MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 2:45 pm
Hi, so, I’m going to the range soon for the first time with my girlfriend to try out some guns that I’m considering and I had a few safety questions and just wanted to see if anyone had a comment. In CA by the way, lame.
So, it’s, I think an indoor range, but it could be a small, small outdoor. I’m not too experienced, but I know enough, honestly I know more about safety and safe handling than shooting, but I know how to do it. I wanted to rent a rifle and a pistol, I’m very interested in purchasing a 12 gauge, so I’d like to try one. Is a 12-gauge too much for a new shooter, though? Should I eschew the 00 and just go for birdshot? Should I shoot a 20 gauge? If it is too much, what’s a better decent rifle?
For pistols, it seems 9mm is a good round to shoot, probably out of a Glock, fast and decently sized, I think that this is a good pistol to try out and that .45 ACP would be just a little much? Is the ammo very expensive for, say, 60-100 rounds?
Also, assuming the place they give me the weapons is inside, how would I safely take the gun from his hand? Like, he hands it to me, I take it and point the rifle upwards? Or downwards? Which is more appropriate in an indoor setting? I don’t want to sweep anyone’s feet with a gun pointed down at an angle, but I don’t want to have no angle downwards and dangle over my own foot. It seems upwards is the safest way to go for no sweeping? Or…? I’m very concerned about being 110% safe with these guns. Is there a designated direction for each range? Fill me in, guys.
Also…I’m debating renting a .22 because I supposedly can buy a lot of ammo for cheap and just take like a hundred shots for like ten dollars? Is that a good idea to practice accuracy? I just want something also with a little real recoil, like the 9mm, so as to experience shooting it and being accurate with it, without overwhelming myself.
Thanks for any comments.