One of the early scenes in The Infinite Moment of Us, has Wren visiting a shooting range with her best friend Tessa, and P.G., Tessa's new boyfriend. Although Wren doesn't like guns; she "hated their ugliness, and she hated what they did," she has a good time and finds the experience surprisingly thrilling and exciting. This unexpected reaction is part of her developing independence and self-awareness. The understanding of guns and their potential adds to the intensity of the climactic action scene.
P.G. is experienced with firearms and takes care to ensure the girls' safety, but he doesn't insist they take a recommended basic safety class prior to shooting. Seeing the allure and intrigue wrapped up in this experiment, teensor other first-time shootersshould be aware of gun safety guidelines as well as shooting range etiquette. It is worth adding that these rules are equally applicable wherever guns are handled, both in the range and outside of it.
In order to participate in shooting at a gun range, an individual needs to wear safety glasses and ear protectorswearing both ear plugs and ear muffs is recommended. In addition, familiarity with the specifics of the weapon is a crucial requirement.
Once on the range, a shooter needs to follow these basic safety rules:
In addition, here is a video demonstrating these rules and what to expect at a shooting range:
Picture of woman at indoor shooting range from Wikipedia.com. Indoor Shooting Range at Sarasota, FL. Taken by Kenn.
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