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April 12, 2024

Firearms Safety & Training: A Foundation of Responsible Gun Ownership

Safety is the core of responsible gun ownership and education is where the foundation of safe gun ownership all begins.  The majority of all accidents can be prevented with proper education and training.  Whether you are new to firearms or an experienced shooter, a strong foundation in this knowledge is crucial.  In this blog, we will explain the significance of firearms safety and talk about the course that we offer at Scot’s to start your education process.  We will also provide useful resources to help you on your journey to becoming a competent, knowledgeable and safe firearms owner.

Responsible gun ownership starts with understanding the importance of  firearms safety.  The correct handling and storage of guns is crucial to ensuring  the safety of your family members, friends and self.

When working with firearms, there are two things that we must be concerned with: safety and storage.  Knowing how to properly handle and store guns involves with becoming familiar with your firearms specific features, mechanisms, and following the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.  Improper handling and storage can lead to accidents that can have tragic and deadly outcomes.  In order to achieve the goals listed above, muzzle awareness and trigger finger discipline are the two most critical concepts to keep in mind.

Handgun shown with hearing protection and safety glasses

The 4 Primary Rules of Firearms Safety

  1. Muzzle Awareness- always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Trigger finger discipline- keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot the weapon.
  3. Treat all guns as though they are loaded and know the status of all of your firearms.
  4. Always be sure to identify your target and its surroundings.

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At Scot’s Sporting Goods we offer a course taught by Veteran Firearms and Training, which not only teaches the basics of firearms safety, but meets the requirements in the State of Colorado to apply for a Concealed Weapons Permit.

Concealed Carry Permit Class

NRA Basic Pistol – $125 per person:
This three-hour course is designed to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using your pistol safely and fulfills the
requirements for obtaining a concealed carry weapon permit in Colorado.
Class includes:
· Student Packet with Colorado Laws
· Basic Handgun Tactics Course Instruction
· The class takes approx. 3 hours
In the Classroom we will cover
· Rules of Gun Safety
· Types of handguns
· Types of Ammunition
· Carry Methods
· Selecting the Right Gun
· Criminal law
· Concealed Carry Permits
· How to Apply
· Defense Mindset
· Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship
· Getting Your New Handgun Range Ready
· Live Fire Exercise (Use of Laser Pistols, No Weapons Allowed on Site)
Contact Scot’s Sporting Goods
[email protected]
or Jim Whitlow
(Certified NRA Instructor)
at 303-229-1310

Veteran Firearms and Training also offers live fire training, one on one personal instruction courses on safety and use of firearms in many different applications. For those wishing to enhance their skills for self defense more advanced courses are also offered that can provide intensive instruction on tactical shooting techniques, situational awareness and decision making skills under stressful conditions.  These course focus on real life scenarios and teach the student on how to effectively use firearms for personal protection.

Fostering responsible gun ownership through these courses is paramount to preventing accidents and increasing one’s knowledge.  By understanding the importance of safety and exploring the training options offered through Scot’s Sporting Goods and Veteran Firearms and Training one can be prepared for anything that might arise in the future. Stay safe and informed and enjoy your journey to responsible gun ownership.




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