Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The above photo basically says it all. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Way back when,... I was working at Peck Ace Hardware. At that time they offered a gunsmithing service. A guy walks in with a bolt action 7mm rifle and says he needs some work done on it while the muzzle is pointing at my head. I ask him to point the muzzle down and he says, "Oh it ain't loaded" and points it up and pulls the trigger. It fires, putting a hole in the ceiling. Accidents do happen.
If you own a firearm,... be sure and practice safety. Not the safety on the gun but use common sense. Here are some safety tips that are basically on every gun safety site on the internet.
1. Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
2. Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use
3. Don't Rely On Your Gun's "Safety"
4. Be Sure Of Your Target And What's Beyond It
5. Use Correct Ammunition
6. If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care!
7. Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting
8. Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting
9. Don't Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly
10. Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using
I'm going to add some to the above,... #2,... Keep your gun loaded and out of reach of children. If your gun isn't loaded and someone breaks in while you're home, you may not have time to load it.
#5,.... if you are unsure of the ammo you need. Take your firearm to your local gun dealer. They will help you.
I'll add a number 11. Get familiar with your local gun store. They can and will help you with anything you may need or need to ask.