Guns need to be handled well and education around firearms are an essential part of ensuring safe and responsible gun ownership.
Whether you’ve no real history of using a gun or are about to take a comprehensive concealed carry class – these tips will help you.
So, be guns safe and read our 13 essential tips on gun safety you need to always remember.
- 1). Store Your Gun When It Is Unloaded
- 2). Always Handle It As If It Is Loaded
- 3). Point Your Gun When You Want To Shoot
- 4). Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger If You Are Not Firing
- 5). Keep The Barrel Free From Obstructions
- 6). Understand Your Target
- 7). Avoid Depending On Your Gun’s Safety
- 8). Wear Eye and Ear Protection
- 9). Become Familiar With Your Gun
- 10). Clean Your Gun Regularly
- 11). Use Recommended Ammunition
- 12). Ensure The Ammunition Isn’t Expired
- 13). Exercise Caution When Reloading Your Ammunition
1). Store Your Gun When It Is Unloaded
It is best to keep your gun unloaded when storing it, but you can opt not to unload it if you keep it in a safe. Also, ensure the ammunition is close enough to allow you to load the gun during emergencies such as a break-in – a speed loader might come in handy if your piece is a revolver. Never leave your gun in your dresser drawer on or on the top to avoid ugly scenarios.
2). Always Handle It As If It Is Loaded
You might religiously unload your gun before storing it, but you also should handle it as though it is loaded. Accidents can happen when you are confident the firearm is not loaded, and you might handle another’s gun using the same assumption. Mistakes can happen, especially in survival situations. Thus, it is best to be safe than sorry.
3). Point Your Gun When You Want To Shoot
Exercise caution whenever handling your gun, even if you think it is unloaded. Avoid pointing it at things or anyone. Experts recommend keeping the firearm’s barrel pointed to a neutral aim, like the ground, and lifted to aim at something only when intending to shoot.
4). Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger If You Are Not Firing
It is best to keep your finger off the trigger unless you are ready to fight your gun. Also, avoid running with your finger on the trigger, though you can if you are aiming as you run. The objective is to you do not want a round going off because you clenched your finger due to being distracted by something.
5). Keep The Barrel Free From Obstructions
Never fire your gun without inspecting the barrel, especially after dropping it to the ground. You never know if dirt got into the barrel. Moreover, do not point the firearm at your head as you check the barrel for obstructions.
If you wade through water and your piece gets wet, ensure the barrel is drained of the water before you fire the gun. Also, consider protecting your firearm if you will be wading through water. You can improvise using an unlubricated condom, wrapping it over the barrel to ensure it stays dry.
6). Understand Your Target
Never shoot at something before identifying it, and be confident you want to fire. It is a principle upheld at shooting practice, hunting and crucial in a real firefight. First, it keeps you from injuring another person by shooting at them accidentally. Secondly, it ensures you understand the nature (type of material) your bullet will hit. Some hard surfaces are tough, and bullets ricochet off them, and they are not advisable when doing target practice.
7). Avoid Depending On Your Gun’s Safety
Safety mechanisms are essential components of firearms, but you should not rely on them entirely. For instance, you should never dry-fire a gun that might be loaded because you switch on the safety mechanism. Again, remember your firearm should be unloaded if not in use.
8). Wear Eye and Ear Protection
Firing a round from your gun entails a controlled explosion, which is a risk you must contend with every time you shoot. Therefore, it is best to protect your hearing and sight when aiming and firing. Ear and eye protection might not be available in a survival scenario, but try your best to have the gear with you.
A suppressor and subsonic rounds are a worthwhile investment if you have the time to prepare adequately. It is an option that will safeguard your hearing if you are unexpectedly forced to use your weapon.
9). Become Familiar With Your Gun
Acquaint yourself with your firearm the best you can. Learn how to disassemble and reassemble the gun even with your eyes closed. Also, identify the parts prone to malfunction, the ammunition to use, its range, and capabilities.
10). Clean Your Gun Regularly
Clean the firearm before storing it; it is best to do this after use to ensure it retains its optimal firing condition. Neglecting this maintenance can result in your gun becoming a hazardous weapon.
11). Use Recommended Ammunition
Never use ammunition that is not meant for your gun. Some firearms can fire different rounds without any issues. For instance, a 5.56 ammunition rifle can also handle .223 rounds. However, a .223 ammunition rifle cannot fire 5.56 rounds.
12). Ensure The Ammunition Isn’t Expired
Most ammunitions are built with a long shelf life. But some storage conditions can impact them, causing them to expire sooner than expected. You might find yourself in a survival situation where all that is available is old ammunition. Storing your ammunition in a cool, dry area, such as a sealed container, can preserve them for an extended period.
13). Exercise Caution When Reloading Your Ammunition
You might find yourself in situations where you must reload your ammunition; thus, the need to learn how to do so safely. It is best to store your powder and primer separately. Also, inspect the shells for damage before reloading them and avoid putting in excess powder.