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Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition

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Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition

309 pagine
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Jan 5, 2012


Whether you’re a firearms enthusiast, an experienced shooter, or someone who has never even held a gun, Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition will help you explore different types of firearms, understand crucial safety rules, and learn fundamental shooting skills. This book provides an introduction to a wide variety of shooting sports through detailed descriptions that relate each type of competition to everyday activities and interests. High-quality photography from actual competitions and step-bystep instructional images augment the clearly written descriptions of both basic and advanced shooting skills. 
Throughout the book, Julie shares beneficial tips, explains sportspecific lingo, and stresses vital safety concerns. Going beyond just a skill-building manual for those new to firearms and shooting, Shoot addresses competition stress, goal setting, logging, and beneficial practice techniques to help all shooters, from novices to champions, excel and take their skills to the next level.
Jan 5, 2012

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Shoot - Julie Golob



Welcome to the world of shooting! This book is designed to serve as both a guide for new shooters and as a useful resource for people who already shoot. The most important consideration when looking into learning how to shoot a firearm or compete in a shooting sport is to ensure that you know how to handle firearms safely. There can be no compromises when it comes to being safe with firearms. Even if you are a seasoned competitor or own firearms, I encourage you to read the chapter on safe gun handling, Chapter 1, Safety. This chapter also addresses eye and ear protection standards, as well as precautions you should take to limit lead exposure.

If you aren’t an enthusiast, you might ask yourself, why shoot? As I like to say, why not? Chapter 2, Why Shoot? covers the different reasons why people choose to start shooting and how it becomes a pastime they love. Chapter 3, Women & Shooting specifically addresses concerns that women may have in getting started. Because shooting is still a predominantly male sport, this information might be helpful to women who may be reluctant to give shooting a try. If you are already an enthusiast or competitor, you may wish to breeze through this material. After all, you’ve already caught the shooting bug!

Another portion for those new to guns is Chapter 4, The 4-1-1 on Guns. Here I cover general firearms information for those who are completely new to shooting. This chapter starts with understanding how ammunition works and also covers the different types of modern firearms. This information can be very helpful if you are looking to purchase a firearm. Keep in mind that some guns are ideal for certain types of competitions. An understanding of the differences, types of actions, and how ammunition is loaded can help you decide what gun is suitable for a specific division or competition you might be interested in. This book is by no means a technical manual. Instead, the goal is to explain in simple terms how different firearms function.

Next we explore the different shooting sports. Shooting sports are organized into types, including the precision-based sports of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Olympic sports, shotgun sports, handgun action shooting sports, multi-gun competitions, and nostalgia shooting sports. Details for each sport and the guns and gear required to compete are explained for each. Keep in mind that there are plenty of shooting sports that didn’t make it into the pages of this book. New sports are forming frequently, and rules for existing shooting sports change.

Once you have an idea of the different shooting sports, you can then make a plan to give one (or more) a try. The final chapters of the book address how to take the plunge, the fundamentals, advanced skills, how to practice efficiently, and how to evolve from a new shooter to a champion. Whether you decide to pursue shooting as a fun hobby or develop the skills to become a distinguished shooter, these chapters will provide insight into how to attain your competition goals.

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Safety is the most critical component in any shooting sport. Shooting competitions are often considered to be extreme sports because there is a certain level of risk involved. Competitors are, after all, shooting live ammunition! It is absolutely necessary at all times to stress safety on the range, and safety precautions must always be taken.

Competitions and organizations have very strict rules when it comes to handling firearms. Regardless of whether you decide to give a shooting sport a try or not, everyone should know the cardinal rules of firearms safety:

1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded. What if you know that your gun is unloaded? It doesn’t matter. If you treat a firearm as if it is loaded, you greatly reduce the likelihood of shooting something you don’t intend to.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. One tip to achieve this is to keep your trigger finger straight and off the trigger until you are acquiring your target. This helps eliminate any startle reflexes that might cause you to press the trigger when you do not wish to.

3. Do not point at or cover anything with the muzzle you do not intend to shoot. The muzzle is what we call the business end of a gun. Anytime you point or aim a firearm, you are making a very important statement, indicating that you are preparing to shoot. That means you are willing to put a bullet into whatever you are pointing at. There is nothing casual about safe gun handling.

4. Be certain of your line of fire and backstop. Basically this means that if you are shooting at a target, it is your responsibility to know where your bullets will impact. Shooting ranges should be set up so that rounds impact in a safe area, like a hill or berm. If you aren’t sure, don’t shoot.

Knowing and applying these fundamental rules will improve your safe gun handling skills. Keep in mind that there are also sport- and range-specific safety rules. At many events and ranges, handling firearms is prohibited except under the direct supervision and instruction of a range or safety officer. The majority of ranges are also cold ranges. A cold range means that firearms are to remain unloaded at all times until you receive commands from a range officer to handle and load ammunition into your firearm. Hot ranges are those that allow shooters to carry a loaded firearm on their person.

TIP: If you are legally carrying a loaded firearm onto a cold range, immediately seek out a match official or safety officer and ask them what the procedure is for unloading your firearm in order to comply with the range or competition rules.

Safety gear is also required for all shooters and spectators when they are on the range. The basics are eye and ear protection. Eyesight and hearing protection are not areas to skimp and try to save money. When considering eye protection, you should look for minimum protection standards. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established impact ratings to use as guidelines for eye protection. There is a good chance your favorite designer shades might not be ANSI rated. It’s best to have a dedicated pair of glasses to use when you are shooting. Look for glasses that have an ANSI rating of Z87+. Consider selecting wraparound frames and those with lenses that provide ample coverage around your eyes to reduce the chance of injury.

Dirt, target debris, and even the oil from a firearm can hit your eyes if they are not protected. Splatter is a common term for fragments of the bullet that ricochet off steel targets. Oftentimes splatter can be so small you can't see it, but it tends to be very sharp. Never shoot at steel targets without proper eye protection. A good rule of thumb is to put on your safety glasses whenever you step foot onto a range.

TIP: Shooting glasses can come in a wide variety of tints based on the sports. Some allow for targets and sights to appear to be brighter. Clear lenses are the ideal initial investment for most shooting sports.

Two types of common hearing protection for shooters are earmuffs and earplugs. Earmuffs cover the ears, while earplugs are inserted into the ears to block out noise. Loose earmuffs simply don’t do the job. They should fit tightly yet comfortably on your head, with no gaps in the seal around your ears. Some manufacturers even offer electronic muffs that block out sharp noises like gunfire but amplify sounds like start buzzers and speech so you can easily hear what’s going on around you.

With earplugs there are several different options. At the least expensive end of the spectrum, foam earplugs can be inserted into the ears to block out noise. There are also harder, plastic versions as well. Another option is a set of custom earplugs. These plugs are molded directly into the user’s ear for a personalized fit. Finally, there are even electronic molded earplugs that work similarly to the electronic earmuffs mentioned

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