New Shooters: A Quick How-To Guide

23-Oct-12 – 19:17 by ToddG

Julie Golob (nee Goloski) posted a great set of DO’s and DON’Ts on her website today for anyone thinking about bringing a first time shooter to the range. It is absolutely worth checking out.

All too often, shooters think enthusiasm will serve as well as knowledge and responsibility when it comes to teaching first-timers. Just remember that the kind of personĀ you are on the range will become the kind of personĀ they will be on the range. If you act like an irresponsible moron, you’ll create a new irresponsible moron of a shooter. If you take it seriously, stress the importance of safety, and provide a fun atmosphere you’ll create a safe, happy new shooter.

Another rule I like to follow with first time shooters is to give them just a single round of ammo in the gun for their first shot. All too often, the new shooter will turn around in excitement or exaggerate the effect of recoil after shooting a gun for the first time. Having an empty gun makes that more of a learning point than a potential injury.

Of course, Julie won’t be bringing any new shooters to the range herself for a while. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s why.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

(Yamil Sued photo courtesy of JulieG)

  1. 10 Responses to “New Shooters: A Quick How-To Guide”

  2. Great post Todd. That one round rule is genius.

    By Jon on Oct 23, 2012

  3. Thanks, Jon. I actually learned it from Tom Ives of the NRA Range.

    By ToddG on Oct 23, 2012

  4. Good stuff, by Todd and Julie G.

    With all due respect to SLG, man she’s gorgeous. Montana skyline and S&W revolver aren’t shabby either.

    By GPerry on Oct 23, 2012

  5. Goloski? Am I missing something or is she secretly Polish?

    By Jesse on Oct 24, 2012

  6. Yeah, the one round rule is one of the best things I’ve ever read. Since I started using it I haven’t been shot once :)

    I also highly recommend reminding the shooter right before they go to shoot, that people often get excited and forget their rules after their first shot. Putting it in people’s minds often helps keep them on task better.

    By ford.304 on Oct 24, 2012

  7. A friend of mine, who’s probably introduced more people to the SW500 than almost anyone, does the one round thing for similar reasons. You don’t know how someone’s going to react to that much recoil until they do it.

    By Jeff on Oct 24, 2012

  8. Nothing secret about it. Goloski was her maiden name. That’s what “nee” means…

    By Argus on Oct 24, 2012

  9. I hope she doesn’t shoot her junk off with that appendix carry. lol Kudos to her for staying away from the range, it must be tough.

    By vincent on Oct 27, 2012

  10. The one round rule was fairly standard back in the 1960’s and has become an even better idea as semi autos have become normal and magazines have gotten larger. For anyone who trains novices and doesn’t do this already, try it–it works for multiple reasons,

    By SteveJ on Oct 28, 2012

  11. Link wouldn’t work for me, but I found it with some work. Try this one:

    By Suburban on Nov 4, 2012

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