As hunting season approaches, it’s a good time to brush up on your gun safety fundamentals. Proper gun safety is an attitude, not just actions. Firearms have destructive potential, and safe gun handling cannot be overstated. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete novice looking to get a handle on safe firearms practices.

If these rules are followed 100% of the time, you can rest assured that you will never have an accident with your firearms.

Here are a few Gun Safety Tips to Follow:

Safe Direction

Don’t point your gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot, particularly other hunters. A “safe direction” means no one is in or remotely near the line of fire; don’t forget about the possibility of a ricochet or that bullets may take an unexpected path.

Finger Off Trigger

Just as with the previous rules, take no chances. A negligent discharge CAN kill. One way a negligent discharge can occur is by actuating the trigger accidentally. Remember: keep your finger away from the trigger until you are ready to fire.

Loaded Firearm

Whenever you handle a firearm—even if you’re pretty sure it’s unloaded!—open the action immediately and visually check the chamber, receiver, and magazine to be certain there is no ammunition inside. Never assume that a firearm is unloaded. A firearm should only be loaded when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area.

Be Sure Of Target

The bullet that you fire from the gun is not going to just magically stop after it hits what you are shooting at, unless you are shooting at a proper backstop, like a mound of dirt. An animal’s body is not sufficient to stop a speeding bullet, so what that means is that after the bullet strikes its target, it keeps speeding along until it hits something that WILL stop it, like a house or car, or until gravity takes over.

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Before you ever handle a gun you should know the basics of gun safety handling and storage.

You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and non-shooters. Beginners, in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.