The growing trend in gun ownership means more people are buying some sort of firearm for the first time. Owning a gun is a big responsibility, and gun owners need to understand the potentially destructive nature of a firearm. Here are a few safety tips that first time gun owners should know and practice.
Handle Your Gun with Care
You should treat every gun as if it was loaded, and keep guns unloaded when not being used. Always keep the gun’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Do not use a gun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Keep all firearms in a safe, secure location and locked away from unauthorized users, especially children.
Know Your Target
Point your gun only at things you intend to shoot and always be sure you know what your target is and what might be behind or beside it. Keep in mind that a bullet can travel a mile or more if it misses your intended target. There is also the possibility of the bullet ricocheting and heading off in another direction.
Know Your Gun
You should know the mechanics of your gun and understand its capabilities. Always use the right ammunition and ensure the barrel is clear of any obstructions before using. Don’t modify your gun in any way and keep it cleaned and maintained. You can learn more about your gun by studying the owner’s manual, going online, or taking a course at a local shooting range.
Whether you buy your first gun for protection, hunting, or recreation, you should understand the responsibility that comes with it. Responsible gun owners realize the destructive capability of a gun and know that safety is foremost for ensuring proper use of any weapon.