It is paramount that SAFETY must be your first and last
thought when firearms are concerned. The need for caution is
necessary wherever guns are located - at your home - on your
person - on the shooting range.
If you follow these three
fundamental basic safety rules you will reduce the possibility of an accident occurring:
1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction:
The handgun must always to pointed in a direction so
that even if it were to accidentally discharge, it would not
cause damage or injury. It is important to always be in
control of where the muzzle is pointed. Common sense will
dictate the safest direction for a given situation.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until
ready shoot. You never put your finger in the trigger
guard and on the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Trained
professionals never put their finger on the trigger until
ready to shoot, for example when a Police officer has suspect
at gun point, his finger is a lined with the frame of the
handgun just above the trigger, no on the trigger.
3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Your firearms that you own for hunting, recreation or
collection need to be kept unloaded and secured from
unauthorized persons. The handgun you use for personal
protection should be loaded - in your control at all times -
secured from unauthorized persons.
Who would you consider to
be unauthorized in your home? Your spouse or partner who has
not taken a safety course, children - how about the cable guy
- phone repair - or the S.O.B. who breaks into your home! All
the preceding is correct, as well as anyone else you can think
of that has no business touching your firearms. Also keep your ammunition locked up from
unauthorized persons. I know, you are asking yourself why lock
up the ammunition when I already have my guns locked up?
What if little Johnny from next door comes over with or
without permission, snags a couple rounds of ammo. He gets
home, takes down Grandpas old gun that they don't have
ammunition for and shoots himself or something - You are
morally and illegally libel.
Whenever you pick up a handgun, keep it pointed in a safe
direction, finger off the trigger and make sure that it
is unloaded. Revolvers you open the cylinder to verify that no
rounds are in any of the chambers. Semi-Autos you remove the
magazine - pull back and lock open the slide - verify that no
round is in the chamber.
Treat all handguns as if they are
loaded - even if you know it is unloaded!
Additional rules to
be aware of:
Be sure the gun is safe to operate
- Regular cleaning and maintenance is
Know how to use the
gun safely - Learn how to handle
your handgun, become complete familiar with your handgun -
read the factory manual.
Use only the correct ammunition for
Know the target and what is beyond-
You must be absolutely sure that
your target is identified and what is beyond. On the range
it's easy - we have a professional designed back stop - out in
a field you need to be aware of what is over the next hill -
in your home and on the street you must avoid tunnel vision.
What is behind the
intended target should you miss.
When practicing always wear hearing
and eye protection-
Never put our complete trust in the
safety mechanism of our handgun-
As previously stated your handgun safety is a mechanical
device and could malfunction. This is true with all brands of
handguns, regardless of the quality.
As you have probably figured out by now
- Safety is just a matter of common. sense.
Children and Firearms
Everyone should be aware that a child
could discover a gun when a responsible adult is not around.
This could occur at the child's home, the neighbors house, a
friend's or in a public place. To help reduce a possibly
horrific situation educate your children about the dangers of
firearms follow the instructions sit by the NRA's Eddie Eagle
If you see a gun:
LEAVE THE AREA!
TELL AN ADULT!
It is every ones responsibility help
keep our children safe thru education and trigger locks. Don't
fool yourself into believing that you can hide your handgun
from the kids - or hide the gun one place and the ammunition
someplace else. Because small children can and will find
anything in your home - they have years of practice searching
for Christmas presents.