Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marksmanship Is A Part Of Responsible Firearm Ownership

Marksmanship Is A Part Of Responsible Firearm Ownership

Many good Americans own firearms for the sole purpose of personal protection and self-defense. Not only are these fine citizens discharged with the duty of knowing exactly when they are lawfully able and justified to use their firearms but they are also expected to be able to hit their authorized targets when shooting.

Shooting is known as a "depreciable" skill. It is totally unlike a skill such as riding a bicycle. In theory, once you acquire the requisite skill to balance and operate a bicycle, you can avoid riding one for many years before riding one almost as effortlessly as the last time. 

The skill involved with operating a handgun is different. Once you have learned how to be an accurate shooter, you must continue to practice on a regular ongoing basis to maintain your accuracy. A handgun owner "should" shoot at an approved target at a gun range at least once a month. 

During that monthly exercise, a minimum of 50 cartridges should be discharged. The more you shoot, the more accurate you'll be but I am mindful that target practice can be an expensive hobby. If one can afford it, I would endorse shooting as many as 200 rounds of ammunition during a range visit.

Marksmanship is extremely important within the realm of self-defense. For starters, if you are a good shot you will be able to more quickly quell any legally justified threats to your safety. The sooner that a threat is neutralized, the greater are your odds of not being hurt by your assailant during an attack.

In addition, if you are an accurate shooter you will probably not run the risk of missing your intended target and shooting something or someone else. Please understand that you are responsible for every bullet that leaves your firearm. Any bullets that miss your intended mark carry along with them liability for you. If your missed bullet strikes and injures an uninvolved person to your attack, you can be charged and convicted of a crime.

Carrying a firearm is a grave responsibility. Marksmanship is an important part of that responsibility. A responsible shooter will regularly practice shooting at least 50 rounds at a range every month. Doing so will result in increased safety to you by being able to end threats quickly and by not needlessly endangering the community around you when defending yourself.

If you have not gone shooting lately because you need coaching, then you should consider booking a shooting lesson with me at a gun range. Lessons can be scheduled online at the following URL:

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Phone: 313.733.74

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