Since this will be my first blog on our new site here I thought what better subject to write about than Gun Safety. It is intended to make everyone safer by pointing out the basics of safe gun handling and storage. I know, you are thinking yea yea we all know about gun safety, but a little refresher course never hurts right?
1. Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
This is the most basic safety rule. If everyone handled a firearm so carefully that the muzzle never pointed at something they didn’t intend to shoot, there would be virtually no firearms accidents. It’s as simple as that, and it’s up to you. Make it a habit to know exactly where the muzzle of your gun is pointing at all times
2. Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use
Firearms should be loaded only when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area. This one has a grey area in my opinion as I always keep a handgun loaded on the nightstand when I’m sleeping. I also have it loaded when I am concealed carrying. I think common sence will need to be displayed on rule 2.
3. Treat every gun as if it is loaded
This one speaks for itself. Even if you are 110 percent sure the gun is unloaded, treat it as if it is loaded. We have all seen or heard the horror stories from police interviews where someone was shot and their excuse of “I thought it was unloaded”. Double check people!
4. Know your target and what is beyond it
Bullets can travel at extreme distances and can be deflected off of something as small as a twig. Always know what is beyond your target before squeezing the trigger. There’s no “do-over” or “undo” once that bullet leaves the muzzle.
5. Use the correct ammunition
This one should also speak for itself but I still hear stories of people accidentally putting the wrong cartridge in a gun.
6. Wear eye and ear protection
Fact is… guns are loud! Losing your hearing is not something you can go to the nearest drug store and buy medicine to fix. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. I had a .22 LR case failure where the cartridge blew the side of case opening sending fragments back in face. Luckily I only had a couple of small scratches with one being in the corner of my eye. From then on I always wear shooting glasses while shooting.
7. Never use alcohol or drugs before shooting
Another common sense rule. Never use alcohol or any type of impairing drugs before or during handling a firearm.
8. Keep your guns stored
Always keep your guns stored so that they are not accessible to unauthorized people or children.
9. Keep your firearms clean
Regular maintenance and care on your guns is just as important as it is with your vehicles. Taking care of your firearm will maintain its value and extend its life. Cleaning should especially be done on guns that have been stored for long periods.
Written by Zack Phillips, owner of www.shootersplus.com