I picked up my very first firearm last month- a 4" XD 40S&W. I've done hours of reading, have gone through the very brief manual two dozen times so far and dry-fired it a couple dozen more- but it's time to get some experiential education. I may have found some time to get to the Rabbit Creek Range this coming week or weekend to finally try it out for the first time. Besides the obvious rules of handgun safety, is there any firing range etiquette or "unspoken" rules that I should know about? I'm not too worried about looking like a newbie cause I am what I am and understand that I've got to get through the learning curve, but the more information I have before I go the more comfortable I'm going to be with the whole process.
Second question: if my work schedule does not allow me to get to the range during open hours, my patience is not going to last. Is there anything wrong with hiking into a part of the Chugach that is not frequented by people early one morning and squeezing off a dozen or so rounds just to get my first time out of my system? I don't want to break any laws, but don't know what they are in regards to that. Any thoughts would be appreciated.