Although some may argue from my point-of-view firearms and preparedness absolutely go together.
From talking to many readers of this site and others there are people out there getting involved in prepping and have NEVER shot a firearm. They are uncomfortable with firearms and often do not know where to start. Every person and situation is different but here are a few thoughts:
Rules to handling guns –
When I work with people new to firearms – I emphasize the following safety rules over, and over, and over again:
- Finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- There is no such thing as an unloaded gun.
- Know your target and what is behind it.
Take a course –
An excellent method to becoming familiar with shooting is to take a course. Most any decent gun shop can point you in the direction of a local trainer. The course should be hands on with YOUR gun.
Watch a video –
Video training can be an excellent method to learn most anything – including a variety of firearm tactics.
Start small –
Starting off with a small caliber or even a an air rifle is a great way to get used to shooting. Remember that even smaller caliber firearms can kill – so they must be treated with respect.
The Ruger 10/22 is an excellent long gun to start with.
Practice, practice, practice –
Once a firearm is acquired – practice with it. Practice is the only way you will become proficient. What is proficient? Being able to safely engage a target with confidence and hit it.
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Firearms and preparedness go together. The need for firearms is real and in my opinion indisputable.
Take care all –
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