The coronavirus pandemic changed the world. As shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns mirrored climbing cases and death counts, runs on goods such as food and supplies sparked even more fear about the coming days. We were entering extremely uncharted waters. In short order, many people turned to exercising their Second Amendment rights, some for the very first time. Since so many folks purchased their very first firearms for home defense, we’ve put together a three-part introductory video series on handgun, rifle, and shotgun training, skills, and safety. Here’s the first video in our series, focusing on handguns. Be sure to check out “Part II: Rifle Training and “Part III: Shotgun Training” as well.

Handgun Training and Safety

First, right out of the gate, new gun owners, and old ones for that matter, must follow the four basic gun safety rules: Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Know your target and what’s beyond it. Those four rules should define every choice you ever make in gun handling. Follow them religiously, and you’ll never have a problem, a negligent discharge or worse.

Semi-automatic handguns remain an extremely popular choice for home and self-defense. Compact and concealable, handguns deliver tremendous versatility. But one must master the fundamentals of handling, loading and shooting a pistol. In fact, pistols are the toughest of the firearm platforms to shoot accurately, requiring the most training and practice.

So watch the video and learn. Then, as you can, find a qualified, certified instructor and get some training. Finally, invest in some ammo and hit the range to practice.

Welcome to the 2A gun club. We’re happy you’re with us. Now get trained up, and then pay it forward by taking someone you know out to the range for a day of shooting. Lastly, have fun and be safe.

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