Owning and handling a firearm is an IMMENSE responsibility.
A gun is a tool that, if mishandled, can obviously be extremely dangerous to you or those around you…
However, it IS absolutely possible (and very necessary) to handle firearms in a SAFE manner. Therefore, today I’m going to share with you the four primary rules of firearm safety.
So if you’re a new shooter or just trying to become more safe with your firearm, give me your full attention right now, and I’ll teach you the cardinal rules of gun safety…
Rule 1: All Guns Are Always Loaded!
I know what you’re thinking…That’s a lie!
Well, technically you’re correct. All guns are not always loaded… However, you need to treat every single gun as if it’s loaded ALL THE TIME!
There are no exceptions to this rule! Too many people have “known” their gun was empty, only to be surprised by a loud BANG! informing them that they were completely wrong about the condition of their firearm…
And all it takes is one accidental discharge to change your life forever in the worst of ways. So ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS treat every gun as if it’s loaded, even after you’ve cleared it several times.
This is the most fundamental of all firearm safety rules, and it provides the foundation for understanding the importance of all those that follow…
Rule 2: Always Point Your Firearm In A Safe Direction!
When you’re following Rule Number 1(treating your firearm as if it is loaded), you naturally need to point your gun in a safe direction AT ALL TIMES.
Now, if you’re out practicing your shooting, then the easiest and safest direction is always down range.
However, pointing a gun down range simply isn’t possible when you’re handling a firearm outside of a shooting range.
So, there are a few options that I want you to keep in mind when you’re trying to determine which direction is best to safely point your gun.
Depending on your situation, it might be best to point your gun toward the sky, but there are a couple of important factors to consider before doing this…
- You may endanger aircraft if they’re above you
- Any round that’s fired up, must eventually come down somewhere
If the sky is clear, then you don’t have to worry about hitting any aircraft. Additionally, if you’re in a remote area then it’s very unlikely that a round fired accidentally would come down and hurt someone.
Now, aside from pointing toward the sky, you can point your muzzle at the ground directly in front of you.
This is a very popular option for experienced shooters because you can do it nearly anywhere…
…but keep in mind, there are limited times when this might not be the best option.
For example, if you’re on the 2nd floor of a building with many people below you, pointing your muzzle down probably wouldn’t be the safest option available.
Prudence is absolutely necessary when handling a firearm. So, you’ll need to use your best judgment to determine the safest direction to be pointing your gun at any given time.
You NEVER want to point your gun at anything you are not prepared to destroy, and even allowing your muzzle to cross another person for a second is completely unacceptable.
Think of it like this… if your gun is never pointing at another person, it simply cannot do them any harm.
Rule 3: Keep Your Finger Straight And Off The Trigger!
One of the easiest ways to spot a person new to shooting is to watch them pick up their gun and immediately see their finger wrap around the trigger.
This is a very natural thing to do because the gun is set up for you to comfortably fire it by holding it that way.
But guns don’t magically go off on their own. They require manipulation of the trigger in order to fire, and if your finger is not touching the trigger, the gun cannot go off.
So The Question Arises…
Where should you keep your finger when you’re not shooting?
You keep your finger straight and press it above the trigger guard along the stock or frame of your firearm…
And later, once you’ve aligned your sights on target and made the conscious decision to shoot, you can lower your finger on to the trigger and press cleanly to fire your gun.
This is called finger discipline, and it’s a necessary habit that helps ensure the safe handling of your firearm.
Rule 4: Be Aware Of Your Target And What Lies Beyond!
Many people develop a sort of tunnel vision when they’re really trying to focus on something, like aiming at a target. But when you’re shooting, you need to be cognizant of what your target is and what’s going on behind it.
Some targets are simply not safe to shoot. For example, things that are extremely hard like big rocks and jagged metal can cause ricochets.
To be safe, you always want to stick to proper shooting targets such as paper targets, AR500 steel, and traditionally fun things that are not dangerous like soda cans and bottles.
Additionally, you need to pay attention to what lies beyond your target. You should always have some form of backstop like a berm or a hill that will catch all of your bullets…
That way you can be sure that every shot fired is landing is a safe place!
Use The Four Primary Rules Of Firearm Safety At ALL Times…
If you make the four firearm safety rules your first priority when handling a gun…
you’ll be able to stay completely safe and truly enjoy the hobby and sport of shooting.
And now that you understand the rules critical to gun safety, you need to learn how to properly shoot!
The best way to learn is, of course, by practicing…
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Farewell, and have fun on the range!