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Safety precautions while handling guns

Most gun safety boils down to common sense, but not all gun safety principles are necessarily obvious to less experienced owners. We’ve looked far and wide for good suggestions for minimizing the risk of injury to yourself and others while handling firearms, and these are some of the suggestions we’ve come up with.
  • First and foremost, be sure to always treat your gun as if it were loaded.
  • The famous outlaw Jesse James once failed to make sure his gun wasn’t loaded before he started cleaning it, and shot his own finger off – and that was after a lifetime of gun ownership.Treating your gun as though it’s always loaded is often seen as the most important rule of gun safety. Even if you think your gun isn’t loaded, you could be mistaken.

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • If you happen to accidentally pull the trigger, making sure it’s never pointed near any bystanders will help prevent any serious damage or injury from occurring. Common sense should help you out in this department – in other words, never point your gun at anyone or anything of value.

  • Don’t put your finger on the trigger unless you’re ready to shoot.
  • This significantly decreases the likelihood of an accidental shot being fired.

  • Don’t load your gun until you’re planning to use it.
  • Know how to use your gun safely.
  • Part of being a responsible gun owner is knowing everything about your weapon – how much kick to expect when you fire it, rolex replica what to do when it misfires, and how to keep it clean safely. Taking the time to learn how your weapon works rewards you by making you safer and smarter.

  • Store guns in a safe place.
  • Keep them away from children and others who aren’t trained or authorized to use them. It’s best to keep them in a gun rack, which can help make sure they don’t fall.

  • Never shoot a gun into the air.
  • People often assume that bullets fired into the air – even in a secluded place – won’t hurt anyone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bullets fired directly upwards reach terminal velocity on their way back down, and while that’s slower than the bullet’s speed as it leaves the muzzle, it’s still easily fast enough to kill.Ballistics science is accurate enough that police can calculate the location that a bullet was fired from down to the foot, even from a long distance, so you will be caught if someone is hurt.


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