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First the good news during a tough time. As a result of the declaration of a national emergency, America now has thousands, maybe tens of thousands of new gun owners. Not just owners of new guns…people who are new to gun ownership.

Whether that translates into more support for gun rights down the road is a matter of debate (see this post if you want to discuss the point). We certainly hope so.

The bad news, though, is that very few of those new gun owners can get out to shoot their new guns at a range, let alone take a basic safety or marksmanship 101 type of class. Like most of us, they’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future.

That doesn’t mean, however, that they can’t do some things to prepare themselves for success before they ever fire a live round.

YouTube has thousands of training videos — some good, some not so much — that new gun owners can watch. There are also plenty of at-home drills (dry fire practice) to start learning the basics of safe gun handling, the proper grip and good trigger finger position.

Here are five short videos to get you started, beginning with the late, great R. Lee Ermey and Team GLOCK going over the Four Rules of Firearm Safety.


Once you have that down, you need to know how to properly grip your new handgun.


Getting the right grip on your gun is good, but trigger finger placement is important, too.


“Dry fire” practice is something every gun owner can do at home at any time. It costs nothing and is a great way to improve your shooting from the comfort of your own home.


Finally, here’s a dry fire drill you can do to improve your grip and trigger pull. If you can’t put an empty cartridge or a penny on your gun’s front site, try putting one on top of the slide.

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    • Well, then get a normal dining room table. You might surprise yourself and discover you have talent after all. Or, can accomplish a task any 3 year old can do.
      Do us all a favor and stick with nerf guns.

        • Baron Von Savant, you are right and Drew deserves better. My apology to Drew. The instructor in the video is an ass. It was over kill and ridiculous for the instructor to instruct laying the case or a coin on the “sight.” A complete waste of time the students paid for. You merely have to lay a coin on the slide behind the sight and not on
          the sight itself. My advice is to do your research before handing over your hard earned money to phonies like this instructor in the video.

    • Drew, I owe you an apology with explanation. Please read my apology and explanation under Baron Von Savant just one or two below. Enjoy the shooting sports and hopefully as soon as this lock down is over you enroll into a certified training course. I recommend an NRA Basic course and not the common fly by nights as in the video.

    • Egad. Everyone on the YewToobz is coming up with some new angle to vie for clicks.

      I should start a channel using a sock puppet for an instructor…with macaroni eyebrows.

      “Yuk, yuk, yuk! Hey there, kids! It’s time for Mr. Poopie’s daily range tips!”…

      • That is the CEO of Black Rifle Coffee…. it is a joke about what you speak about. He was an SF (Green Beret) Soldier. They do not take life too seriously, they have seen the worst of people already. And they make good coffee.

        • Hmm. If that’s true, then I’m not as impressed as I would have otherwise hoped I would be, considering he’s from Black Rifle Coffee. The vid wasn’t funny in the slightest. Not even 1 out of 5 stars.



    AMEN .

    • I saw a competitor in front of me fire two more rounds after a squib with a .357 S&W during IPSC match. He was obviously wondering why he missed steel target and kept shooting before RO could stop him.

      35 rounds would require at least two mag changes. Some people are living proof of the idiots out there. I dislike the idea of compulsory training for firearms but some people make it hard to argue against.

  2. What’d really be cool for a new gunm owner is if for every gunm you bought you’d get a box of primer only, well maybe a paper bull at ,something to get it to feed but non toxic and the new owner could monkey around until they had an accidental discharge. I’ve found It teaches safe gunm handling”Oh sheeot my Trinitron, well how bout that, no hole in the wall.”

  3. Stop being a pussy and watch Thunder Ranch. Seriously. I think every new gun owner needs to be broken off their safety bubble with the mindset that someone like Clint will put you in. Just a 2 minute video of him should mentally prepare someone for the violence that is self defense. If not, take your shit back and get a can of bear spray. The best video I can recommend people watch is not the “how to” shit, but the “home invasion tactics” shit. And clint breaks it down barney style, not trying to turn new gun owners into Special Forces.


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