The importance of private firearm shooting lessons

The importance of private firearm shooting lessons

Sure, learning to shoot is simple. But hang on: it’s definitely not as easy as pie. There’s a lot to learn, which is why signing up for private firearm shooting lessons at Marksman’s Nest Firearm Training Centre & Shooting Range is your very best bet.

Working with your firearms instructor in a private training lesson is essential to achieving your shooting goals, whether they be self-defence based, sports-driven or for fun recreational time at the range.

The benefits that you’re likely to achieve are numerous.

You’ll know where to start
It can be quite intimidating walking onto Marksman’s Nest shooting range for the first time. Apart from the rules and etiquette, you’ll want to know how to choose a gun and how to pair it with the correct ammunition. Your firearm instructor will help make you feel at ease, help you choose the correct gun and ammo, plus provide you with the basics of marksmanship.

Your private firearm shooting lesson will start with a DOs and DONTs session covering the rules of gun safety, additional rules and range etiquette, as well as an overview of the firearm, its parts, functions, and fit.

Meeting your needs professionally
Should you have a certain condition, emotional fear or an old injury, play open cards with your Marksman’s Nest instructor. He/she will be able to make things work for you. Be prepared to answer questions so they can better understand what adjustments need to be made to make you feel comfortable.

Getting the results you need
Maybe a friend or family member has taught you to shoot way back when. You might have acquired bad habits or you might feel you’re not seeing results. A tune-up at Marksman’s Nest is then just what the doctor ordered. This private firearm shooting session will definitely get you back on track.

In addition, your instructor will work with you based on the goals you’ve set for yourself. Not only will your proficiency improve, but you’ll learn how to choose the best gun and ammo for your needs. He/she will also develop a personal training plan for you, making your range time more effective.

Use a shooting journal to track your progress and schedule an alternate monthly refresher session with your instructor.

Make the most of your lesson
Give yourself plenty of time before and after your lesson at Marksman’s Nest. Focus only on the lesson and avoid negative self-talk. Don’t worry about the inevitable mistakes you’ll make. Remember, it’s a process!

Be open-minded about learning some things differently. If it doesn’t work for you after a while, talk to your instructor about possible modifications to the course.

Finally, communication is key to ensure that you get what you need from the lesson. Always engage with your instructor! Remember, it’s a two-way street.

Quick self-defence tips

Quick self-defence tips

A background in self-defence and situational awareness is very important these days – both personally and in business. There are many situations currently in which you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Think carjacking, armed robbery, heists, home invasions.

Self-defence training is the first line of defence and for this you need to sign up at Marksman’s Nest for either one or a few sessions.

The stark reality is that self-defence is necessary to save your life. If struggling against your attacker will only help you lose it, don’t even make an attempt at struggling.

Don’t try to be a hero if someone wants your purse or wallet. Those are things that can be replaced. Your life can’t.

Just to give you a heads up on self-defence:
• Look both strong and confident.
• Stay calm and don’t give in to fear. When afraid, you’ll either be slow or unable to act at all.
• When trying to defend yourself, keep close to your attacker. Thus it’ll be difficult for him to hit you. Better yet, cling tightly to him if possible.
• Should the situation warrant it, try to hit first, because this can destabilise your attacker. And do try to hit where it hurts: the groin, the throat and the thigh. Act fast and you might be able to escape.
• Always protect your weak areas with your hands to block any possible punches.

Finally, don’t ever try to win or show the awesome self-defence skills you learnt at Marksman’s Nest. You’re not in a movie and there’s no prize for the winner. Put up just enough fight to help you escape from the attack and leave the scene once you have the chance.

Women on target

Women on target

Women are slowly but surely blazing a trail as highly competent shots. Marksman’s Nest Firearm Training Centre & Shooting Range offers programmes designed specifically for women wanting to learn gun ownership fundamentals in a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental environment.

Said chief range officer Geoffrey Coetzee, “Women are every bit as capable of being safe and effective shooters as men, but often might feel intimidated by fellow male trainees. That’s why we offer classes for women-only groups, or one-on-one training. First up we explain the layout of the range and then suggest what training to offer. Above all, we want ladies to feel comfortable.”

Classes are essential
The choice of classes comprises beginners’ classes on gun safety and handling, close-quarter self-defence programmes on handling a firearm and advanced classes.

As more and more women become gun owners, they’re doing the responsible thing by seeking out firearm training. Geoffrey continued, “It’s important that a woman’s first experience with guns is a positive one, and a major part of ensuring that happens is that their instructors should understand what they’re going through.”

A great aspect of training at Marksman’s Nest is that you needn’t bring your own equipment to the classes. We provide firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection. That means you needn’t make a financial investment before you’ve had your first experience shooting a gun. You’ll be able to try out a variety of firearms at the range so you can experience what shooting is like. Also you can determine whether you have a preference for a particular style or model of gun. If you do have a firearm you’d like to bring, you’re welcome to do so of course.

More women joining shooting ranges
According to reports, more women are participating in shooting sports than ever before and often they’re outperforming the guys. A case in point is Nicky Whitehead (pictured), who’s an inspiration for women wishing to take up firearm training. After finishing basic training at Marksman’s Nest, she’s now moved on to advanced firearm training with the intention of becoming a firearm instructor.

The new demographic of female shots is excelling in everything from marksmanship to clay pigeon shooting and many more who are choosing concealed carry pistols for self-defence.

Geoffrey said, “The only way to get better at shooting is to practice as much as possible. When you join a gun range, you have unlimited access, and this will help to cut down on expenses while you master a new skill.

“Learning to shoot is a fun and rewarding experience. Once you’ve mastered all the necessary safety precautions, hit the range to practise. You’ll definitely become more confident over time. Nobody was born an expert shot, but if you take the time to improve your skills and confidence, you’ll fall in love with this exciting sport.”

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