Rob Pincus encourages you to take your family to the range, whether they are shooters or not. And it’s not just about turning them into shooters, though that would be a great benefit.
The Status Quo
Some of you have already taken your family to the range and perhaps have family members who are shooters. But others may be familiar with the scenario of going to the range alone or with friends, doing some defensive shooting practice or taking a firearms training course, then going home and telling your wife you had a great day, end of story. Your spouse and other family members don’t know much or anything about firearms. The main purpose of taking the family to the range is familiarization.
Bringing your family to the range is about educating them and acclimating them to exactly what happens when a gun is fired. The result is that, if a worst-case scenario happens inside your home, your family members won’t freak out just being in the presence of a gun.
Rob knows a lot of families who, out of all the people who live in the house, only one or two are comfortable with firearms. If this describes you, set up a safety trip to the range, a firearms familiarization trip, a basic range class, or just some casual shooting on, for example, national forest land, so people can get used to guns.
If your home is broken into during the night, in the stress and confusion of the incident, you don’t want family members to become distracted and agitated when you access your defensive firearm. This could disrupt your home-defense plans, and family members may not be able to follow your simple orders that will keep them safe.
Making your family comfortable around firearms will help keep them safe during a critical incident.