Top Four Items You Need at the Range: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Team Springfield

Jul 25, 2014 4:28:00 PM

Even people experienced with shooting handguns can benefit from regular practice at a range, and for beginners, practice becomes even more critical. People who are already comfortable with handguns will hone their skills while discovering new and better techniques at the range, and those new to handguns will learn the best ways to manipulate and control their firearms. Heading to the range regularly can help any handgun owner become more familiar with the fundamentals of excellent marksmanship. But what should you bring?

Ear Protection

Handguns are loud when fired, so it is important to protect your ears. Even if you shoot a small handgun, chances are the person next to you might be shooting a .44 Magnum. Some ranges have ear muffs you can borrow or rent, but it’s a good idea to have your own. One other key point: be sure to have ear protection on when you walk into the range before you begin practicing with your new handgun.

Eye Protection

Just as important as protecting your hearing is protecting your sight. Some firearms can eject empty shells while others can emit tiny lead particles, which can be a disaster for the eyes if you don’t have protective glasses. Investing in strong, impact-resistant eyewear that protects you from flying shrapnel is essential. 

Targets and Ammunition

Before heading to the range with your new handgun, acquire something to shoot at. Though many ranges sell targets, not all do, so it is a good idea to have several with you. Other ranges prefer you use thumbtacks to secure your target before you shoot. Bring plenty of ammunition with you as you prepare to practice with your new handgun.

Some ranges have rules that require shooters to buy targets and ammunition directly from the range, while others ask that you bring your own. To be sure of the rules, always call ahead and ask.

Don’t Forget the Case

Never walk into a shooting range with handguns that aren’t properly stored. Buying a firearm case is essential and walking into a range with an unsheathed and uncased firearm isn’t considered good form. Some people invest in a range bag, where a small handgun and all accessories can be tucked away and stored safely during all transport.

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Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.