When you’re going to be around firearms, it’s important that you know how to be safe at all times. Gun safety is a very important aspect of handling firearms. When safe techniques are not practiced, there can be devastating results. Shooting a gun can be exciting, exhilarating, and a fun hobby but you should always keep in mind that you’re holding a deadly weapon and you handle it safely at all times.
The first rule of gun safety is making sure that the gun is always pointed in a direction that is deemed safe. Depending on where you are, this direction can change. You want to make sure that the gun is pointed away from people, roads, or houses. If you’re at a gun range, the gun should always be pointed down-range unless there are people walking on the range. When you’re going to have your gun out, you’ll need to determine where to point the gun so that it does not pose a risk to anyone or anything if it goes off. You should be very mindful of where the gun is pointed when it’s being reloaded as it tends to be a lot of movement for the gun and accidents can happen. If your gun is unloaded, you should still practice safe positioning so that it becomes a habit.
Your finger should never be on the trigger unless you’re absolutely ready to shoot. When you hold a gun in your hand, your finger should be resting on the side of the frame until you’re ready to shoot. Never keep your finger in the trigger guard as the trigger could easily be touched and the gun could go off unexpectedly. Even when you’re getting into your shooting stance and lining up your shot, your finger should not be on the trigger. Once you have your aim, you should move your finger to the trigger, make sure your aim didn’t change, and then fire. The moment you are done shooting, the finger should return back to the side of the gun even when all rounds are fired.
When you’re not actively shooting your gun, it should be unloaded. Accidents happen and the last thing you want is your gun going off when you’re not on the range. If you’re dealing with a gun that you’re unfamiliar with, ask someone with experience if they can check to be sure it’s fully unloaded. If you’re not familiar with how to check the chamber, someone with more experience can show you how to do it safely to avoid accidents or injuries.
Having a gun is a big responsibility and should be treated as such. When you take your vehicle out driving, you follow the rules to ensure you and others are safe. The same should be done when you’re handling a gun. Safe handling can prevent accidental shots being fired, injury, or even death. Knowing your surroundings, your gun, and how to be safe can ensure that you’re doing all that you can to be safe with your firearm.