posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 08:21 PM
Try to find a class at a range where you can try several different types and calibers of guns. Get a feel for different brands, grips, revolvers,
semi-auto, large caliber small caliber, etc. An NRA certified trainer is also a good idea.
I took a safety class before I got my conceal carry license. I liked it so much I volunteered to teach it. The class I took had a brief history of
firearms, gun powder, and projectiles. Then went into a more detailed examination of the types of guns available today, the pros and cons of each
type. Safety was stressed from the very start, as it should be.
The most important information I can give you is the one thing the instructor said over and over again. Treat every single gun you ever touch like it
is loaded until you prove it isn't. Even if you watch the person holding it examine it and show you its not loaded. When they hand it to you, treat
it like it is loaded until YOU prove it isn't. Maybe you blinked. Maybe the person who just had it is an idiot. Who knows. Who cares. Treat it like
it is loaded until you prove it isn't, and chances are you wont have a problem.
The second most important thing I can tell you is this: never point a gun at anything you do not want to kill. Period.
Its also not a bad idea to talk to the range owner or manager. See if he will work with you in firing guns in different types of settings. My range
will dim the lights for me to simulate night conditions if there are no other people around. Its also not a bad idea to fire a round or two with
hearing protection loosened or removed to get used to the experience. In a dark quiet room firing a gun will have a huge muzzle flash and make a noise
like you wouldn't believe. If you have no idea what to expect it will probably get your full attention and scare you a bit. That is not what you want
to have happen the first time you have to use a gun at home in the middle of the night to protect yourself. You want that surprise to happen on a
range in a controlled environment where no one is shooting back. Do use hearing and eye protection otherwise.
Other than that, find your dominant eye if you have one. Start with the target close and work back from there. Remember that a line of sight extends
beyond your target and the bullet might too. Treat every gun you ever touch with respect and don't ever think it will be funny if.... It wont.