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ESSENTIAL Gear You Need for the Shooting Range

June 2020 saw another record number for monthly gun sales. That means more first time gun owners are exercising their Second Amendment rights. But as you know, becoming a responsible firearm owner requires some training.

So, think of this post as a checklist. Take a few classes to make sure that your skills are where they need to be. Get out to the shooting range to practice your skills as often as you can so that you become comfortable holding and using your gun. That means going to the range a few times a month at the very least. Some people like to go on a weekly basis until their confidence improves.

If you don’t have a ton of experience going to the shooting range, here are some tips about cool gear you should wear to the range. 

Eye and Ear Protection

Eye and ear protection are a must-bring to the shooting range. If you are going to be at an outdoor range, make sure your eye protection is shaded like sunglasses to reduce glare and allow you to see better while shooting. Your glasses must also meet the standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to be shatter-resistant. 

A great brand that makes a variety of shooting glasses for both indoor and outdoor ranges is famous gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson. Their selection is not only stylish, but surpasses set safety standards. Try their M&P Harrier Interchangeable Shooting Glasses. They come with four easy-to-change out lenses for any shooting environment. 

Lightweight Protective Clothing

You don’t want to wear loose or bulky clothing to the shooting range. T-shirts or snug fitting long sleeve shirts are fine. If you are going to be practicing concealed carry with shooting from your holster, it’s best to wear a shirt that you are going to be wearing most often on a daily basis. This might be a button down shirt or polo meant for CCW. 

Tactical Gear makes a variety of concealed carry shirts in all different styles. They all have a cut that prevents “printing” or exposing your weapon while carrying. The button or snaps also allow you to access your firearm quickly. 

Keep in mind pants are also better than shorts. You want to protect the skin on your arms and legs from hot shell debris. 

Sturdy Shoes

Make sure you have a great pair of boots, sneakers, or closed toe shoes for the range. This is not a time for sandals, flip-flops, or dress shoes. Hot casings that hit your feet is definitely an unpleasant experience, and one that you won’t want to repeat when your toes are exposed. 

Any shoe you wear should have a non-slip feature on the soles so that you can grip the floor better when you are shooting. Under Armour makes a variety of tactical boots for men and women. All of the styles they offer are comfortable, stylish, and most importantly will protect your feet while you are out at the shooting range.


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