Recently the family went to the range for a bit of shooting. Brought to mind the need to speak about firearm safety. So here it is a short and to the point article about firearm safety.

1. Treat all firearms as though they are loaded.

If handed a cleared firearm make it a habit to also clear it. After you fire what you think is the last round from the firearm’s magazine or cylinder make sure it is clear. Always assume there is another round in the firearm.

If unsure how to clear a particular firearm ask for it to be it to demonstrated if possible or reference the manual.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger until on target and ready to fire.

Rest your index finger along the slide or frame of the firearm.

This prevents unintentional firing of the firearm should you fall, be startled, or have sympathetic reflex.

3. Never point your firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.

Laser rule. What the laser touches it destroys. Avoid pointing the firearm at others, objects, and your own body. When drawing from the holster be mindful of how the pistol/revolver is drawn so not to cross you body. (chest rigs, shoulder holsters, cross draws)

4. Be sure of what’s behind your target and beyond.

When you intend to shoot, know where the bullet will stop. Know your backstop. Make sure the backstop is behind the target from whatever position you may shoot from. I have seen people want to shoot headshots from a prone position on targets where the backstop is ineffective because it is not tall enough from that position.

Should you need to use a firearm in self defense be aware what is beyond the intended target.

5. When training use eye and ear protection.

You get one set of each if  you are so blessed. Don’t screw them up with abuse from excessive noise and potential eye injuries. 

6. If you pull the trigger and it doesn’t go bang when it should, handle with care. Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. 

If possible attempt to eject the round/open the breach and remove the problem. 

Shooting is a great American past time. Firearm ownership is a right of the people. With that right we have a responsibility to take ownership of good stewardship in training, securing your firearm, and proper use.

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