By D. Bailie owner of Survival Puck .
I can tell you I’ve bent pretty much every guideline listed below at some point years ago. I might also add that I have been narrowly missed twice due to accidental discharges by others. I have been the guilty player in a couple unplanned discharges myself. The lord takes care of babies and fools they tell me. It has made a gun safety believer out of me. My hope is some reading this will learn faster than I did.
Muzzle control: It’s really simple, if the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction then you can screw up in multiple ways and have a reasonable chance of not hurting anyone. Remember what comes out of the end of that muzzle cowboy? That means don’t point your dam gun at my feet. Don’t point your gun at my dog, my truck, my tent, my house, my wife etc. Notice a pattern here? Don’t be swinging the muzzle toward me when you turn to talk to me, I don’t care if it’s empty. Keep that thing pointed down range while you’re monkeying with it, clear it if you can, if not ask for help. Do not turn around and approach me with a malfunction. Quit launching bullets into the next county, if you can’t keep that muzzle down during rapid fire don’t do it! Better yet get a gun you can handle.
Trigger control: The first rule of trigger control is “keep your finger off it” genius. Don’t you remember what that does? How many times do I have to tell you? Don’t put your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to pull it. I mean completely away from the trigger so we all can see it.
Loading & Unloading: Dude step away from me when you’re loading and unloading. You can show it to me when it’s unloaded and safe. Don’t load it and then walk thru a crowd to get to where you’re shooting. Concentrate on what you’re doing, load then shoot, don’t load and then jack your jaw.
Firearm operation: Know how your gun works, seriously there is no excuse. Might take a bit of looking but you can find plenty of owner manuals and demo videos online. Learn this at home not when there’s shooting to be done planned or unplanned. And while you’re at it memorize your on safety position by feel makes it easier to check.
Home: If you cannot safely handle or store your firearms and ammunition at home, then you are a firearms failure, plain and simple. Can you even image the heart break if you were responsible for an accident?
Training: Get some, the NRA works hard to help shooters. Don’t be shy they are really accommodating to newbies. You may know a shooter that would be happy to help as well. Word of caution here: When it comes to guns there are a lot of walkers and a lot of talkers. I’m afraid the talkers outnumber the walkers on occasion.
Shoot straight and safe.