• Shooting Range Safety Tips for Beginners

    Gearing up for your very first trip to the shooting range, or just need a quick refresher on shooting range safety? Study this guide for all the information you need about how to stay safe and follow the rules when practicing your aim at the shooting range. 

    Look for Range Rules Posted On a Sign, or Ask For a Copy

    Some of the tips that you’ll see in this article may already be posted as rules in the shooting range you plan to visit, but be sure to brush up on the specific rules of that facility before you load up your guns. There should be a large board or sign with the shooting range’s rules posted somewhere in the facility, or at the very list, printed copies of the rules for your review. 

    Always Keep Gun Pointed In Safe Direction

    No matter how sure you are that a gun is unloaded, you should always be conscious about where you point it. If you feel the need to make a comment about something in between shots, don’t simply point the gun at the ground and turn around to banter with your buddies — when you are done firing at your target, or if you want to take a quick break, the gun should be carefully placed on the bench with the cylinder pointed down-range. 

    Keep the Gun Completely Unloaded Until You Are Ready to Use it

    Do not preload all of the guns you plan to fire at the shooting range. If you plan on firing multiple guns, they should only be loaded right before firing. These may seem like tedious measures for a place you go to shoot guns, but it is in everyone’s best interest to avoid having more loaded weapons around than are currently in use. It’s important for everyone at a shooting range to be able to operate with the expectation — but not the assumption — that the only loaded weapons in the facility are the ones pointed safely down-range at non-living targets.

    Keep Your Finger Off Trigger Until You Are Ready to Shoot

    Again, even if you know the gun isn’t loaded, it should always be treated like it is. And when you know that it’s loaded, your finger should not touch the trigger unless you are pointing the gun at your target and fully prepared to blast a hole in it. If you are feeling unsure about anything, don’t let your finger linger on the trigger as you mull the situation over — ask for help, someone will be more than happy to offer assistance! 

    Beginners after learning safety tips at the gun range

    Ask For Help If You Are Unsure About Anything

    There’s no shame in being a beginner, everyone has to start somewhere! Moreover, there are plenty of experienced gun owners who encounter issues when testing out models that they aren’t familiar with. By asking for help when you encounter issues you can’t solve, you’re not just making the safest choice for everyone — you might just make someone’s day! The folks working at shooting ranges are all about gun safety and education, and they love talking shop. But most importantly, they want to provide the safest, most rewarding experience possible to everyone at the range. And that includes beginners!  

    Clipdraw Gun Clips for Concealed Carrying

    If you recently obtained a concealed carry permit, one of the things you may be practicing at the shooting range is your draw. The Clipdraw gun clip is an innovative holstering method that allows for compact concealment and quick drawing in the event of a violent threat. Learn more about Clipdraw gun clips and the gun models they are compatible with.

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  • Concealed Carry Tips for Beginners

    Whether you have already obtained a concealed carry permit and simply need a refresher or you’re conducting research to prepare for concealed carry class, you’ve come to the right place. 

    We’ve broken down the basics for you in this guide containing important concealed carry beginner tips. Here is a list of concealed carry “do’s and don’ts” to get you started:

    Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts 

    Do: Try to Carry As Often As Possible

    The point of carrying a concealed firearm is to have a method of defending yourself (and innocent bystanders) in the event of an unexpected assault, robbery, act of terror, etc. That said, you should strongly consider carrying pretty much everywhere you go, unless otherwise restricted by Federal, State, or local legislation. 

    Places You Shouldn’t Concealed Carry

    Here are some common examples of places where carrying a concealed firearm is illegal: 

    • School Zones
    • Federal Buildings
    • State & National Parks
    • Airports 

    Don’t: Draw Your Gun Unless You Intend to Use it

    This beginner tip should be strongly emphasized in concealed carry preparation courses, but it’s worth emphasizing once more here. You should never simply brandish your firearm in an attempt to de-escalate a situation with a violent attacker. The only way to de-escalate a situation where a criminal is jeopardizing innocent lives is to neutralize the attacker. In other words, once you draw your gun, you must be ready to fire at the attacker without hesitation. Otherwise, you risk provoking the attacker and further escalating the situation. It goes without saying that you better be 100% sure you have a good reason to draw, point, and fire your concealed firearm.

    When You Should Draw a Concealed Firearm

    In a nutshell, you should only draw a concealed firearm when someone (you or an innocent bystander) has reason to fear for their life or is at risk of great injury. There are other situations where the use of a concealed firearm may be acceptable, depending on State laws. Many states allow the use of a concealed firearm to stop an armed robbery, sexual assault, or other in-progress felonies. Be sure to know your State and Local regulations in that regard.

    Do: Practice & Perfect Your Holster Draw

    If you are new to concealed carrying, practicing and perfecting your holster draw is one of the most important tips. In the event of a life-threatening situation, split seconds could be the difference between life and death. 

    How to Practice Your Holster Draw

    You can practice your holster draw in private at home with an unloaded firearm to build up some muscle memory — just be sure to always holster in the same position to keep things consistent! Additionally, you should take some trips to the shooting range and practice drawing and actually firing your gun as you would in a life-threatening situation. 

    Don’t: Adjust or Reposition Your Holster in Public

    Even if you are just making a slight adjustment, an average bystander (or even a law enforcement officer) may see you reach for the gun holster and think you are preparing to draw and fire the weapon. In order to avoid such confusion, refrain from making any adjustments to your holster in public. 

    Where to Go When You Need to Adjust Your Holster

    If you absolutely need to make an adjustment to your holster, go somewhere private such as your car, a single-person bathroom, or better yet, go home if you can! 

    Do: Keep Your Permit With You While Carrying

    This should go without saying, but a beginner guide wouldn’t be complete without this tip, because you can land yourself in some serious trouble by carrying without a permit.

    Where to Keep Your Permit While Carrying
    You should always keep your permit on your person when you are carrying unless the laws in your state allow for permitless concealed carry. 

    Don’t: Carry While Consuming Alcohol

    Not only is it illegal to carry a concealed firearm while drinking or under the influence of alcohol, but it’s also simply unwise. Avoid guns completely while under the influence of any substance.

    What to Do With a Concealed Firearm Before You Start Drinking

    Your best bet is to simply leave the gun at home before going out for drinks. 

    Do: Know the Laws in Areas You Are Carrying

    Some states may require you to notify law enforcement officers who address you of any concealed firearms that you are carrying. Be sure you know exactly what to do if you get pulled over or otherwise confronted by a police officer in a scenario where you are carrying. 

    How to Tell Police Officers That You Are Carrying a Concealed Firearm

    Avoid saying something blunt like “I have a gun in here,” and instead opt for something to the effect of, “I have a license to carry a concealed firearm.”

    Don’t: Make it Obvious That You Are Carrying

    One of the benefits of carrying a concealed firearm is that you can catch a criminal by surprise — as long as you are concealing properly. If it’s obvious that you are carrying, you lose the element of surprise and may even become a primary target for a potential attacker.

    How to Discreetly Carry a Concealed Firearm

    In order to prevent ‘printing’, you must dress appropriately and choose a gun that is small enough to work with your wardrobe. Additionally, you’ll want a minimalistic holstering method.

    Do: Wear Clothes That Enable Discrete & Comfortable Concealment

    You may have to make some minor adjustments to your daily outfits whenever you are carrying a concealed firearm, but you can still

    Slim & Secure IWB Concealment

    dress fashionably while carrying!

    How to Dress for Concealed Carry

    The ideal outfit for concealed carrying will depend on your weapon of choice (and your fashion preferences). But generally speaking, you’ll want to wear a long shirt or jacket that covers the gun without hugging too tightly, to avoid printing.

    Holster With a Clipdraw Gun Clip for Minimal Printing

    Whether you are a beginner or long-time permit holder, finding a practical holstering method is crucial. Clipdraw offers a wide range of gun clips for various brands and models, providing an alternative to traditional holsters that make it tough to minimize printing. Find a Clipdraw Gun Clip for your weapon of choice today!

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