Hey guys, I'm thinking of going to my local gun range and renting a gun to shoot for the day.
As a complete novice when it come to firearms which gun would you suggest I rent?
And which classes. (beyond basic gun safety)
Thanks, I look forward to your input.
Another big advantage of .22 is the cost. You can put a ton of rounds downrange for cheap. If your really really a novice, I stick with renting rifles before switching to pistols. Get used to some recoil and what the 'bang' sounds like before moving on to pistols.
The guns I first learned to use as a kid are good guns for any beginner: the .22 rifle and .22 single-action revolver.
I've seen potentially great shooters develop a lot of bad habits by shooting big guns. If you start with small calibers, you'll develop good habits and end up being a better shot with bigger guns.
You can't beat a .22 rifle or pistol for fun and no recoil. If I was starting someone out with absolutely no firearm experience, I would definitely start with a .22. Low noise, no recoil -- sort of like playing darts with a gun. And, while I'll admit that it can be fun to shoot a big bore or shot gun to appreciate the sheer power and force, you can also immediately develop the worst habit a shooter can face -- flinch. If you shoot a weapon you are afraid of (whether it's recoil or noise or muzzle flash), you will be scared to pull the trigger, anticipate the negative, and close your eyes and pull the shot. None of which is conducive to accurate or enjoyable shooting. Start small and work up. From there in handguns, I'd go to .380 or .38.
So it looks like the general consensus is that I should start off with a 22 gun wether it be a rifle or a handgun. Now for the next question... Is there a really good 22 rifle ya'll would recommend and a great 22 handgun? Thanks for all the info... Keep it coming.
Rifle: Ruger 10/22. Pistol: Mark II or III Ruger or Browning Buckmark. Both are very similar pistols and superbly accurate. The 10/22 has been around for decades and is very fun to shoot as well. I've hit targets out to 100 yards with a standard factory issue 10/22 and a 4X scope. You can't really go wrong with a .22 as long as it is reliable. As for working up from there, depending on your body size, I would recommend going to a 20 or 12 gauge shotgun (birdshot field rounds) before any serious center fire rounds. It will get you used to the recoil, but it doesn't have the intense noise or pressure of a hunting caliber rifle...more like a shove instead of a punch. As for handguns, recoil quickly becomes an issue because of the light weight. I've shot a Kimber .45 that punched 3-hole cloverleafs and was a dream to shoot, and a Ruger .44 Mag that almost flew out of my hands. And they all will leave an unpleasant whistling in your eardrum if you don't use hearing protection. If you are shooting at a commercial range, I imagine you should be able to explain your situation (and always remember to play dumb when it comes to firearms...there's always more to learn) and have someone there who can put you right in your slot. I sincerely recommend starting small and working up, though. It is very surprising what a heavier bullet, lighter gun, or shorter barrel can do to an unsuspecting shooter.
Quick aside about the 10/22. It CAN be a great gun, but for a lot of them you have to make them a great gun. If you are the type that likes to modify and personalize, you can turn them into a weapon that is impossible to miss. The upgrades are practically limitless. If you are the type that wants to take it straight from the box, shoot iron sights, you would be better off looking at some other brands.
I purchased a Marlin 795 in December and it was awesome right out of the box. My 9 yo son is very accurate with it.
As for .22 handguns I might look for a revolver. I have seen some .22 semi-auto pistols that jam because the .22 cartridge doesn't have enough power to consistently operate the eject/load mechanism.
I think most places that rent guns will let you exchange the guns while you are at the range. You can buy the ammo then try out any gun they have in that caliber to see what you like best.
I have been shooting for most of my life and i own an assortment of firearms, I would recommend the .22 its cheep easy to use and hours of fun, and there's nothing better to learn the basics on then a firearm that is as cheep and effective as it... how ever if your looking for something with a little more "pop" try shooting a .40 or a .9mm, i wouldn't recommend anything bigger when you just starting out, not saying you cant handle it but with out the basic skills your not going to hit the target, and you don't want o spend the money on a bigger round and not hit what your aiming at
hope this helps
Great feedback. Thanks guys! One last question... Do you all have any general gun tips?
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