The Importance of Firearm Training

The Importance of Firearm Training

Gun ownership doesn’t stop at buying a gun. As Americans, we have the right to own a gun to protect our person, family, and property, but that right also comes with the responsibility of knowing how to use it. We at Calibers take that responsibility seriously, and want to educate gun owners about how to take firearm use and storage seriously as well. Are you confident in your level of gun training? Find out why investing in gun training creates a better environment for all of us.

Why Should You Invest in Training?

We don’t take gun ownership lightly, and neither should you. Why is it important to invest in a firearms training class?

It's your responsibility.

First and foremost, with great power comes great responsibility. As Americans, we are one of only three countries in the world with the constitutional right to own firearms. Having the ability to possess a lethal weapon means that we should know how to use and store it safely.

It increases the safety of yourself and your family.

When it comes to firearms, ignorance can cause severe and/or irreversible damage, especially in young and curious hands. Do you have little ones in your household? Approximately 4.6 million American children have access to at least one unlocked and loaded firearm. Tragically, this contributes to around 350 accidental shootings by youth in our country annually. Proper training and storage makes all the difference in preventing these types of accidents for you, your family, and your community. 

It protects your gun ownership rights.

None of us are strangers to tragedies in the news–whether accidental or malicious. When even one gun owner is irresponsible, it affects us all. Don’t contribute to the problem: make sure you know how to properly use and store your firearm so we can avoid further pushback against our 2nd Amendment right.

Did you know?

According to, nearly 380,000 guns are stolen from private owners each year. Protect your firearms. Shop at the Calibers Safe Store now.

Firearm Training Courses at Calibers

Don’t forget about the “learn” in our motto, “Shop. Learn. Play.” It’s our mission to educate prospective and established gun owners in a fun and safe environment. Calibers offers a wide range of gun safety courses, such as:

  • Handgun Courses:
    Learn the basics of handguns from A-Z. Become confident as you build solid foundations in owning a firearm. 
  • Women’s Only:
    Learn a strong foundation of self-defense tactics along with like-minded women. All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Concealed Carry:
    Our USCCA-certified courses not only satisfy the requirements of the State of New Mexico, but they help you to understand conflict-avoidance and situational awareness. It’s one of the best concealed carry classes you can find!
  • Private Lessons:
    Receive one-on-one tuition with one of our certified instructors. Each lesson is tailored to fit your needs.
  • Lunch and Learn:
    Receive an intro to firearm training during these bite-sized classes. The classes take place during traditional lunch hours, and we provide lunch.
  • Youth Camp:
    Safety starts here. This camp teaches the basics of firearm safety and shooting. Our NRA-certified instructors will guide your children through the principles of firearm safety and the proper response when finding an unattended firearm.

Basic Gun Safety

Gun safety is essential for keeping you, your family, and your community safe and healthy. There’s no replacement for attending a firearm safety course, but here are a few tips that are always handy to know.

  1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
    Always assume that your gun could fire at any time. Accidents can and do happen even when cleaning or transporting your weapon. Thinking your gun is empty can lead to accidental injury or death.
  2. Watch your trigger finger.
    It’s best to keep your finger away from the trigger until you’re sure you want to shoot. Until you’ve identified your target and have decided to shoot, keep your finger off the trigger.
  3. Keep your firearm unloaded when not in use.
    This is extra important if you have curious little ones in your household. Be responsible and ensure that all firearms are unloaded when they are not in use. Consider keeping your ammunition in a separate location to take it a step further.
  4. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
    Make sure to point a loaded gun somewhere neutral when you’re not aiming at your intended target. Of course, you need to be aware of your surroundings, but usually, the best practice is to hold the gun down, so that you point the barrel at the ground. Unfortunately, accidental discharges can happen, so gun owners should never point a gun at someone, even as a joke.
  5. Be aware of what’s beyond your target.
    When you’re at a shooting range like ours, you can feel confident that you’re shooting in a safe environment. However, it’s essential to know what lies beyond your target in other situations in case you miss or the bullet goes through. Always take the time to check what’s behind your intended target before you shoot.

Gun ownership comes with gun responsibility.

A firearm can be the ultimate equalizer when protecting your person or family, but it can also cause irreversible damage through completely avoidable ignorance. Firearm training protects your firearm ownership rights as well as your household. Be responsible. Be protected.
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