Gun Safety

Gun Safety

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
Before heading out to a public shooting range, you absolutely need to know the basics of gun safety. If you’ve taken a Hunter Education course, which covers firearm safety extensively, you should already have a good handle on this, but it doesn’t hurt to review the “Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety” again:

Watch that muzzle! Keep it pointed in a safe direction. At the shooting range, that’s toward the sky or downrange.

Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.

Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.

Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

Safely check your barrel and ammunition for obstructions.

Unload firearms when not in use.

Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.

Don’t run, jump or climb with a loaded firearm.

Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely.

Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.

If you haven’t taken a Hunter Education Course yet, there is no time like the present.

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