A New Year and a New Hobby

It’s January at Shoot Point Blank, and that means a lot of new faces! Many of you received new firearms for the holiday, so we especially want to welcome first-time firearm owners to a wonderful and exciting new hobby, one we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do. It’s fair to say that a few of those faces we see right now are just a little confused. It’s understandable—there’s a lot to learn about owning a firearm. If that’s you, know that you’re not alone. You’re part of a very large community of responsible owners and hobbyists who can’t wait to share their enthusiasm. That includes us at Shoot Point Blank, of course. We’re a part of that community and invite you to come as you are. There’s no entrance exam. So, if you’re nervous, take a deep breath, and relax. Even if you’ve never held a firearm before, there’s an easy path to becoming a responsible owner and a good shot. Here’s a few things to think about:
    1. There is no substitute for education. If you’re a beginner, consider our Basic Handgun class (All our classes are listed on our calendar). You’ll learn about your firearm from muzzle to magazine, safely and in a comfortable classroom setting. That includes time in our HEPA filtered, climate-controlled range too! It’s a half-day well spent, whether you’re a first-timer or just need a refresher.
    1. Don’t forget supplies. Keeping your firearm safe means keeping it clean. That means keeping a cleaning kit and materials handy.
    1. You can’t shoot without ammunition. Be sure you have the right ammo for the range, and the right ammo for self-defense. You’ll generally want both on hand.
    1. With all this new gear, consider a range bag. You’ll be happy you did—and so will whoever cleans up after you.
    1. Responsible ownership means responsible storage too. There are lots of options that keep your firearm both ready AND protected. Safes, lockboxes and cabinets can all be good choices for the right location.
    1. Is Concealed Carry for you? If your goals include carrying, you’ll want to be sure and schedule a Concealed Carry course. Now, the details vary from state to state, so a reputable instructor is vital. Our associates can guide you through the process at your local Shoot Point Blank, of course. We teach classes that cover everything you need. We can also help you choose a holster for your waistband, ankle, or shoulder—there are nearly as many options as there are firearm owners.
  1. Don’t forget to exercise. While you’re making New Year’s resolutions, remember: staying in shape is important on the range too. You need to exercise your shooting skills to stay proficient and operate with confidence. At Shoot Point Blank, there is always a certified Range Safety Officer on duty.
And here’s one more bonus tip, not just for new owners but for everyone: Get Involved! The firearms community is vibrant and proud, and very welcoming. Our calendar is a great place to start, whether you’re looking for classes, range events or even a free seminar. Bring a neighbor with you. Ladies, consider our Lady Sure Shots female shooting club—there’s no annual commitment to join. Once a month, shooters of all levels meet at our Shoot Point Blank location to discuss topics of interest and enjoy an hour of range time for just $10. Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome to a hobby you can cherish for many years to come.

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