While rental and open gun ranges are convenient for shooting practice, and find out what type of firearm you wish to own, they are not necessarily the best environment to learn to shoot the way you have always wanted. Finding a gun club or range that is open exclusively to members is a great way to practice more regularly, gather firearm skills and mingle with experienced shooters. If you are looking for a private experience, here are a few things you need to consider when you are choosing a club:
- Safety on – Good gun clubs promote a safe environment and encourage sporting. Open ranges are vital to a good shooting culture, but since a lot of people get concealed handgun permits and buy firearms, it is only natural that you would look for a safer environment to shoot. If you are on the lookout for a gun range or club, make sure that safety is their biggest priority. To get an idea of their safety enforcement policy go to their website or talk to the instructors.
- Continuing education – Many gun ranges just tend to supervise a few downrange firing rounds and tell you that the training is over. That is not ideal for a beginner or a veteran. If you want to become a better shooter, there are ranges with dedicated training facilities to improve your skill-set with different kinds of firearms, and in a variety of simulated encounters. Look for certified trainers who have firsthand experience. The instructors should prioritize your safety and work with you in helping you become a better shooter.
- Multiple ranges – What kind of guns do you want to practice? Are you interested in competitions? Are you looking for a rifle range? Do you want to train in tactical environments? If you only want to shoot pistols, then it won’t be difficult to find a club, but if you want to have extensive shooting practice, go to a facility that has multiple ranges. Steel and non-steel pistol ranges for tactical training, and rifle ranges are pretty common. Ensure that the range has all the facilities you want before joining. Note down the yardage of each range.