For a long time now, target shooting and hunting have been categorized as some of the safest sports. However, the handling and storage of firearms has been a top concern for many people. Firearm owners and enthusiasts alike can be exposed to safety risks whenever they handle firearms, hence the need for safety discipline both at home and on the range. The following are some of the most important tips for all firearm owners to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Keep the Gun Pointed in a Safe Direction
It is very crucial for firearm owners to realize that guns should always be treated with caution and respect. Even if you are sure the gun has been properly unloaded, it is essential to be aware of your surroundings. It is recommended that if you are not in a firing position, the gun be holstered or held muzzle-down, in a gun case or locked while pointing away from people. Similarly, when in a firing position, the gun needs to point downrange or to the identified target.
Tip #2: Watch Your Trigger Finger
Another important tip to keep in mind is that your finger should always be off the trigger until there is an actual need to shoot. This means that if you are just holding the gun, the trigger finger should be indexed such that it rests straight alongside the body of the gun. Alternatively, the finger can rest outside the trigger guard so long as you do not touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire.
Tip #3: Confirm Your Target and Beyond
According to the Armed Defense Training Association, you are responsible for the entire path of bullets from your firearm. Since there is a possibility of a bullet hitting your desired target and still continuing through, you need to be aware of what is beyond your target. You need therefore to aim responsibly and fire in directions you are assured the bullet will be safely halted.
Tip #4: Practice Safe Keeping of Firearms
Last but not least, you should be conscious of your gun such that you keep it unloaded when not in use, store it in a locked cabinet or vault away from unauthorized access and use a gun lock as an additional precaution. Ammunition should also be locked away separate from the guns. More so, you should be sure of how your firearm operates and how to handle the gun parts during cleaning.
These tips are meant to keep every gun holder conscious and aware of their responsibility when handling firearms, they should therefore be heeded not only for prevention of injury, but also to avoid damage of precious property.