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4 Tips for First-Time Rifle Owners

8/5/20

by: Natchez Shooting Supplies

If you have just bought your first rifle and don’t have much experience with firearms, you may be wondering what you should do next. Are Redfield scopes better than iron sights? Do you know the four rules of firearm safety? These tips will help you learn more about your rifle and what you want or need, all while keeping you safe.

1. Take a Safety Class
First, it’s a good idea to take a safety class at your local range. Find a class for new shooters that will help you learn the safety rules of firearms, as well as how to be safe while at a range. Instructors will also likely go over how your firearms work, giving you a good overview of the functions and mechanics of guns. This first step, education, is the foundation for the rest of your skills. Knowing how to stand, how to look through sights, how to hold your hands, and more are fundamentals to learn properly before you start practicing bad habits.

2. Head to the Range
On the matter of skills, the only way to improve them is to get some range time. Practice with your Bushnell scopes, or use iron sights for shorter-range target practice. You will also need to zero the rifle to your sights, adjusting the sights until they’re aligned. You should work on the basic mechanics of the firearm and practice reloading. If you have a bolt-action rifle, practice working the bolt. If you have a semi-auto, practice using the bolt release after emptying a magazine. You will want to practice both dry-firing without ammo and with live rounds. You will need a lot of ammunition, which you can find online, depending on your location. Learn the ins and outs of your rifle, and what you might like to change down the line.

3. Accessorize and Customize
Next, once you have some time with the rifle, you can accessorize. Some rifles, such as an AR platform, are easy to swap out parts, from the trigger to the handguard. You might want Redfield scopes to extend your effective range with the rifle if you only have iron sights. You can also get your rifle customized by a local gunsmith, who can fit your rifle to you. A different trigger can lower the amount of pressure it takes to squeeze and activate it, while a compensator can redirect gasses to help with recoil.

4. Keep Practicing and Try New Ammo
Finally, get more range time and keep practicing, especially as you swap out parts. You can also try using different types of ammo, such as various grain counts, or make your own ammo to customize it to your rifle and needs. Keep increasing your skills, and don’t let your new rifle collect dust in a closet or safe.

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