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How to Handle a Gun Safely

gun safeRules of Safe Gun Handling

Guns are dangerous and if not handled carefully, can  kill or mutilate you or someone else. The consequences of the misuse of guns are disastrous. Handling them in a safe way is the top priority once you own a gun.

Remember to check the gun

Make sure to always check if the gun is loaded, even if you know that it is unloaded. Make a visual inspection of the gun every time  you hand it over to someone. Check if there’s a bullet hiding inside the gun.

Your gun should be kept pointed in a safe direction and your finger off the trigger

Be cautious to keep your gun pointed in the safe direction while making an inspection, reloading or cleaning it. Pointing it towards the ground is considered to be safe.

Don’t  place your finger on the trigger unless you’re ready to fire. You can rest the trigger finger on the trigger guard. Sometimes, an unnecessary external force might make you push the trigger by mistake when you’re not anywhere closer to the target.

Store your gun safely

Storing the firearm in a safe place is your primary responsibility. Gun safes are the best place for the storage of your weapons. There are different kinds of  safes available today. Biometric lock safe, mechanical lock safe, number combination lock safe, and key lock safe are few of them. Choose the one, which has the best security features. Don’t be negligent regarding the safety. What if these weapons fall into the wrong hands or the hands of your children?

Use of protection

When you’re shooting the target, use protection for your eyes and ears. Firearms produce a loud noise when fired that can cause substantial damage  your eardrums, resulting in deafness. Additionally, you should protect your eyes as well to avoid any ejected cartridges and hot gas to your eyes.

Use of your common sense

Handling guns when you’re emotional or depressed is extremely dangerous as humans make poor judgments during those times naturally. So avoid it!

Moreover, never handover a gun to someone who doesn’t understand the rules. If a gun belongs to you then it is your responsibility to ensure its proper handling.


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Andrew Jerrard is the writer at He helps customers all over the country to find the perfect gun safe for their home or office.



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  1. Gruffalo says:

    Good article, safety should be foremost in a person’s mind when handling a firearm. However, guns are no more dangerous than any other tool. A gun, to my knowledge, has never independently decided to go off and injure someone, any more than a chainsaw would start itself and cut off someone’s foot. A gun is a tool that is designed to send a projectile on a course determined by the direction of the bore at the instant the firing mechanism is activated. That activation may be intentional or unintentional. It is the improper handling of guns that is dangerous. By stating that guns are dangerous the article is inadvertently perpetuating the myth that the anti-gun crowd wants people to associate with guns. How about revising this to start out “Improperly handled guns are dangerous….”
    Also, a bullet hiding inside a gun is not dangerous, however a cartridge would be. The bullet is only the projectile. The cartridge is the case, primer, propellant and projectile, which act in concert to make the bullet exit the barrel.

  2. josh bennett says:

    Have you heard of this SIRT thing? I am wanting to train at home and teach my wife and kids about pistol safety but I live in the city and there isn’t an indoor range nearby.

    I heard about it on this video then did some checking…

    any thoughts?