Out with the old and in with the new…that’s the approach many people take with the start of a new year seeking to fill the approaching calendar with days where they will be healthier, wealthier, wiser and happier.
And for gun enthusiasts and sportsmen, part of those wishes may well—in fact they should—include the commitment to be become more accomplished shooters in the new year as well. With that, here are five resolutions that if committed to, will make for a great 2016.
Hit the Range More—You have the gun(s), Winchester is making more ammo every day, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t make time in your schedule to hit the range more often. At least once a week or every other week, for an hour of shooting time is not only a literal blast, but will keep shooting skills sharp, ensure rote memory of operation of your firearm (a must during potential and stress-filled defensive situations) and will ultimately help you become a much better shot, something every gun owner should strive to do.
Take a Defensive/Tactical Shooting Course—Fortunately, odds are you will NEVER have to use your firearm in a defensive situation. But whether it is simply to become more knowledgeable about how to better protect yourself or you simply want to have some tactical fun, a defensive shooting or tactical shooting course for civilians is an awesome way to achieve both.
Buy That Gun You’ve Always Wanted—Go ahead. Whether it is a firearm in a caliber you’ve always been interested in trying or a well-made gun that has appealed to your sense of style and performance, 2016 is the year you should treat yourself to that gun you’ve always dreamed about.
Go Hunting (More)—Fresh air, beautiful scenery, adrenaline-filled moments…that’s what hunting has to offer. If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot. Opportunities to hunt hogs, predators, deer, wild turkeys and small game abound. If you’re not sure where to begin, organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation offer mentored hunt programs. Getting your hunter education certification is also a great way to start out. If you’re already into the hunting game, make this the year you make time to get out and hunt more…not less. Make it a family experience. Hunting is a great way to spend time with the husband, wife and the kids.
Try 3-Gun Competition—As shooting competitions go, 3-Gun is filled with fast-paced excitement and provides the opportunity to fire a handgun, shotgun and rifle. No wonder it’s one of the fastest growing shooting competitions around and fortunately, gun clubs and ranges offer local events that are inexpensive to enter and open to every skill level. Ever thought about competing with a firearm but haven’t made the jump? 3-Gun is a great way to start.