Visiting our gun range at ProShots is a fun way to practice firearm shooting, improve your skills, and have a good time! At the same time, you have to practice certain gun range etiquette to make sure you have a good experience, and so do the other people around you. Here are some of the top gun range etiquette guidelines we ask that you follow at the next visit to our range:
1. Follow basic gun safety rules—Certain gun safety rules are always appropriate, no matter if you’re at our range or somewhere else. These include pointing the gun in a safe direction, keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot, and always keeping the gun unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
2. Get to know our basic range commands—Make sure you know and follow basic range commands, like “commence firing” and “ceasefire.” Every range may use different ones, so if you aren’t sure about a certain command, ask the Range Safety Officer.
3. Do not fire at supports, target frames, or posts—Unless by accident, do not shoot these features. Try to only shoot at the targets in front of you.
4. Leave the range better than you found it—Cleaning up your fire station after you’re done, picking up trash, and obeying all our range rules are not only parts of good gun range etiquette, but they also demonstrate good manners.
5. Take extra care when loading or unloading—As you unload or load your gun on the shooting line, be aware that there will most likely be other shooters next to you. For this reason, never point the gun’s muzzle to the direct right or left.
6. Never bring a loaded gun—Never bring your gun to the range pre-loaded! This means that from the car to the shooting line, your gun should remain in an empty state.
7. Don’t be a backseat shooter—No one likes a backseat driver, and the same goes for a backseat shooter. Unless someone asks, keep tips and technique corrections to yourself.
8. Take it slow—If you are a beginning shooter, there are a lot of new rules, terminology, and techniques you have to process. Don’t be afraid to slow down and really think about what you’re doing and remember that safety is always the priority.
9. Listen to the Range Safety Officer—The Range Safety Officer is there for everyone’s safety, so make sure you follow their commands and pay attention to what they tell you.