A Beginner’s Guide to Gun Safety
There are rules to owning a gun that must be followed. Without these rules, the result would be catastrophic.
Your Fingers should be Away from the Trigger at All Times
Your gun can go off if you pull the trigger with the safety on due to malfunction. Therefore, always put your fingers away from the trigger if you’re not going to fire the gun. When you unload or reload your gun, turn on the safety and put your fingers away from the trigger.
As you turn on the safety, make sure it goes all the way to the other side. Pushing the safety button halfway is unsafe. If the safety is not completely turned on, strong winds can pull the trigger and cause it to fire.
Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Neutral Direction
Your gun’s muzzle should be pointed away from people or things you don’t intend to shoot. As a safety precaution, keep the muzzle pointed downwards when you load and unload the gun.
The environment you’re in will determine where you point your gun. For example, if you’re in a building with tiled floors, it would be unwise for you to point the muzzle downwards because the bullet can bounce off the surface and hit someone if the gun goes off by accident. The same goes for walls and ceilings made from hard materials.
If you’re going to own a gun, you have to be responsible. Teach yourself to know where the muzzle is pointing at all times. That way, even if you accidentally fall, you can prevent a fatal accident by pointing the gun away from innocent targets.
Use Proper Ammunition
Your gun has an instruction manual to help you avoid accidents. Read the manual to familiarize yourself with the core elements of your weapon. Pay special attention to the type of ammunition that has to be used with the gun. If you use substandard bullets, the gun can blow up and seriously injure you. Therefore, don’t be tempted to buy cheap bullets because you don’t have enough money. You’ll spend more on hospital bills.
Sometimes, you can be given the wrong ammunition by mistake. To prevent accidents and misfires, take at least two seconds to confirm the bullet type before loading your gun.
Protect your Eyes and Ears
Guns are loud and can damage your eardrums without proper protection. Therefore, make sure you wear earplugs as you shoot the gun.
Some guns release harmful residues when you fire them. Protect your eyes from harmful debris by wearing protective glasses.
Wear protective glasses and earplugs before you handle the gun because anything can happen. For example, when you disassemble the gun to clean the barrel, tiny springs and gun powder residue can get into your eyes and cause irritation because you don’t have protective eye-wear.
Service your Gun
All machines made of mechanical parts are subject to wear and tear. Your gun is one of those machines. If you don’t service it regularly, wear and tear can lead to malfunctions and serious accidents.
When you finish using the gun, turn the safety on, remove the ammunition, and disassemble the gun for cleaning. Remove debris from the barrel and pour lubricant into those parts that need it.
Keep the Gun Unloaded
Unless you’re in danger and need to use your gun, keep the firearm unloaded and in a safe place at all times. The only time your gun should be loaded is if you’re using it. Before you leave the shooting range, unload the gun. Don’t walk to the car with a loaded gun because it’s dangerous.
To conclude, before you handle any firearm, learn the safety rules because once you shoot somebody by accident, there’s no taking back what you’ve done. Learn the fundamental rules listed above for your safety and others.