|Posted by Prairie Guns on November 11, 2009 at 11:41 PM|
OK, first things first...let's get this out of the way right from the get-go. The most important thing about handling firearms is doing it SAFELY. It doesn't matter if you are using a firearm for target shooting,hunting, self-defense or any other purpose - the last thing you want is anunintended "event" to occur with a firearm. To that end, let's always remember:
1. ALWAYS keep your gun pointed in a safe direction. Don't forget that a "safe direction" might be something of a subjective term, based on surroundings, environment and circumstances - defending your family against a violent home invasion would have very different circumstances than an afternoon at the range, yet in neither case would you want harm to come to your family, loved ones or yourself. Don't point that gun at anything that youare not willing to destroy.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. As Eric Shelton of the Handgun Podcast might put it, "keep your booger-hook of the bang-switch." Crude, but you get the point! Maintain good trigger discipline and you will go a long way toward firearms safety; when you are at the range, when you are hunting, when you are doing dry-practice drills and ANYTIME you have a gun in your hands - keep that finger off the trigger until you are ON TARGET and READY TO SHOOT.
3. ALWAYS keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to use it. Do not store your firearms loaded - that should go without saying. Also remember to load up AFTER you arrive at the bench when you are at the range! Remember, too, that "ready to use it" is subjective as well, as although you might not be just about to use the handgun that you are carrying on your hip for self-defense or in a gun box for overnight home defense, you need to be READY to use it.