I must say the popularity of shooting is at an all time high. People who by no sense of the word are gun people bought guns and ammo simply out of fear that they would not be able after the Obama administration obtained power. Like the maddening rush on bread, milk and eggs after the weather guy and the Blizzard Watcher 4.0 predicts snow and ice in the southeast, people snatched up firearms and ammunition until there was nothing left.
Since the post Obama rush on firearms and ammo, we have many new shooters hitting the range. As a result people are discovering the excitement and challenge of recreational shooting. Unlike many other sports, the entire family can participate in the different shooting sports. Because mom and dad each have a firearm and received some lessons, they are more likely to introduce their son or daughter to shooting. Shooting is a great activity to share with the family and to pass along the knowledge and skill of marksmanship. It is a thrill to see a youngster light up with excitement at the range.
I recommend lessons for the new shooters from a certified, knowledgeable instructor. If possible, I believe a great candidate would also compete in USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, or Bianchi Cup matches. Why do I feel it important for a firearms trainer to compete? Some of the most important aspects of shooting are perfected at a match, even on the local level. A competitive shooter develops skills of safety, accuracy, power and speed. Yes hours on a range will build your skill, but nothing tests your firearm skills like competitive shooting. An instructor who has competed in USPSA or IDPA matches can help you with self-defense scenarios for home protection. Bianchi and Steel Challenge shooters will stress the importance of accuracy. All of the sports teach people to handle firearms under stress while following proper safety rules and precautions. These attributes will help you find the best, well-rounded instructor for your family.
Now just like everything in life there are exceptions and I know there are individuals that posses better marksmanship abilities than myself and have never competed at a shooting match. I believe in quality and recommend you look at the complete shooters resume when selecting your instructor. Also, look for instructors who teach women and youth. Often classes are taught by several individuals and with a little research you can find the perfect fit for your family.
Recreational shooting whether a day at the range or at a local match is a great opportunity for the entire family to have fun while building marksmanship skills. No matter who you choose for your instruction, don’t forget to have a blast on the range!
If you have any questions or need assistance finding a good instructor in your area, please contact us. Carducci Tactical would be glad to help.
See you on the range!