Mass Basic Firearms Safety Course

While we spend lots of time on our writing efforts here on actual info about basic firearms safety for everyone. We also aim to provide our readers with relevant guides, news & stories that are related to firearms and their storage. Take a closer look at your safety and how a few simple precautions can result in proper usage of handgun, pistols, rifles, and accessories. Lots of info taken in this article is gathered from various reputable web pages such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). We’re hopeful that our readers will chime in with their own advice as well by leaving a reply in the comments section below this post.

One of the most basic precautions that is often taught to even kids handling toy guns is that you always point the muzzle in a safe direction, regardless of whether or not it is loaded. Of course, this isn’t employed in cases such as water pistols, but I can easily recall my very first BB gun rifle and the cardinal rule of always paying attention to where the muzzle was pointed. This very basic skill is elementary in ensuring an individual is doing everything possible to avoid accidents with a firearm.

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Keep Your Guns Unloaded When Storing

We make a point of talking about the best gun safes and properly storing all firearms here on our website, yet one of the less talked about topics (which is even controversial at times) is whether or not to keep loaded guns in storage. Having been around several family members who are in some capacity involved with law enforcement, I’ve been around my share of households that actually store quite a few loaded weapons; yet in general, I would say that all firearms should be unloaded when not in use unless you are a highly trained and licensed individual. Thanks to advancement in gun safe technology, many safes are much more difficult to break into (especially by children) than they used to be – but not everyone has a state of the art gun safe to store their weapons. Even in today’s society, there are plenty of loaded firearms stored in trunks, on pick-up truck racks, in dresser drawers, and in actual safes.

Maintaining firearms in an unloaded state when not in use is a great way to rest easier in my opinion; if for no other reason than to add one crucial step that’s necessary for an unwanted firing in case of compromised storage space.

Be Wary of Misfiring

If you’ve had extensive experience with firearms, then you are aware that they sometimes jam or otherwise fail to fire when the trigger is pulled. You have to take care of the firearm with extreme care. If the particular conditions are met a jammed firearm is still capable of exploding at any time. According to the NSSF info, “a cartridge may not fire while the pistol's trigger is pulled. If this happens, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and keep your face away from the breech. Then carefully open it and unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way. Anytime put the cartridge in the chamber, your gun is loaded and ready to fire. It could go off when you want, so you must always remember Rule No. 1 and watch that muzzle!”

There are plenty of other precautions that gun owners should take into consideration when it comes to firearm safety, including using the appropriate ammunition, not modifying your firearm, and double-checking the surrounding background area before pulling the trigger.

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