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Jul 19

Basic Firearm Safety

By David Martin, TSS Safety Coordinator

As much as I hate to say it, summer is about gone. For many, the upside to that is that we are almost into hunting season!

Whether you shoot for fun at the range, or enjoy hunting in all its forms, never ever forget that when firearms are mishandled – people die. Simple as that.

There are some basic things that you can do, and that you can teach to others that may be less familiar guns than you are. Here are just a few:

  1. Always treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  2. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction – and NEVER at people.
  3. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Always store every firearm unloaded and locked. Don’t forget the trigger lock!
  5. Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy.
  6. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  7. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  8. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  9. Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing.
  10. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don’t trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.
  11. When hunting in a group, always pick one person to act as a Safety Officer for the Day or Trip.
  12. Establish and share everyone’s zone of fire with each other and know where everyone is at all times.
  13. Always keep the gun on “safe” until you intend to shoot.
  14. Never climb over anything with a loaded gun in your hand or on your person.
  15. Double check to make sure your gun is unloaded when traveling.
  16. When in doubt: DON’T SHOOT.
  17. And last but definitely not least….. alcohol and guns are a deadly combination.