Gun Safety is not just for beginners: Top tips for gun owners

  • Never Point your Gun at Anything you Don’t Intend to Shoot

Always keep firearms muzzled and pointed in a safe direction.

A safe direction means a direction in which a bullet cannot strike anyone, taking into account possible ricochets and the fact that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings.

If everyone practiced this one simple tip, there would be virtually no firearms accidents.

  • Keep your Gun Unloaded when Not in Use

Never assume a gun is unloaded – always double and triple check it yourself!

Firearms should be loaded only when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area, ready to shoot.

When not in use, guns 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.

  • Never Rely on your Gun’s ‘Safety’ Mechanism

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

Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike.

Once a gun 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 pull the trigger to be absolutely certain of your target and where your shot will stop. Firing at a movement or a noise without 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.

You must assume the serious responsibility of using only the correct ammunition for your firearm. Read and take all warnings seriously, including those that appear in the firearm’s instruction manual and on the ammunition boxes.

  • If your Gun Fails to Shoot – Handle with Care!

Sometimes a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled.

If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way.

  • Make Sure the Barrel is Clear of Obstructions before Firing

Even a small amount of mud, excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore can cause dangerously increased pressures,  causing the barrel to bulge or even burst on firing, which can cause injury to yourself and innocent bystanders.

Before you load your gun, open the action and make sure that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine. Then glance through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction.

  • 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 guns after manufacture can make the firearm dangerous 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 gun training and advice, look no further than SCMS Firearm Training Academy in Nelspruit.

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].

 

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