crucial not just for compliance but for the safety of everyone there. Additionally, ranges often have specific protocols for ceasefire periods and range officer commands, which are essential for maintaining a safe shooting environment.

Pack the Essentials

Bringing the right gear can make your range day smoother. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll want to consider for your next range session to make it successful for your training program or plan. Also plan on taking water for hydration, and any range snack you choose in case the visit runs longer than expected especially on an outdoor range. If training with the NFAB we provide some gear like eye protection and ear protection.

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