- Never Point your Firearm at Anything you Don’t Intend to Shoot
Always keep your finger off the Trigger and point the firearm into a safe direction.
A safe direction means that the firearm must be pointed into such a direction that in case of an accidental discharge no person shall be killed or injured.
If everyone practiced four simple step by 1. Always pointing the firearm into a safe direction 2. Always keeping your finger off the trigger until you ready to shoot 3. Always know your target and what’s behind it 4. Always treat every firearm as loaded there would be virtually no firearms accidents.
- Keep your Firearm Unloaded when Not in Use
Never assume a firearm is unloaded – always double and triple check it yourself!
Firearms should be loaded and unloaded only where it is safe to do so or when you are on an accredited shooting range or shooting area, ready to shoot.
When not in use, firearms and ammunition should be kept in a safe place, separate from each other. It is every gun owner’s responsibility to prevent children and careless adults from gaining access to firearms or ammunition. (Keeping in mind where you store the keys for such safe keeping).
- Never Rely on your firearm s ‘Safety’ Mechanism (Always treat every firearm as loaded).
Treat every firearm as though it can fire at any time, regardless of pressure on the trigger.
The “safety” on any firearm is a mechanical device which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time – the safety may be “off” when you think it is “on”.
The safety is a supplement to proper firearm handling – it is not a substitute for common sense!
- Be Sure of your Target – and what’s Behind It
(Always know your target and what’s behind it).
Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike or where it will stop.
Once a firearm fires, you have given up all control over where the shot will go or what it will strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target.
Take as much time as you possibly can before you squeeze the trigger to be absolutely certain of your target and where your shot will stop. Squeezing the trigger not being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes criminal disregard for the safety of others.
- Use the Correct Ammunition for your Firearm
Using the wrong ammunition will not only destroy your firearm, but can also cause serious personal injury.
Take on the responsibility of using only the correct ammunition for your firearm you intend to use show your competency level within the handle and use of that specific category of use. Read and take all warnings seriously, including those that appear in the firearm’s instruction manual and on the ammunition boxes.( Remember the golden rule if in doubt don’t if you not sure get advice from an expert in the industry.
- If your Firearm Fails to Shoot – Handle with Care!
Sometimes a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is squeezed. (Better known as a Misfire or a hang fire caused by many factors).
If this happens remember to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Wait a view seconds to make sure there is not a perceptible delay in the ignition of the cartridge. If nothing happens keep your finger off the trigger start following your safe making steps by still keeping the firearm into a safe direction. Know your safety steps and follow them in the order of concern.
- Make Sure the Barrel is Clear of Obstructions before Firing
Even a small amount of mud, excess lubricating oil or grease in the barrel can cause dangerously increased pressures, causing the barrel to bulge or even burst upon firing, which can cause injury to yourself and innocent bystanders.
Before you intend to use your firearm especially after long storage periods clean it properly and make sure all parts except for the barrel is lubricated. Always remember the barrel must be free of any oil or substances.
- Don′t Alter or Modify your Gun – and have it Serviced Regularly
Don’t jeopardize your safety or the safety of others by altering the trigger, safety or other mechanism of any firearm.
Any modifications made to firearms after manufacture can place you in a dangerous situation and will usually void any factory warranties. Your firearm is a mechanical device which will not last forever and is subject to wear and tear. Keep it in top condition with periodic inspection, adjustment and service.
Get Specialised Training and Regular Shooting Practice
For expert firearm training and development advice within this sector, look no further than SCMS Firearm Training Academy in Nelspruit situated inside Canary Walk Complex at the Indoor Shooting Range.
Whether you’re looking for corporate firearm training, a state-of-the-art shooting range for target practice or a family day with a difference, SCMS are on hand to share a wealth of knowledge on firearm use and safety – and make sure you have a barrel of fun while you’re at it.
For more information, follow the SCMS Facebook Page, visit the Canary Indoor Shooting Range or contact Shaun Nieuwenhuizen directly on 084 910 3176 or [email protected] or Marin Nieuwenhuizen on 082 557 6668 .