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Gun safety classes are a necessity for any new gun owner or novice hunter. When researching a local class on gun safety, be sure that the class covers the basics of gun safety, outlined here.
There are different types of gun safety classes available. What is right for you might not work for someone else so it’s important to learn about what’s out there and figure out what will benefit you the most.
Online gun safety classes are an option. These classes review what you need to know in terms of laws and safety measures. They can also teach you some of the basics about safe gun usage, but they aren’t going to give you the important hands-on experience. If you opt to learn about gun safety online, just make sure you are also committing time to hands-on training. All gun owners should be taking their weapon to a firing range on a regular basis to hone your gun skills.
There might also be handgun safety classes offered in your community. You can find out about the location and times of classes by speaking to someone where you purchased your gun or you can search online for gun classes near you.
These classes usually combine classroom learning with hands-on learning. New gun owners can begin in the classroom learning about laws that affect them in their state and general gun safety guidelines. Once they’ve got the basics down, class participants get hands-on training for using their guns from experts.
The more you practice, the more proficient you will be with your weapon so make sure you commit to ongoing visits to the gun range, even after you feel comfortable using your gun.
Even before you begin an official gun safety program, there are several things you should know about owning and using a gun. These lessons ensure safe, basic knowledge about the weapon you’re using.
These rules are taught repeatedly in a gun safety class and for good reason. They are designed to avoid accidents and keep you safe!
There are also additional safety rules outside of the four basic rules:
Feeling comfortable using your gun is one of the most important aspects of responsible gun ownership. If you enroll in a class and aren’t comfortable or feel it does not offer enough to help you become a proficient gun owner, you should find another class. It’s also a good idea to consider classes even after you are comfortable. There are different classes designed to meet the needs of different proficiency levels. They might also be targeted to a specific skill, such as marksmanship or self-defense. This is a great way to get more practice using your weapon and be as comfortable as possible with it.
Also keep in mind, if you choose to invest in more than one gun, go through the same steps to familiarize yourself with that particular weapon. Even if you know the basics of gun safety and gun use, it’s a good idea to “start from scratch” with each new weapon you bring into your collection. This ensures you can operate as an expert for each gun you own.
Owning a gun is a lifetime commitment to safety. Practice memorizing all the safety rules and expect to commit time to gun maintenance.
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