Shooting Range Tips For Beginners

These days, more people than ever before are getting interested in learning how to use a gun safely, which has led to a substantial flow of beginners heading to their local shooting range. Even so, some people are wondering if they’re too much of an “amateur” to enjoy the shooting range experience – but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

From understanding how to hold and maneuver popular handguns to effectively shooting larger rifles, practicing at a shooting range is a great way to build your skills. Not only can the shooting range be hugely educational for beginners, but it’s also a lot of fun. Here at H&H Shooting Sports, not a day goes by that we don’t see at least a handful of new shooters come to our range. And if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s the smile they have on their face as they’re leaving (and how quickly they plan to come back!).

So, don’t feel intimidated or unsure about your first time at the shooting range. Instead, take advantage of our useful tips for beginners, so you can walk through the door with the confidence and feel ready to take on an exciting new challenge.

Be aware of the basics of safe gun handling and shooting range rules.

For many first-timers, visiting a shooting range is considered something fun to do – but there’s also an element of seriousness to the activity. Learning the basic principles of gun safety is key, and is equally important on your first and five hundredth time in the shooting lanes.

Gun handling safety rules cover five main ideas:

  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger. Once you are positioned in the lane and the gun is aimed down range and is ready to fire, you can then place your finger on the trigger.
  • Always be sure of your target, as well as what lies beyond it.
  • Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, only aiming it at a target when you’re on the firing line and ready to shoot. Otherwise, the gun should be pointed away or holstered (depending on your gun range’s rules).
  • Never fire without proper ear and eye protection.

In addition to these basic safety guidelines, most gun ranges have their own site-specific rules as well. At H&H Shooting Sports, our range rules outline our expectations for guns, ammunition, and targets brought from home, as well as the specific firing line procedure.

Visit the shooting range with an experienced friend or family member.

Typically, first-timers are required to take a training course in gun safety fundamentals before they can fire at a shooting range. But even after you’ve graduated from this basic course, it’s helpful to have someone with you that knows their way around a gun. Not only will your experience probably be more enjoyable, but you’ll also have help at the ready when needed.

For example, a seasoned shooter can recommend the best beginner handgun for you to start with, so that you aren’t stuck with a firearm that’s too difficult to work with. Additionally, they can give you handy tips for aiming and firing, plus a friendly reminder if you start to slip up on safety rules.

Start your shooting practice with a larger version of a smaller-sized pistol.

It’s easy to assume that the best beginner pistol is the smallest one because many inexperienced shooters believe that smaller guns don’t have any “kick.” Actually, little guns tend to kick much more than larger ones, making them some of the most difficult to handle.

Instead, choose a pistol that’s on the small side, but not too small. A 9mm, .22 caliber, or .38 caliber, in medium and large versions, are all excellent options for your inaugural shooting range visit.

Avoid placing your thumb on the pistol slide.

One of the most common mistakes that beginners make is putting a thumb on the top of the slide’s rear section. But when you fire, that part of the gun moves backward – putting you at risk for a painful injury. Instead, concentrate on keeping your thumbs in the correct position (on top), not resting on the slide.

Dress the part for your shooting range visit.

You might be surprised to hear that there’s a gun range dress code of sorts, but it’s all in the name of safety, not fashion. The biggest no-no is wearing open-toed shoes, so opt for a comfortable, closed-toe pair instead.

V-necks are also usually a bad idea because a funnel effect can cause the round to fall back down your shirt, especially if you’re holding the gun loosely. It can be embarrassing to have to fish rounds out of your shirt every few minutes, so consider saving the V-neck for another occasion.

Choose your shooting range wisely.

As you’d imagine, your first time at the range is something you want to be fun, stress-free, and informative – but a lot of that depends on which gun range you go to. The quality of shooting ranges in Oklahoma City can vary widely, so you never really know what you’re going to get. From overinflated prices to subpar facilities, there are plenty of ways a low-quality range can let you down.

But as long as you stick with a reputable, well-rated range – that’s H&H Shooting Sports for those of you in Oklahoma City – you’ll be well on your way to a great experience. Not only will you feel comfortable as you practice and learn, but the odds are better that you’ll also want to come back to perfect your newfound skills.

Master Your Shooting Skills at the Biggest Shooting Range in Oklahoma

When you’re ready to learn how to shoot a gun, why settle for a shooting range that’s anything less than the best? After all, wouldn’t you prefer to hone your skills in a welcoming, top-quality environment that’s known for being an Oklahoma City favorite?

H&H Shooting Sports is proud to be one of the best shooting ranges in Oklahoma City, thanks to our commitment to delivering an excellent experience for every single guest – beginning and advanced shooters alike. With 61 total shooting lanes, a well-stocked retail store, on-site café, and dozens of firearms for rent, there’s no place quite like our Oklahoma shooting range. Best of all? We don’t charge by the hour, so you can spend as much time as you’d like practicing your shot. You’ll be a seasoned shooter who knows their way around the best guns in the business in no time.

No reservations are needed, so stop by H&H Shooting Sports whenever you’re ready to practice your shooting skills. We’re open seven days a week, with shooting range lane rentals, private classes and lessons, retail shopping, and more for you to check out.

Learn an important life skill by mastering gun safety and shooting basics by visiting the shooting range at H&H Shooting Sports today!

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October Sales Event – 2020

Don’t miss the October Sales event happening now at H&H Shooting Sports. You can pick up the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE 9mm for $369.99 or the Springfield XD-M Elite 9mm for only $499.99

Also be sure to check out our optics department for 10% OFF all Leupold Scopes, 25% OFF all Nikon Scopes, and the Sig Sauer Romeo-MSR Red Dot Sight with 20,000+ hour battery life is on sale for $104.99

Be sure to head into our Safe Department this month where we are introducing our newest line of safes from Winchester Safes. Take 10% OFF all Winchester Safes during the month of October!

Check out all of our October sales and specials in our 4 page sales ad below!

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Check out our sale items for the month of September! Each month we put together some of our top deals on the guns & gear throughout the store and offer them with a special discount all month long. Along with these H&H Deals you can also find info on new items in the store. Next time you’re in store pick up your copy or check out the digital copy below!

H&H Shooting Sports is Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear.

Come in during the month of September to get the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 M2.0 9mm compact with three 15 round magazines for $549.99

Check out the Beretta 92 FS Compact 9mm is now on sale for $599.99

And the FN FNS 9C Compact 9mm with 3 magazines and night sights is only $569.99

The September Sales Event has something for everyone!

Be sure to head into our Archery Pro Shop this month before the opening day of Archery Deer Season on October 1st, we can make sure you are ready for opening day! Get 10% OFF all SKB bow cases, 10% OFF all Carbon Express Arrows, 10% OFF all Rage Broadheads  and take 10% OFF all Trophy Ridge Accessories.

Check out all of these offers and more in our monthly sales flyer below.

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Check out our sale items for the month of August! Each month we put together some of our top deals on the Guns & Gear throughout the store and offer them with a special discount all month long.

Gear Up with savings this month at H&H Shooting Sports on firearms, knives, optics & more! The August Sales Event has something for everyone!
H&H Shooting Sports is Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear. We have the largest selection of firearms in the state. We offer classes and private shooting lessons for every skill level. 
Dont Miss the  specials in our Archery Pro Shop! The Mission Radik Bow package is perfect for youth archers! Double your Winchester Trophy Season Rebates in August at H&H!
Join us in the 4U Cafe for our delicious grilled onion burgers, and hand battered onion rings! Double your Browning Bucks rebate during the August Sales event at H&H Shooting Sports, located just off I-40 & Meridian in OKC.



Its that time of year again, time to vote for your favorite people, places, and things, the 2020 Readers Choice Awards. These awards celebrate and recognize the best our community has to offer, and we would be honored if you would vote for us as the 2020 Readers Choice. Votes can be placed between June 21st and June 29th.


Below we have listed a step by step guide to vote for H&H Shooting Sports. http://oklahoman.com/readerschoice

1. Go to The Oklahoman

2. Scroll down and click on the Readers’ Choice Awards to vote for the 2020 Reader’s Choice Award.


3.  Find H&H Shooting Sports in the flowing Categories:

Shopping (Local Retail) A-D

Shopping (Local Retail) N-Z

4. VOTE!

Vote for Archery in Shopping Local Retail A-D

Vote Shooting Ranges and Sporting Good Store in Shopping Local Retail N-Z

You can vote once daily! Vote Early, Vote Often! If there was an award for having the best guests we would win that one too!

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June 2020 Sizzlin Summer Sales Event

Each month we put together some of our top deals on the guns & gear throughout the store and offer them with a special discount all month long. Along with these H&H Deals you can also find info on new items in the store. Next time you’re in store pick up your copy or check out the digital copy below!

H&H Shooting Sports has the HOTTEST prices on the COOLEST Guns & Gear this summer.  Get the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 M2.0 for only $469.99 – And the Walther CCP M2 9mm is on sale for $369.99 And don’t miss the HK VP-9 Optics Ready 9mm for $669.99

The Savings and Selection are heating up during the Sizzlin Summer Sale at H&H Shooting Sports – Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear

Check out all of these offers and more in our monthly sales flyer below.

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Save in May Sales Event – May 2020

At H&H Shooting Sports we appreciate your continued support. We are open and ready to serve you.

Starting Friday May 1st, we take our first steps in starting to get back to normal. Both the archery and firearms ranges will be open, and the retail floor will be open for browsing! We will keep practicing the social distancing measures in order to reduce risk for everybody. We will adjust our store hours to 10 AM to 8PM Monday – Saturday and 10AM to 6PM on Sunday. 

We have shipments of guns and ammo arriving daily. Get the Beretta M9A3 in black or FDE with 3 magazines and tritium night sights for $879.99 – And just in time for mothers day take 20% off all concealed carry purses including purses from Gun Toten Mama’s. Check out all of our May Savings in our 4 page ad listed below! 

Only at H&H Shooting Sports, Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear, located just off I-40 & Meridian in OKC –

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It is time to Spring Into Savings at H&H Shooting Sports with the April Sales Event. Gear up for spring with savings on rifles, shotguns, and handguns. 

Stop into H&H where you can get the FN 509 9mm with night sights , magazines and a FN range bag all for $549.98

H&H also has the Del-Ton Echo 556 AR-15 on sale for $474.99. Also don’t miss the bulk pack special on one hundred and fifty round boxes of Winchester green tip 5.56 for $71.98

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We Are an Essential Business

Dear H&H Shooting Sports Customers,

Our top priority during the recent national crisis has been the safety and welfare of our customers and staff. To follow CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 virus we have made many changes to our operation including limiting our hours, increasing our cleaning and sanitizing procedures and limiting the amount of people in our store at one time.

In response to the latest ‘Safer At Home’ order issued by Governor Stitt on Tuesday, March 24th we will be taking additional action to limit the non-essential areas of our business. We have decided to cancel all upcoming training and group classes. At no point will we allow gatherings of 10 or more people. Additionally our archery shooting ranges will be closed to the public, with the firearms range open with limited availability and social distancing measures in place.

Our firearms and ammunition sales will remain open, with a maximum of 10 people allowed in to make purchases at one time. We have made this decision as we believe that access to firearms and ammunition falls within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines as being essential and critical to the public safety.

We will adjust our operating hours to Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm. During our reduced operating hours there will be no lines, people will check in at the door, leave a phone number and then wait in their car until called to enter the store. They will be limited to making their purchases and filling out their paperwork before being asked to wait in their cars again while the background check is processed. We will then call the customer with the results. Social distancing measures will be enforced at all times.

We believe in the second amendment and that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. We plan to continue fulfilling our responsibility to our community and to the people that want to protect themselves.

Please direct any inquiries to us via email at ContactUs@HHShootingSports.com and we will respond as promptly as we can, in the order in which they are received.

We appreciate your continued support and patronage. We will be here to support and help protect our fellow Oklahomans.

H&H Shooting Sports

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For nearly 40 years, a huge part of what we do every day at H&H is helping families protect themselves and providing the community with a gathering place for like minds to come together. The current situation we all find ourselves in has required many changes for all of us over the last few weeks.

Many of these changes, issued in the form of recommendations and mandates implemented by Federal, State, County and City authorities are designed to restrict or reduce face to face interactions between individuals. However, we are actually seeing an increase of activity at our store and range facility. We feel by continuing to allow unrestricted access to our store and range we are not working within the spirit of these guidelines. The last thing we want is to be responsible for the increase in COVID-19 infections in our community. H&H wants to help flatten the curve of this pandemic.

With that in mind effective Saturday, March 21, we will be limiting the number of customers in the store at one time, according to CDC guidelines. We also request customers practice safe social distancing while in the store.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation, evaluate, and update our practices as circumstances change. We look forward to getting back to normal activities and serving our community with a place where friends and family can train and socialize.