Learn the basic principles of safe gun handling by getting together for a free hour of one on one instructions
Many people are first-timers and have never touched a firearm let alone fired one. In this free introduction all you have to do is pay for the ammunition and range time. This will help to give you a familiarization of handguns and some confidence. You do not need a firearm or FOID card.
Our time will cover the basics of handgun safety and actual shooting time with a state licensed concealed carry instructor. We can help answer all types of question from holsters, type of guns or anything else you have wondered about. This is an excellent way to see if this is something you want to continue to learn about and the overwhelming majority do.
The main 3 safety rules are
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.