The Golden Rules for Safe Gun Handling: by Senior Police Detective Troy Edwards (Ret), The Crosshairs L.L.C.
These simple little rules can be used regardless if you are handling a rifle or handgun. Always use firearms responsibly and familiarize yourself with the firearm rules in your city and state.
-Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using. As well as it’s nomenclature.
-Always treat the gun as if it is loaded.
-Never point the gun at anything you don’t wish to destroy.
-Always keep your finger straight “Indexed’ and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
-Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
-Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
-Be sure of your target and what is beyond it (your background.)
-Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction “Down Range.”
-Always use the correct ammunition relative to your weapon.
-If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled whether it is due to a squib round or a stove pipe jam, hold your shooting position for several seconds, announce the jam to those around you, then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun i.e. lock the slide back, take out the magazine, etc.
-Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing…your finger is the safety.
-Make sure that you clean your guns after firing.
-Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don’t trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything. NO HORSEPLAY!!
I recommend taking a gun safety class if you are new to firearms or have been away from them for some time. Even if it’s a refresher course you would be amazed at some of the small things that you can forget.