October 11, 2005, 09:58 AM
OK, I've never really shot rifles or shotguns before, and am going to finally get off my butt (and wallet) and purchase one of each. Problem is, I don't know where to shoot, nor do I have anyone to shoot with. I'm in Central Indiana. Does anyone know someone who would like to teach someone to shoot, or know of someplace to shoot around here? Any info would be helpful. Thanks.
October 11, 2005, 10:15 AM
I am too far away to help with the actual mechanics of your new addiction, but:
My humble opinion, get a .22 pistol (wheelie or semi-auto) and a .22 rifle. The fundamental issues of safety and accuracy are easily learned while you can buy a box of 550 rounds of Federals at WalMart for $8.00.
October 11, 2005, 10:19 AM
Take a safety course. If you've got a public range nearby, call and see if they offer an NRA certified beginners course.
Then, take whatever the next class is.
October 11, 2005, 10:49 AM
When you go browsing for rifles and shotguns in your local gun stores, take a few moments to talk with the owner/employees about such things as shooting courses, where to shoot, local gun clubs, etc.
Get with your neighbors and find out if they are shooters. You need to do your own "homework", instead of relying upon us TOTAL STRANGERS!
About 4 years ago, the house next to mine was sold, and a young married couple moved in. I went out of my way to meet them, and welcome them to the neighborhood. The husband was a lawyer, and his wife was a "legal assistance" worker of some sort.
Well, it turned out that the husband was 100% pro- police AND pro-gun, instead of what the "typical" attorneys tend to be! He was working as a prosecution attorney for one of the nearby cities, and dealt with criminal cases. One of those cases was gang-related, and since he was directly involved in the prosecution of the defendants, the city granted him a CCW permit. When he got his permit, I took him down to the local police shooting range several times, and he has become somewhat of a "gun nut".
You also might check with your nearby "junior" or "community" colleges, for some of them have gun safety courses. Look through the NRA web site for gun safety courses in your area. Heck, even ask at your local police station, to find out if they know of a reputable gun safety instructor.
I can't tell you "where" you can shoot, but I'll bet that, if you do your "homework", you'll come up with several places to your liking.
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