Many Firearm Owners Use Their Power Tools in a Safer and More Secure Manner Than Their Firearms
Many firearm owners use and keep their power tools in a more secure manner than their firearms. Knowing how to safely use and store a firearm is actually a much more important matter than the actual firearm ownership itself. A number of firearm owners take it upon themselves and arrange to attend an NRA firearm safety class before purchasing or attempting to use a firearm for the first time and this is a very responsible approach however, it’s not the norm nor is it a requirement. Attending a firearm safety class such as the “First Steps Pistol” class that most NRA Certified Firearm Instructors conduct will educate the firearm owner about the great responsibilities he/she is about to undertake. Since many people have a tough time arranging to attend a firearm safety class due to personal responsibilities such as jobs they can’t get away from or family they need to take care, I have put together a small yet effective read through firearm safety class in order contribute a personal effort towards keeping everyone a little safer.
By reading and applying the rules below, we’ll all be able to 5.7 prevent firearm accidents by arming ourselves with knowledge first.
1. A firearm is always considered loaded. Regardless of you knowing a firearm is unloaded, always approach and handle all firearms with the respect of it being loaded.
2. Always point a firearms muzzle (the very front of the gun) in a safe direction, in a direction where nobody will be injured or killed if an accidental discharge were to occur.
3. Always keep your finger completely off the trigger until you’re on target and ready to fire. Keep your finger on the firearms trigger guard or frame to prevent an accidental discharge from happening.
4. Always keep firearms UNLOADED until you’re ready to use them and keep all ammunition in a separate location away from securely stored firearms. Remember, not everyone knows about firearm safety like you do. Let’s say someone finds your loaded firearm, what can happen? If the individual accidentally were to injure or kill himself or another person, you would be held responsible for leaving your loaded firearm negligently accessible. However, if it’s unloaded with the ammunition in another location away from the secured firearm, what can happen? Not much…
5. Always know your target and what’s beyond it. What’s beyond your actual target? Will it safely stop a bullet? Is it a populated area? Always make certain your target has a safe and positive backstop.
6. When unloading a semi-automatic firearm:
(a) Keep your finger off the trigger.
(b) Always remove the magazine first.
(c) Rack the slide several times and lock the slide to the open position.
(d) Visually inspect the chamber and magazine well to make certain the firearm is clear of ammunition.
(e) Manually inspect the chamber and magazine well to make certain the firearm is clear of ammunition.
(f) If someone is with you have them repeat all the steps, redundancy equals safety.
7. Always clean your firearm at the end of every use. Use solvents and oils specifically designed for firearms.
8. Always make certain your firearm is safe to operate. When inspecting or cleaning your firearm, check the slide, the frame and barrel for excessive wear or cracks. With he firearm unloaded, make certain all safety devices operate properly. Make certain the firearm works in both single and double action.
9. When inspecting and/or cleaning a firearm, always leave your ammunition in a different room to eliminate the possibility of a live cartridge making its way back into a chamber you thought you had left clear of ammunition. This will eliminate the possibility an accidental injury or death to yourself or another individual.
10. Always make certain to use the correct ammunition in your firearm. Your firearms caliber is likely manufactured in several different variations and the different variations may not necessarily be designed to be used in your specific firearm. Example: 9mm is typically found in the measurement of 9 X 19mm however 9mm is also manufactured as 9 X 18mm and as 9 X 17mm yet the three cannot be interchanged. Always make certain your firearm, the box of ammunition and the cartridge itself all have matching measurements.
11. Always use eye and hearing protection when using a firearm. A pistols sound pressure level can exceed 150 decibels, exceeding the threshold for permanent hearing damage. Empty shells are ejected from a firearm as well as pieces of brass, lead and gunpowder, eye protection will shied your eyes. A brimmed hat is also recommended to keep flying debris off your face. A button down collared shirt and closed toed shoes are also recommended to keep debris off your body.