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New Gun Owner – How Much Training Do You Need?

Owning a firearm is a significant responsibility that comes with the need for proper education and training. While the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to bear arms, it is crucial for new gun owners to understand that responsible ownership goes together with comprehensive training.

Basic Firearms Safety:

First and foremost is basic firearm safety. This is the foundation of any gun owner’s training. This includes understanding the different parts of a firearm, how to handle it safely, and the importance of keeping the muzzle always pointed in a safe direction. New gun owners should be familiar with the fundamental rules of firearm safety, such as treating every gun as if it is loaded, keeping the finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, and being aware of the target and what lies beyond it. We provide safety training in all our courses at C2 Tactical. We also offer a specialized Family Firearms Safety class as well as private Firearms and Personal Security Consultations for those needing additional help.

Local Laws and Regulations:

Another important piece is understanding local laws and regulations regarding firearms. Every jurisdiction has its own set of laws and regulations regarding firearm ownership and usage. It is the responsibility of new gun owners to familiarize themselves with these laws to avoid unintentional legal violations. Training should include an overview of local laws governing the purchase, storage, and use of firearms. This knowledge is essential for preventing legal complications and promoting responsible gun ownership. C2 Tactical covers issues like this in our Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW1) class.

Firearm Proficiency:

Proficiency with a firearm comes through regular practice. New gun owners should dedicate time to practice at a shooting range under the guidance of experienced shooters or instructors. This allows them to become comfortable with their firearm, refine their shooting skills, and gain confidence in handling different scenarios. Consistent practice also helps reinforce the importance of safety protocols.

At C2 Tactical we offer The C2 Method of training that takes the new owner on a step-by-step journey to better understand their firearms and to become comfortable using it.  Think about learning to use firearms like learning how to drive a car. Step one is familiarizing yourself with the car itself. What buttons and levers do what. How to adjust mirrors, seats, and safety measures are priory.  Once that is done, maybe a few laps around an empty parking lot.  So, with guns, loading, unloading, safe manipulation, and then first shots. Our 100 level classes focus on safe gun handling skills, loading, and unloading procedures and how to use our range.

Only after one is comfortable with those skills do we get you out onto the road. Liken this to learning how to shoot – step two. Our 200 level classes then go into detail on the technique of shooting starting from the ground up – stance, grips, sight-alignment, trigger pull and follow through. We utilize our SIM room technology to teach you to shoot properly. In fact, we are so successful with this method we get virtually 100% of our students shooting a C2 business card on edge in that one class.

Step three is learning to shoot more focusing on trigger reset, recoil management, and multiple shots. The 300 level classes then talk about trigger reset and how to fire multiple rounds while maintaining functional accuracy.

Safe Storage and Handling:

Training for new gun owners should include education on safe storage practices. Proper storage is essential to prevent unauthorized access and minimize the risk of accidents, especially in households with children. This training may cover the use of gun safes, trigger locks, and other secure storage options.

Make sure that however condition that you store your firearms, accessories, and ammunition that they are safe from unauthorized personnel such as maintenance people, thieves, and your children if they are not properly trained.

Final Thoughts:

Owning a firearm is a serious responsibility that requires a commitment to ongoing education and training. New gun owners should invest time and effort into learning the fundamentals of firearm safety, enrolling in formal training courses, understanding local laws, practicing regularly, and adopting safe storage practices. By doing so, they not only ensure their own safety but also contribute to the broader goal of responsible gun ownership in society.

Remember, a well-trained gun owner is a responsible gun owner. C2 Tactical is here to teach you all that you need to know to be a responsible gun owner, and to train you to be a safe and accurate shooter.

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