A gun can discharge at any time if not handled with care resulting in a serious injury or even loss of life. A firearm is designed with safety feature such as the safe button to prevent self-firing but a user must have a clear understanding of it safe operation for maximum safety. The general rule of using a gun is never to touch the trigger unless one is sure they want to shoot. To avoid unintentional harm, users should adhere to the following safety tips while using firearms:
Use the Correct Ammunition
Ensure to adhere to warnings and instructions on the gun and on ammunition boxes regarding the correct ammunition for use with a firearm. Use of the wrong kind of ammunition can cause serious personal injury and firearm damage. Placing a smaller cartridge in a firearm poses the risk of sliding into the barrel thus blocking the bore upon firing the correct size of the cartridge. Avoid using damaged, wet or oil sprayed ammunition and those made from substandard materials for your safety and durability of the firearm.
Handle Your Gun with Care if it Fails to Discharge upon Pulling the Trigger
You should know that whenever your gun’s chamber has a cartridge, it is ready to fire even after the cartridge fails to do so. Remember that your gun can fire any time. At times, a cartridge may fail to fire after pulling the trigger. Should this happen, keep your gun’s muzzle pointed away from you and others. Carefully open the gun’s action with your face far away from the breech then unload it and safely dispose of the cartridge.You should ensure to discharge your firearm, clean or handle ammunition in a properly ventilated location. Handling a firearm exposes one to toxic chemicals such as lead which can cause health problems such as infertility and breathing difficulties among others. You should also ensure to wash your hands with soap after handling chemicals found in your firearm.
Wear Eye Goggles and Ear Mufflers When Shooting
Ensure to have an eye and ear protection when shooting. Eye protection is vital to guard against firearm malfunction, target chips, twigs, and falling shots. Shooting produces too loud noise which can damage your hearing which is why wearing ear mufflers is essential. You should also wear eye protection when cleaning and disassembling your firearm to prevent solvents, springs, and tension parts from coming into contact with your eye.
Ensure There is no Obstruction in the Barrel Prior to Shooting
Open the action and ensure that the magazine is empty prior to loading your firearm. Any obstruction in the barrel including small pieces of mud, grease or oil spills, and snow among others can cause an increase in pressure when the gun is fired. The increased pressure can cause the barrel to bulge or even burst injuring the shooter and those nearby. Clean the bore using a cleaning rod and check for obstructions before to shooting. Stop firing as soon as the noise on firing wanes or sounds unfamiliar and check that the barrel is free of any obstruction. Our next article will be safety tips on cutting a fallen tree with a chainsaw.