Take a Newbie Shooting (Open Source Defense)

Yesterday I wrote about a new source of information about guns in America, written from a gun rights perspective, Open Source Defense.

One aspect of their work that I neglected to mention was the dedicated page on their website called “Take a Newbie Shooting.”

As you can see from the screen cap above, it has two options: one for the newbie shooter and one for the teacher of the newbie. The text for the newbie shooter is brief and instructive, and a few videos are linked to give the newbie shooter an idea how to use pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

I love this aspect of Open Source Defense’s site because one of the three main takeaways from my talk at the National Firearms Law Seminar last spring was that people interested in advancing gun culture should promote the act of shooting whenever possible.

From “Gun Culture 2.0, or How a Liberal Professor Became an Armed American,” video at: https://youtu.be/k_b9HIrjrAY

As I said then and have said on a couple of occasions on this site, shooting is fun (and more fun). But for someone outside of gun culture, the barriers to shooting can be high. Open Source Defense does a little bit to lower that barrier.

3 thoughts on “Take a Newbie Shooting (Open Source Defense)

  1. Thanks again Dr. David. I noticed the picture of “Takeaway #2” with the two young shooters posing with their guns and target. They are still wearing their ear gear, which makes me think that they are still near the shooting line ON the gun range somewhere. I don’t know if their is a modern flexibility to the rules when taking pictures, but I can’t be at any gun range that has rules and regulations, that EVER allow a firearm to point anywhere but down range, in hand or sitting on a able. Also the young man on the right is not practicing the “finger discipline” that the guy on the left is doing. Am i nitpicking here? Some may say,”just move on, nothing to see here,” or “get a life,” or maybe some expletives just telling me I’m a loser! But there is a statistical-reason why there is the FOUR SAFETY RULES (some say 5 rules) and that is ……..people die all the time from one or more of these rules not being adhered to 100%, 100% of the time!


    • Thanks for your comment and totally fair points. You are correct that you can never be too safe. The young man on the right with his finger in the trigger guard was an exchange student from Argentina we took to the range. To be honest, when I saw that picture I thought, “Crap, I can’t use that picture.” But it captured a reality that I didn’t want to sanitize. We were already done shooting, had unloaded and shown clear, and were on our way home. You can see my son on the left has his hearing protection up and his backpack on. Still, I could have done better and I learned from the experience. I have gotten alot of great safety advice from other shooters over the years (see, e.g., https://gunculture2point0.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/gun-safety-lessons-from-a-firearms-professional/) and never take offense at people pointing out where I could have done better. Thanks again.


  2. I’ve taken many newbies shooting over the years. This is the first thing I teach all my first-time students:

    “If all your knowledge of firearms comes from the popular media (movies, TV, fiction books, newspapers, etc.), practically everything you think you know about them is _wrong_. Wipe it out of your minds and we’ll start fresh.”

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