Gun Handling Basics - Two Concepts that Save Lives
Gun Handling Basics
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Rules Get Boring, Huh?
For so many of us we feel as though we have a decent understanding of the firearm safety rules. This long list of what to do and what not to do! I know it can be boring admit it! We go over them time after time and eventually we skip a step, or have inconsistencies in our own personal safety for convenience or we just get down right lazy!
But, you can also admit that accidents or NEGLIGENCE happens! Sometimes, fatally so. We can't have that now can we?
As an Instructor teaching as long as I have for as many people as I have from all walks of life and even teaching overseas; I've realized I had to paraphrase and get to the point quickly to get my thoughts across and ensure I can make a positive impact with my students and keep an Excellent level of safety. I'll be honest, I cannot recall exactly how I came across these two key phrases I've taught, spoken, told, yelled over the nearly 30 years now, being on ranges. I do know this; They work!
TWO KEY PHRASES THAT SAVE LIVES
Here ya go... Burn these phrases into your subconscious!
- Finger Discipline: keeping your finger along the side of the frame or receiver of ANY firearm, and NOT curling it into the trigger well UNTIL you are absolutely ready, confident about your abilities and sights aligned with themselves and your target, the area is safe, target identified and the down range area is cleared for firing.
- Muzzle Management: Having the awareness of anything that is beyond the end of the barrel (the muzzle). When you are holding ANY firearm and it's easier to make mistakes with shorter barrels; you are being vigilant as to where the barrel is pointed within your area. AND, I might add that wherever it is pointed it (if it were to just as they say, "go off") BS.. LOL It would to cause any personal property or bodily injury damage!
Can you Handle it?
Some other factors to consider:
Do I know if the gun is unloaded or not?
Do I know how to load, reload and unload it?
Where is the gun pointed even if no one is holding it. Some people don't think about this at all? Even if you are not handling it, "we always assume they are loaded" is it pointed in a safe direction?
If you don't know; don't mess with it to try to figure it out. Leave it alone and get someone who knows what the hell they are doing to show you! With learning anything in life, if ya don't know, go slow! This is how accidents happen, over easily treatable mistakes on safety.
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Stephen D. Powell
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