When you are going to handle or be around firearms, one of the most important things is keeping in mind gun safety. Improper handling and not following safety rules can result in accidental injuries or even death. For this reason, knowing how to be safe with guns should be a top priority no matter how experienced you are with weapons. Attend safety classes today.
The first aspect of gun safety is the safe handling of weapons. When you’re handling a weapon, you should always treat the gun as if it’s loaded even if it is not. The barrel of the gun should always be pointed away in a safe direction. Unless you’re absolutely ready to shoot your firearm, your finger should be away from the trigger. If you’re not planning on immediately shooting your weapon, keep it unloaded. When you plan to shoot, make sure that you have a solid target in mind and know what’s beyond it to ensure you’re not shooting something you don’t intend to destroy. When loading your gun, always use the correct ammo. Make sure that you’re carefully moving when you’re carrying a loaded weapon as you do not want to fall or trip and accidentally shoot the weapon.
If you’re planning on visiting a shooting range, there are a few things to keep in mind. Always practice the safety guidelines for handling your weapon. Make sure that you fully understand and follow all of the rules and regulations that may be in place at the shooting range. If there is a range master, make sure that you’re following his direction and paying attention to him at all times. The shooting bench should be where your gun is cased and uncased, not the safety line. The barrel of your gun should always be pointed down the range. Keep your safety on until you are ready to shoot your gun. When you’re going to be at a shooting range, you should always wear protection for your ears and eyes. Avoid shooting at any objects that may cause a ricochet or shooting at water.
If you decide to go hunting, make sure that you’re still following the safe handling rules. If there will be multiple people hunting in a group, one of the members should be designated as the person that ensures everyone is following the safety rules. When you’re in a group, everyone should know the shooting zones of all members. Always remain aware of where each member is. Be sure to unload your gun if you’re planning on climbing on or over anything to ensure it doesn’t accidentally go off. The scope of the gun should not be used as binoculars. If you accidentally fall, the biggest priority is maintaining control of the muzzle of the gun. After you’ve recovered you can check the gun for damage. If you are doubting a shot, it’s always better to skip it.
Guns can be capable of serious injury or death, but the risk is significantly lowered if you’re familiar with the gun safety rules for any situation that you may be in. Safety rules should be the first thing you learn, even before taking your first shot. No matter how comfortable you are around firearms, accidents can happen, although, the chance is slimmer when you know how to handle yourself when a gun is present.