Gun Competition Preparation
Have you recently become interested in shooting competitions? Not only do these competitions give you practice with your weapon, but they can be valuable social interactions. Although you will receive a rulebook when you sign up for your competition, there are a few things you still need to do to prepare yourself. These are a few tips to help you.
Get Your Gear Together
Your first task should be looking over the rulebook to determine what gear you need. Then, find out what gear is not allowed on the range. Then, pack your range bag. You should include several competition holsters, ear and eye protection, extra ammunition, sunscreen, snack foods, water, a first aid kit, rain gear, gloves, a multitool, weapon cleaning kit, flashlight, multitool, binoculars, duct tape, stapler with staples, etc. You may also want to add batteries, bug spray, a timer, a shooting journal and a sharpie or pen. Don’t forget trash bags for transporting any muddy gear. Also, include your emergency information, preferably laminated so that it won’t be damaged.
If you are unsure about competition participation, consider offering to help out at a few tournaments before you actually compete. The organizers always need extra help, so you will be welcomed. Even if you have paid your fee and will be competing, the range will always welcome help. In fact, you could police the range, help store equipment or do any number of other tasks. These competitions cannot be held without volunteers, and as a competitor, you should do your part to help.
Choose Proper Clothing
Wear comfortable, safe clothing, and dress in layers. Also, wear clothing that is in good taste because the media will typically be covering these events. You want to reflect a positive image for yourself and the sport. In fact, if your clothing is inappropriate, you may not be allowed to compete.
Review the Course and Rules
Review the shooting competition rules. If you arrive early, you should be allowed to walk the course. This will give you an idea of the terrain and shooting requirements. Added preparation can go a long way to improving your scores.
Give yourself the best competition experience by being prepared and helping others.