Some people find the idea of playing around with guns to be uninteresting and pointless, but if you’re one of those guys who love nothing more than to feel solid power in your hands, visiting a local shooting range and testing your skills could be perfect. With others are out aiming at clay pigeons, you’ll have a real weapon in your hands capable of causing real damage. For that reason, it’s important that you take the activity very seriously and always follow the advice and guidelines set out by your instructor. Sure, it’s not one of the most vigorous sports in the world, but you’ll feel like you’ve had a real workout after a few hours spent firing at targets on the range.

Depending on where you live, how you go about arranging this activity will vary. In the US, most states have open ranges where anyone with or without a gun licence is allowed to attend after some basic background checks. However, the same is not true in the UK or most European countries where you often have to obtain a licence to get involved. With that in mind, you should perform some research before getting your hopes up too much.

Here’s some other things you need to consider:

The type of gun you want to use

Anyone who’s spent more than a couple of minutes playing Call of Duty will already understand the sheer selection of firearms on the market today. In most instances, you won’t be allowed to use a semi-automatic weapon without specialist licences no matter where you live, so you should probably consign yourself to the fact that guns containing 40 cal ammo are probably as exciting as it’s going to get.

Safety equipment

While you can usually hire all the safety equipment you might need from the shooting range, opting to purchase your own and bring it along will save you a lot of money in the long run. So, ensure you get hold of a bullet proof vest, some standard firearm safety goggles and anything else you feel would be appropriate. At the end of the day, it’s going to cost at least a few hundred dollars in ammunition every time you book a session, so cutting back on things like equipment is a wise move.

Who you bring along

Unless you like spending time on your own, it’s probably sensible to bring a couple of friends along to the range and make a day of it. If you choose to do this though, you need to make sure they’re all sensible and capable of acting like an adult. Anyone caught messing around will likely be asked to leave by the staff immediately. You have to remember that guns with live ammunition are very dangerous. One false move and you could cause serious injury to yourself or an innocent bystander.

So, now you know about some of the things you need to consider when visiting your local shooting range, I sincerely hope your day out goes off without a hitch.

 Have fun!