A gun is a tool that can be dangerous and enjoyable both. it can fulfill your hobby like shooting and it again can cause a full stop to a life if mishandled.
many people possess a gun in order for safety, hunting, defense, etc. but possession may become a danger if not handled technically. if you have a gun in your hand, you need to be careful. if you have a gun in your possession, you have to follow some safety rules. even if you do not possess one, but your related anyone has a gun, you have to make sure he/ she must know and follow the gun safety rules.
there are some basic gun or firearm safety rules you need to acknowledge, perceive, and follow without any blunder to have a smooth use. those are-
Always treat a gun as a loaded one:
what if you have loaded the gun before going to the bed and the next morning you forgot the fact and try dry shooting with it or give this to any inexperienced one to try?
accidents happen accidentally as it is named. you never can get a hint of it. that’s why one has to be cautious every time as an accident by a gun can cause a fatal consequence.
it is wise to keep your gun unloaded while you are not actually using it. store it unloaded keeping the ammunition besides. it will help to prevent accidents and when needed you can quickly load one.
Point the muzzle in a safe direction:
a safe direction means the one at which the projectile will not cause harm even by mistake. you have to keep your gun pointed at a safe angle where there is nothing that you intend not to strike.
if everyone can follow this one rule of pointing, there will be surely no gun injuries. and this one rule is fully under your control. your hand must have that instinct. it is particularly while loading or unloading the gun this type of accident can occur.
safe directions may be on the ‘up’ or some incidents ‘down’. even when dry firing or joking as an act, one should fire at a safe distance.
you need to practice it to get that instinct of pointing the right target even when you fall or stumble. this one rule can actually help to avoid accidents in any situation, to be honest.
Never blind trust in the gun’s safety:
you have to remember that a gun is a machine. it can betray you in the worst urgent situation. it can get dysfunctional when you need it to function accurately.
that gun’s safety is not superior to your common sense, your instinct. so you have to treat every gun as a ready one to fire.
that safety serves as a step regarding safe gun handling but its “on” doesn’t make the gun unfireable always. anything can happen at any time. you need to keep the safety “on” until you are firing. you should not keep it between “safe” and “fire”.
in spite of the proper position of safety, any blow can actuate the firing mechanism of the gun. so you have to keep in mind the other gun safety rules also as I mentioned above.
Using appropriate ammunition:
read the gun instructions that come with the gun. focus on what is written there and which type of ammunition is appropriate for that specific gun. then only use that specific ammunition to fire with your gun.
never adjust wrong ammunition with the wrong type of gun. and make the habit of checking every cartridge meticulously before putting it into your gun. never compromise with damaged, oil added, substandard ammunition. because the money you are saving is not worth the risk which can result in using that type of firearm.
Make sure of having no obstruction in the barrel before shooting:
form the habit of checking the barrel always to clear even a small bit of mud, snow, grease, lubricating oil before loading the gun. otherwise, the barrel may bulge or burst on firing due to heavily increased pressure. you can use a cleaning rod to check and clean the obstruction. if there is any obstruction, the noise or recoil will be weak or not that right.
Always put on protective gear:
guns are always loud and it is very important to protect your vitals. so you should wear earplugs. and there is always the possibility of sparks, small cartridges, gun powder, etc to get on you. so try to wear protective glass also.
you should wear these even while loading or unloading the gun.
Familiarize with the gun manual and all the basic rules of firing:
if you buy a thing or intend to try a thing, you must have the knowledge of its parts, material, functions, durability, using process, advantage-disadvantages. safely gun use also requires the same.
guns are of huge variety. some features are on this and some maybe not on that which is very normal. that’s why you need to read and heed over your manual, instructions to have a safe use, smooth loading-unloading, proper storing, and cleaning process.
your gun is your possession to fulfill your tasks and it is your responsibility to take care of it to keep it functional and not to cause harm while using it.
a hand note of instructions may be helpful to follow every time while handling the gun. the more you know about your gun, the safe it is to be used and function with confidence.
it is fun to have a gun for hunting or shooting. it is also good to have a gun for defense. but at the same time, it is a huge responsibility when you need to handle a firearm. one trigger can cause you many consequences which you may not like.
so handle gently, shoot accurately and follow the gun safety rules accordingly.