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Thursday, March 10, 2011

4 Tips for Proper Gun Safety

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It can never be overstated that Gun Safety is foremost in anyone's operation or handling of firearms. Accidental gun deaths are already since January the 1st 2011, at 119 so far for this year.  Unfortunately that number will only increase as the year goes on.

If people that have firearms will only take the proper ways to gun safety then maybe that number will go down and stay down.  What I want to share with you today are 4 tips to help you make sure that you or your children don't get harmed in any way by a firearm.  Especially by one you could swear was unloaded after you last used it.

There are many more proper procedures for Gun Safety than just the 4 I'll give you in this post.  But, the 4 I give are the primary ones that will make sure you or your family members don't become another statistic.

Tip number 1.)
  • Assume every firearm is loaded.
Probably the most important one of all is this one.  When I was a kid, like most kids I had a toy cap gun.  I would always when I picked that gun up would pull the trigger just to hear the click of the hammer.  I remember one day that I picked it up to play with it and forgot that the last time I played with it that I hadn't shot all the caps out of it.

I pulled the cap gun up close to look at it and as always instinctively I pulled the trigger.  And kaboom, the thing went off and the gun was maybe 5 inches from my face when it did.  I bet you never seen a little kid of about 50lbs or so jump so high!!  Not to mention my young little ears were ringing after that happened.

Always remember to check the Gun to see if it is loaded.  A revolver handgun is much easier to tell if it is loaded because you can see the ammo in the cylinder.  On the other hand, if its a semi-auto handgun you need to remove the magazine and pull back the slide to make sure there is no ammo in the chamber of the firearm.

Tip number 2.)
  • Control the muzzle direction at all times.
Never, let me say that again, NEVER point a gun at anyone!!  Whether you know or don't know it's unloaded. Its just plain good safety that's all.  Even when you're in between shots always point the Gun to the ground.  If you lay it on a table point it away from where people are standing.

Have you ever stopped to take notice that all Gun holsters are pointing at the ground?  Not in any other direction but down at the ground.  And when showing your friends or family your Guns, never hand it to them by the barrel first.

Always hand the firearm with the barrel pointed toward you.  So that they take it from your hands by the hand grip.  If you know its loaded when you hand it to them, hand it to them sideways with the barrel pointed to the ground.  And make sure they know its loaded before you hand it to them.

Tip number 3.)
  • Keep your trigger finger off trigger and out of trigger guard.   
This is pretty straight forward stuff here.  Always keep your finger out of the trigger guard even when your out hunting as well as target shooting.  Only when your ready to fire should your finger be in the trigger guard. Some Guns are made with whats known as a hair trigger.

That means it takes just a small amount of pressure to fire the Gun.  In fact those are more dangerous firearms and usually have been custom made like that.

Tip number 4.)
  • See that the firearm is unloaded. PROVE it safe.
In other words, at this point, if your still unsure about the firearm refer back to Tip number 1.  Nothing wrong with checking to make sure its unloaded again.  A firearm is a machine.  Nothing more.  Humans usually get hurt by the machines they make.  Because they forget to take the proper steps to ensure Safety.    

It is my hope that this article will be of value to you the reader.  My hope that you will not only enjoy your firearm but that you will do so in utmost Safety.  Another thing, all guns have built in safety mechanisms.  Use them!  But, that is no excuse for not checking the Gun itself. 

These same Tips apply to all firearms, rifles, shotguns, etc..

I have written a quality review of a very good Gun safe for you and your family.  Click here to read it.

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