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  • First day at the range tips

     Neville updated 1 month, 1 week ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • Neville

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Rifle purchased, scope mounted, excitement growing. Heading to the range for the first time this weekend. Was wondering if anyone has tips for my first time/ if I have everything I need. As of now I’m bringing:

    – rifle (LMT Mars-H, Brownells MPO w/ Spuhr mount)
    – various types of ammo to test out (federal match 175g, hornady black 168g)
    – eyes and ears
    – buying targets at the range
    – random bag because I don’t have a bipod just yet

    Am I missing anything? Any beginner errors to avoid? I appreciate it!

  • Electrical_Project_7

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    If its a range where you pay by time, load your mags before you get there. (Have enough mags to fit as much as you’ll be shooting) this way you can take your time with shots and not feel bad.

    If indoors, double up on ear pro (earplugs and muffs), I also prefer lanes at the far end to cut the risk of other people in half (idiots only on one side of me).

    If you’re trying to shoot from a rest, bring a couple options since you never know the height/setup on your first time.

    If people look friendly, be friendly. Esp if kids around, between mags let parent know that they are welcome to shoot yours if they like. Kids are future of 2a

  • TallMikeSTL

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Check every screw to make sure it is torqued to spec.

    Learn how to adjust your scope before going.

    Zero your scope at 25 yd before moving out to longer ranges

  • BigWobbles

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Notebook; pen; water; stapler ( to attach replacement targets); rear bag /front bag. If it’s hot, a pad or piece of carpet for your elbow if shooting bench or prone

  • HansenShooting

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Take time to understand the Mil/Moa system of your scope. This will save you ammo while zeroing and will allow you to shoot further more accurately. If you want to learn more there is a ton of videos online explaining this. You have a very cool setup, enjoy!

  • GoldSpongebob

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Bore sight before putting ammo in the gun, and have fun 🙂

  • kevwil

    September 16, 2021 at 6:34 am

    Safety first! Watch your muzzle direction, obey the range rules about cold range / people down range, finger off the trigger until sights are on target. See if you can get a cheap plastic chamber flag at the range, and be sure to use it properly.

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