What to Wear to a Shooting Range

If it’s your first time going to a shooting club, it’s likely that you won’t know what you should and shouldn’t wear at the range. But don’t worry, there’s nothing fancy or overly expensive involved when choosing what to wear. This guide will walk you through the perfect outfit, fit for both indoor and outdoor gun ranges.

Tops

No matter the weather, it’s not a good idea to leave your arms exposed while at a shooting club. Wearing short sleeves or tanks tops will leave your skin exposed to the dangers of brass casings. As the brass casing of a bullet is expelled from the gun cartridge, it’s extremely hot. If it flies out and hits bare skin, it’ll burn. Which is why it’s a good idea to wear long-sleeved shirts with a high neckline to protect yourself as much as possible. Is it just too hot for sleeves? Then make sure it’s a thin long sleeve shirt, or have a change of clothes ready for after the range. And make sure it’s machine washable in case you get gunpowder or other residues on your clothing.

Bottoms

Again, as with wearing short-sleeves and tank tops, shorts and skirts leave your skin exposed and you’ll run the risk of getting burned. However, this choice also depends on where you’ll be shooting, whether or not the gun range is outdoors or indoors. If you’re going somewhere else before or after the range, consider wearing tactical pants or simple jeans, as those best accommodate several different scenarios. Shooting outside? Wear pants that are machine washable, depending on the kind of gun you’ll be using. If you’re on the ground with a rifle, you can expect them to get pretty dirty.

Footwear

Wearing comfortable shoes is key when shooting, as you’ll most likely be standing the entire time. Closed-toed shoes are a must, again, in regards to potential flying casings. If you’re concerned about lead exposure, keep a specialty pair of shoes that are used solely for the shooting range.

Other Gear

Ear and eye protection are necessary to prevent injury. Gunfire is incredibly loud and could easily damage your hearing permanently. Debris and other particles could fly into your eyes without the proper eye protection in place. These are simple add-ons that could make or break your experience.

If you have long hair, pull it back so it’s not falling into your eyes. This makes it easier to concentrate on your target. It also prevents additional lead or gunpowder from blowing back into your hair. For shorter hairstyles, wear a hat that won’t interfere with the placement of your protective wear. This option is recommended but not a requirement for having a safe and effective shooting experience.

At Phoenix Indoor Gun Range and Gun Shop, we’re open seven days a week and house over 80 guns of varying types. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Our staff will help out anyone that needs it, from beginners to experts. Make sure to visit our website to book a gun safety course, shooting appointment or to grab yourself a membership to Phoenix Indoor Gun Range.