Father's Day Giveaway
Primary Arms Staff7/6/2020 1:22 pmwww.primaryarms.com
Father’s Day is only weeks away, and Primary Arms has the perfect way to celebrate. This month, our rifle giveaway is doubling up to offer twice the reward with two fully-kitted Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifles and a ton of range day essentials, totaling to a value of over $3700!
As always, this giveaway is completely free with no purchase requirements. All you have to do is click the button above, fill out some basic information, and you’re good to go. We’ll reach out to our winner in early July and post an update on social media to announce our winner.
While the winner won’t be until the end of the month, we’d also like to talk about an important subject leading the holiday. For many of us, our fathers played a critical role in our early exposure to firearms, as marksmanship is a tradition that has been carried through families for centuries. Educating a beginner can be tricky, but we’ve got 5 helpful tips to help you prepare for a Father’s Day range trip.
5 Tips to Teaching a First-Time Marksman
With Father’s Day right around the corner, many Americans will be looking for fun ways to spend time with their family. These activities might include watching sports, grilling steaks, or even hitting the range for some summertime target practice. As a result, plenty of novice marksmen will have their first experience behind the trigger, and they’ll be looking for support.
As firearms enthusiasts, we’re obligated to share our knowledge to the best of our ability. Whether you’re teaching your children, your family, your friends, or coworkers, your expertise will be critical to setting a positive first impression.
To get you ready for the range, we’ve prepared 5 key tips for instructing a first-time novice on range day. We’ll also highlight a few top products for instruction and practice with the less-experienced.
Tip #1: Preparation is Everything!
‘Unexpected’ is the worst word in the English dictionary when it comes to firearms, and that sentiment is multiplied for novices. Your equipment needs to be in top-shape, as to prevent any stoppages or malfunctions.
Since beginners often start on rimfire, we pay special attention to .22LR. Many enthusiasts believe that .22LR is an unreliable cartridge, but firearm selection makes a big difference in range day reliability. A proven system like the Ruger 10/22 will help you stay on-target without fighting misfeeds. While there are many versions of this trusted rifle, the 10/22 Takedown is our first choice, as its disassembly feature makes it one of the most versatile, user-friendly rimfire rifles on the market.
With any rimfire rifle, you’ll want good ammunition. Favor trusted names like CCI, which will ensure that each round cycles without flaw. Even so, you’ll want your guns clean and lubricated before heading out. High-quality cleaning kits, such as those from Otis Technology, help ensure that your rifle is cleaned and lubricated for optimal performance.
Safety equipment is another important consideration for preparation. Make sure that you’ve got a good range bag with protective equipment that won’t inhibit visibility or hearing. Grey Ghost Gear makes a variety of range bags that can fit any purpose, so you can stay organized for any activity. Magpul’s eyewear is a favorite among enthusiasts for its lens quality, and Walker’s Electronic Hearing Protection provides a perfect balance of safety and audio clarity, so you can provide instruction without raising your voice.
Tip #2: Simplify the Steps
Once at the range, a first-timer may feel overwhelmed.
Keep them focused on the basics, reiterating the 4 major safety rules:
1. Treat every gun as though it’s loaded.
2. Never point the muzzle toward anything you’re unwilling to shoot.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
4. Know what’s in front-of and behind your target.
While gun safety is an expansive subject-matter, these four rules are a great focus area when they’re just starting to handle a firearm. If you stack on too many intricacies, they may lose sight of the core tenants.
In the same vein, don’t overload them with weapon mechanics and technical information. Beginners often struggle with manual processes like loading magazines, so bring a few extras that you can load up for them. For our Ruger 10/22s, we include 5 extra Ruger BX-1 10rd magazines each. These magazines are both trustworthy and affordable, so they’re a great addition to any 10/22 setup.
Tip #3: Create Successes
One of the biggest draws to marksmanship is the clear and immediate sense of achievement when you hit the target.
Plinking cans is addictive because there are instant confirmations of a hit. You can hear the tin can ring for a second as it pops up or rolls over. The same is true of other plinking targets, such as the beloved water jug, which can burst in a brilliant splash. Steel targets are a favorite among most hobbyists for the same reason.
If steel isn’t an option, there are a few ways to improve paper targets for immediate confirmation on hits. Splatter targets provide a visual stimulus, but you need good vision on target to call your shots. That’s why we always recommend optics when training beginners on paper. Iron sights are great for learning the fundamentals, but your priority on a first range trip should be having good, safe fun.
Our 10/22s feature the Primary Arms SLx® 3-18x50 FFP Rifle Scope with Athena BPR Reticle, which is mounted in Steiner T-Series 30mm rings on a Tactical Solutions rail mount. This scope has a wide magnification range and great optical quality, so you can always have a clear sight on the target at most distances. Though 18x may seem like overkill for .22LR targets, the high magnification is perfect in spotting bullet holes when you move targets further downrange.
We also outfit our rifles with an aftermarket trigger. Novice marksmen often struggle with trigger-pull, and a high-quality trigger can mitigate the flinches that would throw shots. Match triggers also reinforce the importance of good trigger discipline, as heavy triggers can lead beginners into a state of false confidence.
Tip #4: Know When to Step In
Knowing the balance of coaching and silence is a challenge.
At the start, your novice is likely to seek constant reinforcement until they feel safe and comfortable behind the rifle. Every time you add distance or teach them a new mechanic, such as loading magazines, they’ll want additional attention, but too much attention can be overbearing.
As long as a beginner has a firm control on the tenants of safety, let them enjoy themselves.
Their trigger pull won’t be great.
Their stance will probably be a bit off.
You might even notice them blinking or flinching.
These are issues that can be worked out over time, but as we said earlier, the first experience should always be about safety and enjoyment. Skills will only develop if you set a positive first impression, and that can’t happen under constant correction.
One key thing to remember: a beginner is always trying to impress the expert. The dynamic between instructor and trainee is based on a sense of progress and accomplishment. Let them know when they’ve made an achievement—but don’t slather it on too heavy, or your compliments will lose meaning.
Tip #5: Reflect on the Positives
After all is said and done, talk with them about their experience.
Enthusiasts aren’t won in one trip. If it looks like your novice had a good time at the range, talk through it with them. Ask them about their favorite part and offer a date for a second trip. It could be weeks away, but having something concrete will keep the experience fresh in their mind.
As time passes, they may come to you asking questions about guns. Always be open, and listen closely as you guide them into the sport. While they may have some mistaken beliefs or opinions on firearms, remember: only experience will change someone’s perspective. The path from beginner to expert is lined with occasional errors
The dynamic won’t be the same for everyone. Sometimes a father teaches his son, and sometimes it’s a son teaching his father. Regardless of who you are, patience and compassion are the key here, and you’ll find that most folks come to appreciate your support.
Primary Arms is all about expanding the firearms community, and we’re happy to support enthusiasts getting out to the range this summer. With this Father’s Day giveaway, we hope that we can get families and friends together for one of America’s most cherished outdoor activities.
To enter the giveaway, visit our Giveaway Landing Page through the link at the top, which has all the instructions to give you the best odds for victory. Total value of the giveaway package is $3714.67. Some terms and conditions apply. The giveaway ends June 30, 2020, at 11:59pm CST.
At the end of the giveaway, we will contact the winner via email by July 6th. Winner MUST be legally able to possess a firearm and pass a federal background check. Winner is responsible for all taxes. Exclusions apply, and no purchase is necessary. A full list of terms and conditions are visible through the Giveaway Landing Page.