In our last blog, we talked about the unprecedented increase in firearm and ammunition sales across the country. With these record sales of guns and ammo over the past two months, 75-80% of these purchases were made by new gun owners.

With so many purchases made by people new to guns and shooting sports, Shooters Depot is recommending that the new gun owners take a basic safety class, so they are more comfortable with handling and shooting their new firearm. 

Our Basic Pistol Certification class is 1.5-2 hours. It is required to bring a semi-automatic or revolver handgun, 50rounds of ammunition, targets, eye and ear protection (rentals are available). This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a handgun safely. It is perfect for new gun owners or gun owners that have recently purchased a new type of gun or have never received formal training, especially gun owners interested in self-protection. In this class, an NRA-certified instructor will teach the rules for safe firearm handling, parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, sight acquisition, loading and unloading, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position, firearm cleaning, conceal carry and carry laws, and overall skill development.

Once new gun owners have completed the basic pistol certification course, they will know how to handle their gun safely, as well as break it down, clean their firearm, and then put it back together.

We also offer advanced classes including pistol certification, defensive shooting, and tactical carbine training. 

If you are interested in attending one of our courses, you can call Shooters Depot to get on the roster for one of our classes. We can schedule classes Monday through Saturday, so you can come to learn more about your new firearm at your convenience. We hope to see you soon!

You may have noticed if you’ve come into our brick and mortar store since March that our shelves are looking a bit bare. While our online store has still had a wide inventory, our store off of I-75 has been an in-person example of what is being experienced around the country over the past few months, since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Firearm retailers, like Shooters Depot, have been experiencing record sales during COVID-19.

According to the FBI, over 3.5 MILLION background checks took place in March. While this statistic isn’t directly correlated with gun sales, it does tell us that more guns were sold in March than ever before going back to 1998, when the background check system was put in place. 

According to USA Today, gun sales revenue in the United States is up 309%. However, the other statistic worth noting is that crime rates have also gone down. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, arrests have gone down 47% across the country, when compared to the previous month. We are grateful that the crime rates have not gone up alongside the increased firearms sales rates. While we have appreciated the influx of business, from new and returning customers, we want to remind all gun owners of the importance of gun safety and firearm storage. It is vital to store your gun locked up, with ammunition stored and locked separately. 

We appreciate your patience with us as our inventory has not been as full as normal. We have been working hard to track down specific firearms and ammunition as customers have reached out with requests, and our online store has been seeing record traffic. Thank you for your continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to seeing you at the range!

We all know that heading to the shooting range can be incredibly fun, but did you know that there are also some great health benefits of firing a gun?

Here are 3 health benefits that you experience from shooting at the range:

  1. Improving your eyesight - Your eyes experience fatigue throughout the day from looking at computers, phones, and tablets, which leads to stress on your eyes. When our eyes are staring at screens all day, the eye muscles are not working and can cause imbalances in your vision. Firing a gun at the shooting range can help you develop proper sight alignment and use all of the muscles in your eyes. 
  2. Gain physical strength - Firing a gun helps increase the strength in your arms and wrists. Because you have to hold the gun steady, your upper body will increase in strength and stability. Your core will also get stronger from your visits to the firing range. Since your shooting stance involves finding your center, remaining still, and keeping your weight balanced, your abdominals and lower back will be exercised and strengthened.
  3. Relief from stress - Time on the range can help clear your mind of the day, and for some, provides an almost meditative time when people can focus. Because you have to focus on safety and the routine of shooting, the range gives you time to get away from the other thoughts and stressors from earlier in your day.

The shooting range can help you strengthen your body and improve your eyesight. Also, you can use your time at the range to get away from the stressors of your day and calm yourself by focusing on something other than everything else going on in your life. If you are looking for a fun way to strengthen your body or need a new way to relieve your stress, check out our membership program