The safety of firearms is vital both when not in use and when in use, this should always be a priority when on the range or wherever you operate your gun. Also, don’t be shy about gun safety. If you notice that someone is violating safety measures, you must insist on safety. But how can you get to the feet of correcting others if you don’t know these handling safety procedures yourself?
Rule 1: Keep the muzzle in a safe direction
Let me explain why gun accidents happen. Most of the time because shooters point the muzzle of the gun at something they didn’t intend to shoot, an accident occurs. You can lose concentration by aiming your weapon most of the time, especially when loading or unloading it. An Injury would not occur if the muzzle was pointed in a safe direction. What do I mean by a secure direction? A safe direction means pointing your gun to where it cannot hit anyone. Therefore, you have a responsibility to know and control the barrel of your weapon at all times.
Rule 2: Unload firearms when not in use
This is a sensitive prerequisite for handling a firearm, and you must practice this at all time. You only need to refill your firearm when you are on the ground or in a shooting range or when you are ready to shoot at a shooting location. If you are done exercising or hunting, unload your firearm immediately.
Never assume the firearm is unloaded, check for yourself. Never drop or push a loaded firearm at yourself or anyone else. If in doubt, unplug your weapon. There is never a justification for carrying a loaded weapon in a holster, unused holster, or case!
Rule 3: Do not rely solely in the safety of your firearm
You should never inadvertently handle a firearm and assume that it can’t fire, simply because you know the safety is activated. It is possible that the weapon can fire at any time, or even later, when you release the security device without having to touch the trigger again. Keep your fingers away from the trigger during loading or unloading.
Remember, your safety must be entire.
There is always the possibility of an object at which you rest your gun on to shake or slide off its position and falling hard enough to unload your gun, so never push a loaded gun against any object.
Proper handling of the weapon is appropriate. You can’t retrieve a fired attempt. After firing the gun, you give up control of the direction of what you either aimed at or fired by mistake. So, don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot will hit.
Do you know how far and fast a bullet can travel? Remember that even 22 short can exceed more than a quarter of a kilometer, and a high-speed cartridge of 30-06 can send its bullet over three kilometers. Machine gun bullets can exceed 500 meters and rifle bullets have a range of over 800 meters.
Shooting at motion or noise without being sure of what you are firing is ignoring the safety of others. So be aware and be certain about your shots before pulling the trigger.