Your first time shooting at a National Shoot in Friendship should be a highlight. If you are inexperienced, it would be good to introduce yourself to the Range officer. He is interested in your safety as well as everyone else. His suggestions will assist you. Developing safe habits as you practice are strongly recommended.
Here are some examples:
- The muzzle of your firearm should be pointed up and be higher than your head as you move from the loading bench to the firing line and BACK.
- Capping or priming of your gun is done only at the firing line.
- Your powder is to be covered at all times. Many shooters simply set their powder measure over the can’s spout.
- Report any malfunctions of your gun to the range officer.
- Listen and obey range instructions.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but may help you feel more prepared as you gain experience. One final thought is to register to shoot the day before you intend to compete. Then spend time watching the operation of the range. Get a feel for how things work. This should help you to be more at ease when you compete.