Responsible Gun Handling 101

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Let me share a video with you that has been making it’s rounds on the net over the last few months:

As shooters, we are always saying that there is no such thing as an accidental discharge. That there is only a negligent discharge. This proves otherwise. The dude handled it very well I think. He followed all the rules for safe gun handling and yet it still went off. Thankfully he had his muzzle pointed in a safe direction when it went off.

And yet how many times do we hear about or even see someone who was not following the rules and something bad happened? More times then not, right? Being safe and being responsible is something we need to do all the time. That one time when we become lax and complacent is the time something bad will happen.

I listen to the Practically Tactical Podcast all the time and in some recent shows, they were talking about how there is no way to safely handle a deadly weapon. In reality, it’s responsibly handling a deadly weapon. I very much agree with that idea. If we think there is a safe way to handle a gun, we will become complacent. So the idea we always need to be responsible is key to being “safe”.

Being a responsible shooter includes knowing and living the Four Universal Rules of Gun Safety. Since it is early in a new year, I felt it was time to revisit these and make sure everyone knows them. They are:

  1. A gun is always loaded. Treat it as such.
  2. Never point a gun at something you are not willing to kill or destroy.
  3. Keep your finger out of the trigger until you are ready (and have made the decision) to shoot.
  4. Always know your target and what is beyond.

Following these rules is not just a suggestion. These are the rules that help to keep us safe and help to keep us responsible. Memorize them and always keep them in mind. Even if you just shoot once in a while, these rules will help to keep someone alive.

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