The Importance of Learning About Gun Safety

Besides being fun devices for recreational activities such as hunting, guns should be considered very dangerous. Before you operate a gun, you should always follow the cardinal rules religiously. Here is what you need to know about handling a firearm safely.

•    Point the muzzle in a safe direction at all times. That way, if there is accidental or intentional discharge, nobody will be harmed. When determining the safest direction, you should take into consideration, humans and animals to avoid any accidents. When you’re carrying the gun, you should control the muzzle angle and direction, especially when traveling or walking. That way, there are no accidents when you stumble.

•    You should always assume that the gun is loaded before picking it up. On the other hand, even when you know the gun is unloaded, you should triple check it thoroughly before pointing it at people, to make sure that it’s completely unloaded.

•    Your finger should always be off the trigger. That way, you can prevent accidental discharges when the trigger is pulled. If you’re using a pistol, you can rest your finger above the trigger, the index point. If you’re using guns or rifles, remove your hand from the trigger area entirely. Don’t rely heavily on the safety mechanism on the gun because it can always fail resulting in an accidental discharge. For the guns without safety mechanisms, an inexperienced user shouldn’t be trusted with them. You should only place your finger on the trigger once you have aimed at the target and actually intend to shoot.

•    When shooting, you should be entirely sure of your target and everything that might be downrange. Note that, some bullets might go through the target and everything behind. Keep in mind that bullets can strike the target, bounce, ricochet and change direction. Therefore, you should have an eye on everything surrounding the target.

•    When handing the firearm to someone else, it should be completely unloaded. Check the chamber and the magazine to make sure of this. If someone hands you a firearm, you should also confirm that it’s completely unloaded.

•    Make sure you’re using the proper ammunition for your gun. Using the wrong ammunition can damage and destroy your gun as well as cause serious harm or death to the gun holder or other individuals around.

•    When shooting a gun, you should have the right eye and ear protection. It might not be necessary for a person handling small caliber guns, but it is highly recommended. The sound might not cause any pain but it might damage your hearing. For the large caliber guns, you should always have ear protection, especially if you’re using the guns for an extended period of time.

•    Finally, if the gun doesn’t fire when you pull the trigger, you should be very cautious. Try a second time and if it doesn’t work, you should check the magazine carefully and remove the round from the chamber. The dud cartridge should be placed in a safe place especially if it detonates later on its own.