Some of the helpful suggestion that I would have for the first time shooter would be: 1. Just because everyone at the matches beats your score, don't give up. With enough time and practice you can become as good as the best if you work at it. 2. If you are thinking of buying your own cowboy style guns make sure that what you buy is somthing you have another use for if in case you don't enjoy cowboy action shooting then at least it won't sit in your gun area just gathering dust and rust. 3. As a general rule most matches I have been to require that both your pistol and rifle be loaded with ammo containing lead bullets so as to protect both you and any spectators from the danger of a jacketed round being deflected back from a steel target (lead ammo will deflect slivers back so eye protection is a requirement as well). 4. It is also a good idea to bring some sort of ear protection whether it be muffs or plugs as after a day of shooting with nothing for protection I can say that your ears will ring for quite some time to come. 5. Never under any circumstances should you load any of your guns until instructed to do so by the Range Officer or the person in charge of running the match you are attending. 6. As a rule of thumb most matches I have attended only allow 5 rounds to be chambered in a 6 shot revolver to avoid the chance of a accidental firing of the 6th round in the cylinder which is under the hammer. 7. When loading 5 rounds into a six shot revolver all you do is load one chamber, skip the next one, then load the other four. If done this way the empty cylinder will always be the one to line up with the hammer and you will have an empty chamber which has no chance of firing.
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