Shooters who have never visited an “Action Pistol” venue before might be reluctant to do so because of uncertainty as to what sort of reception a “newby” might receive and what sort of an experience awaits. They should not be. Every shooter was once a “new guy” at every level of shooting that she/he enters, and, as a group, “Action Pistol” shooters are most welcoming of those who are new to their sport.
At RR&GC Action Pistol Practice Range, those new to “Action Pistol” shooting will be greeted by staff members who are vitally interested in introducing shooters to this “next level” shooting experience. Every shooter (regardless of experience level) will receive a range orientation briefing which will cover RR&GC Action Pistol Practice Range procedures and range safety issues in detail. Once the shooter has completed the orientation and his/her questions about range operation and procedures have been answered, the shooter will be asked to complete a brief shooting evaluation. This evaluation (which is described in detail elsewhere on the Action Pistol page) seeks merely to ensure that the shooter can safely handle his/her firearm while working from the holster, and has reasonable accuracy when engaging multiple targets. The evaluation is not timed, and the exercise will be thoroughly explained to the shooter before she/he is asked to perform it. Upon successful completion of the shooting evaluation, the shooter will be issued a card which signifies that s/he is qualified to use the Action Pistol Practice Range.
The Action Pistol Practice Range staff is happy to work with shooters who are new to this type of shooting activity, and can refer interested shooters to NRA Certified shooting instructors who offer training at RR&GC on a fee for services basis.
To assist shooters who are new to Action Pistol shooting, the staff has prepared a handout entitled “Basic Shooting Drills for Those New to Action Pistol Shooting.” This document provides the shooter with not only the procedures for performing the various drills, but also an explanation of the goal of each drill in the development of the skill(s) being addressed.
In order to assist more experienced shooters in structuring their Action Pistol practice sessions, the staff maintains a notebook containing shooting drills which will guide the shooter through exercises which address a variety of shooting skills related to Action Pistol shooting. We are also constructing a notebook containing various shooting qualifier courses which will be available to those who are interested in testing their skills against established standards. Article in PDF format for printing.