Guns have always been a part of my life. My dad owned and worked at several different sporting good and gun stores while I was growing up. We went shooting and hunting whenever we had the chance. Guns were tools, and like most powerful tools, they can be a lot of fun to use if you treat them with respect, maintain them, and always keep safety in mind.
In the last few years I have had a number of friends come to me asking for advice on getting a gun or for a shooting lesson. I don’t know if this is a trend or not, but it became really clear to me that shooting and gun ownership can be very intimidating to people who aren’t familiar with them. My plan here on NWGUN is to write a set of blog posts covering the basics for people who may not be “gun people” already. Hopefully it will help convince some new people to go and try shooting for the first time.
If you have never handled a gun before and want to experience what I believe is the greatest deal in the Northwest, head to the Kenmore gun range in Bothell Washington on the 2nd or 4thweekend of the month with $50 and a sack lunch. The range provides the hearing and eye protection, the instructors, the guns, and the ammunition. The class covers everything from safety, to shooting, to cleaning the gun. Pistols are taught on the 2ndweekend of the month, and rifles take up the 4th weekend. Each 2 day course includes 14 hours of instruction with certified NRA instructors. For the price, I think anyone would benefit from these classes. I haven’t had a chance to get up there and take the classes myself, but I did get a chance to meet one of the instructors. I can’t see how you could go wrong with two days of shooting someone else’s guns and ammo for $50. If I find a free weekend to take the class, I will post a review.
Advanced registration is required, so please call the Kenmore Rangemaster at 425-481-8686 before you show up. If you want to see a full list of their incredibly well priced classes, visit their website. If you know of a better deal, please share.