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RE: Long talk

in Outdoors and morelast year

A shooter, interesting. I'd never actually ask those questions, it takes someone more informed on basic things surrounding it to ask such questions and not even mention at any point if he could go shooting with ya.

My first question would prolly be the impact and effect of shooting, how it exactly affects who's shooting, like some typa risks a novice would be exposed to.


I get it and to be honest the young lad didn't frame his questions as I have talked about here as he didn't know the words so my post probably makes him look more knowledgeable than he is. He essentially asked the questions I've outlined, just differently.

Your question is a good one.

The risks are minimal if properly instructed and firearms and ammunition is in good condition. When I instruct the very first thing is safety, a lot of it. Then familiarisation with the firearm, what is does, what parts do which things and I also explain how ammunition works and the process of firing, including recoil. From there the shooting starts.

With this process novices begin to feel more comfortable and they relax a little; I always watch the safety aspect so risk is very low.

I hope this helps.

Cool, I totally understand the aspect of putting out his questions with more professional terms.

However, safety, that's always my concern, I guess having the right instructor is the most important aspect of it all, since a lousy one would prolly endanger his students.

I won't be handling a gun anytime soon, since I'm not really dancing towards any field of studies related to it, but it's sure nice to get a response.

  1. always treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  2. never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  3. keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Booger hook off the bang switch!
  4. keep the gun on safe until you intend to shoot, but never trust mechanical safeties more than the safety between your ears
  5. Be sure of your target and know what is beyond it. Don't take a shot unless you're sure conditions are right.

Those 5 rules cover pretty much everything. The rest is specific to the firearm in question. It's a lot simpler than driving a car, but it is a new skill with equally dire consequences for carelessness.

This are all helpful tips, thanks :)

Safety is always the number one priority although one of the areas that is most abused. Yes, a good instructor is critical although there are many bad ones. I'm a good one though, careful, patient and thorough.

You're welcome to the reply; I always reply to comments.