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post #1 of 49 Old 09-08-2013, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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I want to learn how to shoot a gun

I really want to learn how to shoot a gun at a target, but I don't know where to start!! I figure I'll see if my dad will take me to a shooting range, we have one within 30 minutes of our house but do I need to know anything before then?
Help would be much appreciated!!

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post #2 of 49 Old 09-08-2013, 05:20 PM
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Look around your community for a gun safety class, first and foremost. If you've never handled a gun before it's always better to learn what does what, especially since it's a potentially lethal firearm. The shooting range near you might hold the class - it's worth looking into.
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I recommend starting with a 22lr. They are not very loud, and have very mild recoil.
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post #4 of 49 Old 09-08-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Look around your community for a gun safety class, first and foremost. If you've never handled a gun before it's always better to learn what does what, especially since it's a potentially lethal firearm. The shooting range near you might hold the class - it's worth looking into.
Thank you! I will absolutely do that! My mom was wondering-can I shoot at a range without owning my own gun? I know absolutely nothing about guns but I want to learn.

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Thank you! I will absolutely do that! My mom was wondering-can I shoot at a range without owning my own gun? I know absolutely nothing about guns but I want to learn.
Entirely depends on the range. Some have guns you can rent. Many won't let you rent one unless you pass a gun safety class and can prove it (if you're a minor). You can't shoot without an adult there, but you've mentioned your dad would be bringing you.

In short: Call and ask. It completely varies range-to-range.
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Contact any local shooting range many have lessons you can go to.
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post #7 of 49 Old 09-08-2013, 05:36 PM
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first I need to ask why ?
Self defense ?
Recreation ?
Varmint , predator control ?
Big difference between them. Knowing this I might be able to steer you in the right direction.
Lots of gun range places are sadly staffed by complete moronic tactical Tims. Let me know what you are looking for and nearest town I may be able to find someone for you. Be advised good instruction isnt cheap, but will paty off in the long run when you don't have to unlearn dumb stuff. A good instructor will also help you select a decent gun for your purposes. However Id bet the vast majority of gun stores , will be more conderned with selling you what they want to sell you as opposed to what you want.
Look at whats going on and figure out your goals. Sayign you want to learn to shoot a gun, without more info is like saying you want to learn to play ball.

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I agree, just research what your community has to offer in the way of gun safety/shooting classes and sign up.

You want to shoot a pistol or a rifle? A lot of choices other "determinations" once you decide on that. Is your objective to target practice, just familiarity w a given weapon, protection?
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Just for recreation, but I might kill some gophers because they're everywhere. I wouldn't mind knowing how to use them in case sometime in life I need to use it for self defense. For now it's just for recreation.

Thanks everyone!

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I don't know if you are in FFA or 4H but they also have shotgun/pistol/rifle/archery programs etc. so if you are you can look there.

Other than that yeah its just a matter of doing some research, calling around to different ranges and seeing what their requirements are.

Can't really be much help....I was shooting as soon as I was old enough to hold one haha.

But I do know that some ranges (at least in my home town) have age requirements and licence requirements as well. So yeah do some research
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