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How to learn to shoot

How to learn to shoot

“How to learn to shoot?” We guess these are the first question that a man asks after a purchase of a gun. Let’s sort it out.

1. The first thing you need to do is decide what you want. And the answer like “I want to be able to shoot” is not appropriate. You have to understand what you want from “shooting” in general. 

There are a few options: 1. I want to go to a vacant lot twice a year and shoot the bottles, 2. I want to put the weapon in a safe and use it when required, 3. I want to register at a shooting forum, choose a nice avatar and advise young shooters, 4. I want to have an interesting hobby associated with shooting, 5. I want to have a shooting training and try myself in shooting competitions, etc. 

The main thing here is not to hurry with a choice and remember your desires or attitude to “shooting” can change that over time. Many gun owners who now participate in all possible competitions, started with buying the weapon just in case. Learn, communicate with people, visit different shooting events (perhaps as a spectator) and after a while you realize what you’re interested in and what you are not. 

2. Whatever you choose (even option #3), start with development of skills of safe weapon use, including during its storage, cleaning, transportation and so on. 

Safe handling of weapon is the main purpose of practical shooting (The International Practical Shooting Confederation). Therefore, this discipline, according to our deep conviction, fits the new owners of weapons best, since its primary consideration is safe weapon operation and basic shooting skills. Once you master these basics, you can try yourself in any shooting discipline. 

3. Plan a budget. Once upon a time, when the sky was more blue and the grass was greener, after the purchase of 1000 “Hunt Master birdshot 32”, we thought that the issue of ammunition for shooting exercises is settled once and for all. We also did not know that the weapon will need maintenance over time, and trips to competitions will not be limited to the territory country. 

Just like when buying a car, your expenses do not stop by paying its cost, but rather start (gasoline, maintenance, cleaning, insurance…), so the purchase of weapon will entail some costs. 

Thus, if your annual income is not accounted for millions, the proper planning of the “shooting budget” will ensure continuity of the training process and cost savings. It is better to train regularly once a month than burn a box of ammo in a day and leave the weapon in the safe for the next six months. 

Ask yourself, “how much I can actually spend on shooting per month and year?”. Only after you ponder this thoroughly, proceed to expenses. Feel free to consult with more experienced shooters on thus issue. Incidentally, the wholesale purchase of ammunition can reduce its costs by 10-30%. 

Your main items of expenditure will be bullets, shooting range lease, ammunition and clothing, registration fees for participation in the competition, and fare. 

Many shooters, having bought the weapon, start gun-shopping, buying such amount of unnecessary things and thereafter do not know what to do with it. We recommend not hurrying in this matter, and saving instead of spending quickly. Believe me, eventually you will realize what they actually need to be spent for. 

4. Plan your training schedule. Understand once and for all, no one except you is interested in your development more for you. 

This is perhaps the most difficult question from the pieces of advice given here, because when buying weapon and a long time after that the person has no idea how to plan its training process. We do not know how will you address this issue, but it must be addressed, since otherwise, most likely, you’ll have spent money, wasted time, damaged nerves and a sense of despair. 

Try consulting on this issue with experienced shooters, instructors, ask us, and maybe this will help you decide what, how, when and why. 

5. After you do everything we described above, you will have one more thing to do, to translate theory into practice. And then you will likely learn how to “shoot”.

Perhaps, after a while, a newfound weapon owner will contact you with questions similar to the title of this article and you, with a sad smile, will say, “You know my friend, it’s not so simple. But I will give you a link to Facebook probably it will help you in some way.” 

Thank you for your attention. We hope that our writings will help you in some way.