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. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shot then it i impossible to pull the trigger before you are ready.
- Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy. If the gun is NEVER pointed at something you wish not to destroy then you will not shoot something you do not mean to.
- There is no such thing as an unloaded gun. If you treat the gun like it is always loaded you will never think a loaded gun is unloaded.
- Know your target and what is behind it. Lastly – you need to know your target and what is behind it to prevent a stray bullet form impacting anywhere you wish it not too.
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.
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.