Whether someone is at the shooting range or anywhere else, when handling a firearm, safety is a necessity that always comes first. Safety tips range from the big one, from pointing the muzzle in safe directions to servicing guns regularly. Follow these tips to ensure tragic accidents do not occur.
Point the Muzzle in Safe Directions
This most basic of safety rules is crucial. If everyone who handled a firearm followed this rule, firearm accidents would be virtually unheard of. Nobody should point a gun at something they do not intend to shoot. Particularly important when unloading the firearm, this guideline means that no injury can be sustained in the case of an accidental discharge.
Unload Firearms Not in Use
Everyone who handles a firearm should keep the weapon unloaded unless in the field, on a target range, or in a shooting area and ready to shoot. Otherwise, ammunition and firearms should be kept secured safely, apart from each other. Unload the gun as soon as it is no longer in use. Loaded firearms have no place within or near to cars or buildings that are not shooting ranges.
Do Not Trust the Safety
Always treat a gun as though it can discharge at any time. The safety of a weapon is only a mechanical device; any such mechanism can malfunction at the worst time. Human error can also occur. Someone may think the safety is on when it is off. While the safety is a supplement to the proper handling of a gun, it cannot serve as a replacement for common sense.
Wear Eye and Ear Protection
Every shooter should wear shooting glasses and a form of hearing protection when shooting. Noise exposure can lead to hearing damage while shooting glasses protect the wearer against falling shot, chips from clay targets, and the rare firearm malfunction or ruptured case. Protecting your hearing and eyes will make shooting more comfortable and more enjoyable.
Service Guns Regularly
Guns are mechanical devices; as such, they are subject to wear. Check with the firearm’s manufacturer for recommended servicing. Then make sure the weapon receives its necessary periodic inspection, service, and adjustment. This ensures the safety of the gun and accuracy in shooting.