Going to an established range is one of the best ways to be introduced to the shooting sports. While getting your start in shooting by going with a friend or family member who is already an experienced shooter is always recommended, shooting at an established range with a professional Range Safety Officer (RSO) or certified instructor is your safest option.
New shooters are often—quite naturally—a bit intimidated. The RSO adds to that. It is like being back in school with a teacher looking over you just waiting for you to slip up, so they can pounce. That is the RSO’s job. That is also how everyone finishes the day safely. Don’t worry, everyone one of us, whether new to shooting or experienced, have all earned the sharp tongue of the RSO. It is not done to embarrass you; it is done for safety and to impress a lesson.
That being said, few of us will do what we know we should; we’ll head off with a friend, half listen to the instructions, and start shooting. However, before you do, while we have your full attention, please watch the following video from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
Range Safety and Etiquette
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Growing up in Pennsylvanias game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Daves writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersens Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersens Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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