A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Firearm Gear & Accessories
If you are new to the world of shooting, you need to ensure that you have the right equipment so that you can enjoy your time at the range or in the field safely. While there are many different shooting disciplines that will all require a slightly different setup, there are some common pieces of equipment that every shooter will need to pay close attention to.
Whether you are heading on a multi-day hunting trip, going clay target shooting or you are practising at the local range, having the right gear will help you to improve your skills quickly. If you don’t have the appropriate shooting equipment and accessories, you will immediately be at a disadvantage, slowing down your progress significantly.
Let’s take a closer look at the firearm gear and accessories you will need to get the most out of your shooting experience as a beginner.
Firearms And Ammunition
Naturally, if you want to start shooting, you will need a firearm and the appropriate ammunition. The type of firearm that you will select will typically depend on the type of shooting that you will be doing. In Australia, licensing and permits for firearms differ from one state or territory to the next. However, for most new shooters, you will need a rifle, shotgun or pistol. As each of these types of firearms comes in a variety of styles and price points, you should take some time to research the best option for your budget and for the style of shooting that you will be doing. The ammunition you choose will be dictated largely by the type of firearm you select.
Scopes And Mounts
A scope is used by shooters to identify targets in the distance so you can see what you are shooting at. A mount, on the other hand, is used to mount the scope onto your weapon. Scopes are essential in improving your accuracy and helping you to identify the target and line up the shot correctly. Scopes come in a range of different shapes and sizes and are equipped with various tech. When you are choosing a scope and mount, it is important that you choose a combination that will work for the firearm that you own. There are different scopes available for rifles, shotguns and pistols respectively so be sure to find a solution that will meet your needs, style and budget.
Clothing And Footwear
While you can shoot in almost any clothing or footwear, if you want to take your shooting to the next level, it’s worth investing in the correct clothing and footwear. For shooters who will be spending a lot of time hunting in the bush, you will need to purchase clothes that offer protection from the elements, are durable and hard-wearing and will allow you to blend in with the landscape so you cannot be detected by your prey. Having strong, sturdy footwear is important for any shooter as having a solid base will help you to be more accurate and precise when you pull the trigger.
The firearm and accessories you purchase will depend largely on the type of shooting you will be doing. There are countless shooting accessories available nowadays and the main components of your firearm can be customised to your liking. As a beginner, it can be easy to get excited by all of the gear available and start kitting yourself out with every last gadget. However, when you are just starting out in the world of shooting, the most important things to focus on are your gun, ammunition, scope and clothing. Having the basics organised, you will be able to fine-tune your skills and become familiar with your firearm before perfecting your setup and taking your shooting to the next level.