Firearms are used as a tool for personal defense, as well as, recreation. However, considering the fact that a gun is a deadly weapon, firearm safety rules should always be observed. No matter whether you’re a novice shooter or a seasoned professional, handling firearm is a big responsibility. Everyone knows the implications of a single bullet hitting a human being. Therefore, observing firearm safety rules and precautions are important as these weapons are designed to kill or wreak serious physical injury. Always make sure to follow below-mentioned gun safety rules and tips to protect your loved ones, your property, your rights, as well as yourself.
1. Unload Firearms When Not In Use
Always unload firearms and ammunition when not in use and keep them secured in a safe place, separate from each other. A responsible shooter makes sure to load firearms only before shooting in the field or on the target range or shooting area. An experienced gun handler always checks if the gun is loaded or unloaded and never make blind assumptions.
2. Point the Muzzle in a Safe Direction
The most basic safety rule is to never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. Always consider chances of possible ricochets and remember that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings. You should never point the gun at an unsafe target because unintentionally a bullet can strike anyone. Pointing the muzzle in a safe direction is most crucial when you’re loading or unloading a firearm.
3. Never depend solely on your Gun’s “Safety”
At last, your gun is only a mechanical device, so it’s better to treat it as if it can fire at any time. A common handling error is carelessly assuming that the gun won’t fire just because the “safety is on.” Never mistake to believe that the “safety” is on when it might be actually “off.” The trigger should be touched only when you intend to shoot. Remember, even without touching the trigger, any blow or jar strong enough to actuate the firing mechanism of a gun can cause it to fire.
4. Know Your Bullet Range and Your Target
Before you shoot, it is very important to know how far a bullet can travel and consider the chances of ricochets in another direction. Educate yourself well about the bullet range, such as shotgun pellets can travel 500 yards, shotgun slugs have a range of over half a mile, and a high-velocity cartridge, such as a 30-06, is capable of sending bullet more than 3 miles.
5. Use Correct Ammunition
Using correct ammunition also plays a vital role in proper firearm handling. Make sure to read and follow all warnings and instructions given in the gun’s instruction manual and on the ammunition boxes. Always use the ammunition which matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instruction manual.
Firearms manufacturers design manufactured and proof test factory loaded ammunition and follow industry-specific guidelines. Make sure to get proper gun handling training and firearms safety education to prevent accidents. Wrong handling and incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun in addition to causing serious personal injuries.