As an owner of a cache of guns, I pride myself in being a collector and an enthusiast. Over the years, I have learnt some important lessons regarding the handling of the firearms in my possession. I have followed a strict set of commandments while dealing with guns, and over the decades, they have worked for me. Below are some ten tips, commandments that you might find handy, whether you are a collector or a seller.
- The muzzle of the gun should always point away from danger
If you keep your gun pointed at yourself, you are putting yourself in danger. If it goes off accidentally, you are the object on the scope. If you keep the gun muzzle pointed at others, you might end up shooting them. Make it a habit to know where the muzzle points.
- Unload the gun when you are not using it
This practice will save your life or those of others. When you are done with the gun, unload it completely so that when you carry it over to the car or your house, it is free of ammunition.
- Do not trust your gun’s safety
Guns fail all the time. The safety features they come with are mechanical functionalities. Human error or mechanical failure could lead to loss of life. Only use the trigger when you know it is time to shoot.
- Avoid impulsive shooting
Before you pull the trigger, you need to be sure of what you are shooting at and what lies beyond it. Check to ascertain that there are no objects beyond your target.
- Use the right ammunition
Not all firearms use the same caliber of ammunition. You need to go for what matches your piece. Using the wrong ammunition here puts you and those around you at the risk of injury or death. The wrong ammunition could also destroy a gun.
- If a gun does not fire, be real careful
If a gun does not fire upon you pulling the trigger, it does not mean that it is safe for you to poke around the inside of the chamber. It could still release ammunition.
- Protect your ears and eyes
Shooting noise can damage your ears if it happens regularly over a long time. Chips, powder or even particles from the external environment could affect your ability to see, so always make sure that the eyes have protection too.
- Check the barrel before committing to shoot
Pieces of debris, snow, mud or rust components can cause your barrel to misbehave and bulge, resulting to a potential risk of harm. If you feel that there is something unusual about the speed of shooting or the sound made, stop shooting. Unload the weapon and sort out the problem.
- Avoid making alterations to the gun and ensure regular service
Every gun follows some rules of physics. Modifying the gun means that you are trying to alter its working without knowing some specific parameters, and this could put you at risk. Also, take your weapon for servicing from time to time.
10. Know how to handle your gun type
Guns are different. Once you acquire possession of a weapon, take a keen look at its manual and learn how to use it safely.
Gun safety is an area that needs absolute care. Whether you are a gun seller or an officer of the law; always keep these rules in mind.