Everyone is nervous about their first time, so it’s OK if you feel a bit timid, tentative, or even flustered. If you feel some performance anxiety, just take comfort in the thought that millions of others have gone before you, and their experiences turned out to be positive. Feel better?
Now let’s talk about your first visit to the shooting range in more detail.
Part of the reason we apprehensive humans get all worked up about doing things for the first time is that we don’t know exactly what to expect. When we’re doing something for the first time and will be in the company of other, more experienced people, our insecurities rage to the forefront like a tsunami of anxiety. If we screw up, we’ll be laughingstocks and publicly humiliated just like a Congress Critter caught with his phone… Never mind, you get the idea.
There are too many people who buy a gun, but never go to the range, or have only gone that one time when their friend took them. But there’s no real reason a shooting range should be intimidating. With the goal of making your first range experience a truly excellent one, let’s talk about what you can expect, so you can be ready before you walk through the door for the first time.
by Tom McHale