3 Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Firearms
In America, about a third of all people either own a gun or there is someone living in their home that does, according to the Pew Research Center. However, if you have spent your life avoiding guns and have never owned or handled one yourself, it doesn't really matter how common gun ownership is; it doesn't change your apprehension. If there ever comes a time when you feel it necessary to have a gun of your own, you will be forced with facing your fears, but how do you do that? Here's a look at a few things you can do to overcome your fear of firearms.
Have someone you know bring an unloaded firearm to your home.
If you know someone who does own a firearm, ask if they will bring it to your home (unloaded of course) so you can get used to seeing it, holding it, and having it around. Part of facing your fears is getting over the whole idea that the firearm itself is somehow an intimidating thing. Once the firearm is in your home, get used to seeing it as it is; a piece of metal. Learn to hold the firearm, learn to feel comfortable with the firearm, and learn to feel the firearm in your hand without fearing it.
Head to a shooting range to take some lessons.
Most indoor shooting ranges have on-site professionals who are specifically there to help educate users about the ins and outs of using a firearm. Once you have grown comfortable with holding a gun, go to a shooting range and ask what they have available for people looking for instruction. Sometimes, all it will take is a little hands-on instruction for you to get used to the whole idea of having a firearm of your own.
Hone your skills with the firearm at the shooting range.
The more you use the weapon, the more you will feel comfortable about doing so, and, therefore, the less you will feel apprehension about the firearm at all. If you have taken the initiative to be trained to shoot, don't stop there. Make several trips to the shooting range—even on a weekly basis if necessary. Do so until you don't feel that bit of fear rising in your stomach every time you pick up the gun. Of course, the firearm should always be respected and handled like something of importance, but you do want to get over the fear of holding and shooting the gun on your own.
Contact a company, like BluCore Shooting Center , for more help.