This includes the basic principle of not pointing the gun at yourself or others. Following this rule also means considering whether a bullet is likely to bounce off a surface. New shooters may make the mistake of accidentally pointing the muzzle at their own arm or hand while pulling a gun out of a holster, so this is another factor to consider. Let’s say a firearm is loaded at all times, even if you’re pretty sure it isn’t. The goal is to practice good habits, whether a gun is loaded or not, so that it becomes second nature. It’s also important to note that people can be forgetful and it’s best to be safe in case a gun you thought was unloaded really isn’t.
All shooters must wear goggles and some kind of hearing protectors while shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing and proper protection of vision is essential. Shooting goggles protect against twigs, falling shots, clay chips and the rare malfunction of the broken box or firearm.
Due to all administrative actions, such as, but not limited to, collecting, loading, charging, repairing malfunctions, unloading or resting in various ready positions, your finger is in this indexed position along the frame. Only when it is appropriate to shoot, your visor is focused on the target and you have made the decision to shoot, you can move your finger from its indexed position to the trigger. A firearms safe is generally useful for storing non-essential firearms and meeting safe storage requirements.
Never let a loaded gun rest against an object, as there is always a chance that it will shake or slip out of its position and fall hard enough to discharge. The only time you can be absolutely sure that a gun can’t fire is when the action is open and completely empty. You and the safe gun handling procedures you’ve learned pistol training are the most important safety measures for your weapon. Your finger may move unconsciously when you’re startled, so it’s essential to keep your finger straight and out of the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. This is a trigger discipline and is an important habit to develop from the beginning of your training.
Although gun safes are usually the most expensive storage devices for firearms, they are generally more reliable and secure. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that adolescence is a very vulnerable stage of life for adolescents struggling to develop traits of identity, independence, and autonomy. Children are naturally curious and innocently unaware of the many dangers around them. Therefore, both adolescents and children cannot be adequately protected by words of caution, no matter how common they are. A “Do what I say and not what I do” approach to gun safety is irresponsible and dangerous. Child safety measures still apply even if you don’t have children or if your children have grown up and left the house.
This includes how to properly use, maintain, store, and handle your gun. I have been AN NRA instructor for many years and have taught hundreds of firearm safety classes. The first thing I check in my head is if there were any safety issues I needed to address for future classes. As a result, I implement additional safety rules in my classes. Policy No. 1 is that no live ammunition is allowed in the classroom.