With the current surge in the sales of firearms many people are becoming first time gun owners. Understanding the need to safely use and handle your firearms is of utmost importance and will contribute to a safe and enjoyable shooting experience. And, in doing your part in being a safe and responsible gun owner, it can only help to preserve and protect the rights of all gun owners.
Remember, shooting is a skill that can diminish, so practice and familiarity with your gun and it’s operating system is key to safe handling. Safely loading, unloading, holstering and unholstering or otherwise securing your gun are often the things that are most overlooked. I think many of you have experienced this at one time or another; a person at the range not practicing safe firearms handling. We have all seen and maybe have been the recipient of a muzzle sweep.
Every year accidental discharges occur and in almost all of those cases a finger has been on a trigger. These reported accidental discharges are no accident and in the vast majority of cases a finger has been on a trigger. Never accept or hand off a loaded gun. If you are handed a gun and told it is unloaded, always verify.
Remember too that a firearm is a mechanical device that needs cleaning and maintenance. Using the proper ammunition can prevent gun mishaps as well.
Here are the four basic rules to firearm safety and regardless of your skill level they apply everytime you handle a gun:
1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger, out of the trigger guard, until you are pointed at the target and ready to shoot.
4. Be certain of your target and what is beyond it.
Follow these rules each and every time you pick up a weapon whether it is to inspect, load or unload, and clean and you will have many years of safe and enjoyable shooting.
Here are some excellent links to learn more on firearm safety.