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RE: We sure know how to focus on things that matter 02-20-2021, 09:48 PM 2
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(02-20-2021, 06:30 PM)Augie91 Wrote: As a relatively new shooter, I worry about making a mistake that compromises my safety or that of others.  So I'm trying really hard to keep that trigger finger away from trigger until I am ready to fire.  Always having weapon pointed down range, things like that.  I need all my senses and focus for sure.  The other day at the range I noticed all the dents in the ceiling down range, some just a few feet from where you stand.  I wondered to myself what kinda screw up made that happen Smile

As the coach of a junior rifle team I tend to come down hard on the juniors that fail to follow rules 1,2 of firearm safety (1: pointed in safe directions, 2: booger hook off the trigger).  I bring this up in the initial safety briefing with all new shooters and emphasize that I will sometimes raise my voice but make it clear I am not angry, just need to get attention quickly if there is a safety issue.

This past Thursday I had a new kid that was just learning how to use the rifle with a sling and he lost control of the rifle for a moment and it swept the shooter next to him (note:  The empty chamber indicator was in the barrel so nobody was at risk), but I raised my voice and said 'hey, watch your rifle!' and grabbed the rifle and kept it pointed in a safe direction again.

Poor kid... he was only 8 and I could tell he was initially shaken.  I stayed with him and continued to help and praise him as he continued to shoot in the sling for the first time.  Seemed ok after that.

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