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Rules of Gun Range Target Practice

Rules of Gun Range Target Practice

A gun range target practice is an outdoor or indoor shooting range designed for firearms practice. It is a specially designed facility meant for practice and is overseen by one or more supervisory personnel called a Range Master or RSO ( Range Safety Officers) in the US or  RCO ( Range Conducting Officer) in the UK. These officers have the sole responsibility of ensuring that all weapons safety rules and target rules are adhered to at all times.

In urban areas with a large population, shooting ranges will be indoor facilities while in less populated areas it will most often be outdoors.

For indoors target practice, the targets are often stationary. Most indoor ranges restrict the use of powerful calibres, rifles or the use of fully automatic weapons.

Outdoor ranges are often required in target practice exceeding 1000 meters. Such training often requires exposure to natural elements such as wind and rain.

We could spend all day talking about gun range target practice. That could be boring. So we are going to concern ourselves in this post with the common safety practices of range target practice. This is because as a new fire arm owner, you would want to practice, and the best environment to do this is in a shooting range. You wouldn’t want to go about shooting all over the neighbourhood. That would be a real nuisance.

Common Basic Safety Practices

  • Some ranges do require that all guns be unloaded, securely encased and / or trigger-locked before entering or leaving the range facility, whether you hold a concealed carry license or not.
  • All shooters are required to wear both eyes and hearing protection (ear muff or ear plugs) at all times when within the defined boundaries of the range. Depending on the range, prescription eyes glasses may serve as eye protection; for those with eyes defect. It should be noted that indoor ranges could be particularly unsafe, due to high lead exposures and magnified noise exposures.
  • You are to follow the rules of the appointed supervisory personnel at all times.

Some ladies often ask which is the better of the two; indoor or outdoor. This is hard to judge. However, I would say this. If you happen to have a family member who is a good shoot or a cop friend ready to train you, you are most likely to be doing it outdoors.

Having personal trainings like this, under natural elements could relax your mind. You are alone, and not clustered with other trainees. On the other hand, the presence of others could ginger you up into performing better.

So, in conclusion, the choice rests with you.