Firearm is one of the most important items in your arsenal against any kind of threat. Now that you got a gun for Christmas, you can use this for self-defense, but it can only keep you safe if you handle it safely.
Here are your essential safety tips as a gun owner.
- Take a training course. Be familiar with your gun; how to assemble and to disassemble; as well as the functions of all its parts.
- When not in use, unload your gun; unless you store your gun in a safe.
- Handle your gun carefully, even if unloaded as accidents frequently happen when someone makes mistakes.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Point your gun only at the object you intend to shoot.
- When not firing, keep your fingers off the trigger. You might be distracted and clench your finger accidentally firing a deadly shot.
- Your barrel must be free of obstruction. Never fire your gun without first checking the barrel for obstructions..
- Identify what you are aiming at. Never fire at something you have not seen completely. This is true for target practice, hunting, and especially a firefight.
- Don’t depend for your safety on the gun’s mechanism. Although your gun has a safety mechanism with protection feature; but it is not perfectly reliable.
- Protect your ears and eyes as firearms employ explosions that are harmful to the soft tissue of these senses.
- Always clean your gun, especially after each use. This allows for optimal firing conditions. Neglecting the cleaning process impedes the firing process affecting its safety.
- Use only the fire ammunition appropriate for your gun. Never use ammunition that is not for your gun.
- Watch out for expired ammunition. Although most ammunition is useful for an indefinite time with a pretty long shelf life; however, there are certain storage conditions favorable to its expiration.
- Take proper care each time you reload ammunition by always exercising the correct safety measures. If your gun misfires, aim your weapon at the target for another minute to ascertain if the problem is not a delayed fire.
- Always handle your gun properly. Be sure you know how your firearm operates. An essential firearm safety advice is to become familiar with your gun by reading the manual.
- Decide the type of gun you feel comfortable with. The weapon you feel most comfortable is the right weapon for you.
- Always take time to practice shooting as often as possible. It keeps your muscles in the proper shooting shape.
- Don’t shoot at hard surfaces including water. Targeting hard surface causes the bullet to ricochet and hurt you or other people. The same is true in water.
- Never shoot what you can’t see. Every year there are numerous deaths because some idiot shot at a sound or a movement.
- Educate everyone in the home about firearms safety – especially children. Make them understand that firearms are not toys!
- Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting. Firearm safety also includes your body and what you put in it.
- Never shoot a gun in celebration of the Fourth of July or New Year’s gunfire has become a firearm safety issue because of the stray bullets.
Gun owners must always be conscious of safety and proper use of firearms. Living up to these safety tips make them responsible owners of lethal weapons. Guns can mean life and death in dangerous times.