Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Ohio

Women And Handgun Shooting Ohio OH

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Ohio, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Ohio, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Ohio?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Ohio who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Ohio. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Ohio

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Ohio and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Ohio, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Ohio that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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In The State of Ohio, a Constitutional Provision states:  “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.”

The Ohio constitution acknowledges the right to keep and bear arms. Ohio law provides very few additional restrictions on gun ownership and transactions than the restrictions provided by Federal Law. Ohio gun law relates mostly with the carrying and transportation of guns. In April 2004, Ohio's concealed carry statute went into effect. The law (Ohio Revised Code [O.R.C.] 2923.12, et seq.) allows persons 21 and older to receive a concealed handgun license provided that they receive a minimum of 12 hours of handgun training (10 hours of classroom instruction and 2 hours of range time) from a certified instructor, demonstrate competency with a handgun through written and shooting tests, pass a criminal background check, and meet certain residency requirements.

In researching all of the states CCW permitting procedures US Precision Defense staff all agree that the procedure that Ohio had adopted in one of the best in the county. It provides for both adequate class room and range time coupled with both written and shooting testing along with a criminal background investigation, These type of certification procedures assures that a CCW holder has good initial training and provides the public with the knowledge that the state is providing CCW permits at a high professional level. We supports all states that require adequate range shooting time and testing.

Currently, Ohio's concealed carry (CCW) law allows for reciprocity with other states with "substantially comparable" statutes, and to date Ohio has reciprocity with 23 other states. These states include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

US Precision Defense has a complete database of firearms instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths from all across the country. Go to our “home” page and see all the other features that that we offer to our membership. 

Open carry is lawful in Ohio and comes with less preliminary requirements than a concealed handgun licensee must go through in order to carry a firearm. However, open carry in Ohio by an individual who is not also licensed to carry a concealed firearm comes with many possible legal issues that must be clearly understood. Most notably is the fact that in order to enter any motor vehicle an individual who is in “open carry” must unload the firearm to be able to legally and properly transport it. A concealed handgun licensee is permitted to have a loaded handgun in a vehicle. With the recent adoption of restaurant carry in Ohio while open carry is "lawful" within a restaurant it is only permitted by a person who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. Walking into a Class-D establishment with a visible firearm and no license to carry is illegal in Ohio. It is imperative that one is very familiar with the law or you could face a fine or worse, be arrested.

Ohio is a traditional open carry state. Recently, the Ohio legislature passed HB-12 over Governor Taft’s veto, thus preempting all local open carry bans even in Ohio’s “home rule” localities. Unfortunately, despite passage of HB-12, a permit to conceal a firearm is still required to openly carry a handgun in a vehicle.

June, 2013: Republican lawmakers have introduced a new wave of legislation that would continue to expand gun rights in the state of Ohio. Among some of the proposed changes are measures that would allow public officials to carry firearms in the Statehouse and other "non-secured" public buildings, the measure would also ban law enforcement from melting down confiscated guns and it would also loosen the state's definition of what is an "automatic firearm."

The concealed carry (CCW) law in Ohio passed in 2004. By 2012, more than 250,000 Ohioans have Concealed Carry permits within the state.

In response to the ongoing debate in the US congress about gun control and the second amendment rights it appears that the 88 different Sheriffs Offices in Ohio have quite a difference of opinion which can all be found on their individual websites, you are encouraged to do your research to see how your local Sheriff plans to protect your second amendment rights.

US Precision Defense maintains an on-line store, reciprocity maps, and a members only section with shooting reports and videos.