The Navy doesn’t have much of a gun culture. After spending years at Ft Campbell and Ft Bliss, imagine my surprise when I went to register my firearms on base in Millington (and to find their range), only to find out they don’t allow firearms on base at all. They don’t have a functional range, either.
The whole reason I got into the shooting sports at all was because I was irritated that the Navy hadn’t taught me anything about weapons and I was tired of having to do pistol quals without even a single practice round fired. They basically just hand you the M9 and say “now qualify”. I would just barely pass, but I knew I could do much better with just a little practice, and I was right.
When I was in boot camp (summer 2000) we used the Small Arms Marksmanship Trainer, which was a fake M-16 that “shot” a light beam at a special target, basically a less sophisticated version of Duck Hunt. I honestly think I got better training playing Silent Scope in the arcade on base during parent’s weekend than I did in that joke of a range. I understand that now they actually get to shoot a few rounds, but not enough to actually count as a qualification.
If you want to join the Navy and fire an individual weapon such as a pistol or a rifle then become a Marine or a Seal. They both are Naval units but they don’t chip have to chip paint. They only chip paint if they miss.