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Firearms training is a valuable investment for gun owners at all stages. One of the biggest single components of most firearms training classes is a focus on safety guidelines. Safety is essential with firearms, and it's beneficial to have a reminder of the best practices even if you've been shooting for years. Here's a look at a few of the fundamentals that will likely be covered in your firearms training course.
Firearms safety starts with the basic handling of the weapon. Despite the entertainment media's consistently unsafe portrayals, you should never pick up and handle a firearm with your finger on the trigger. Keep your finger alongside the trigger unless, and until, you're actually ready to shoot. This prevents any accidental discharge of the weapon.
Additionally, any firearm equipped with a safety lock should have the safety engaged at all times when the gun is not being actively used. This helps to protect you from accidental discharge as well.
While you may not really associate aiming a gun with firearm safety, there are a couple of key safety considerations that you need to consider.
First, you should never aim a firearm at anything or anyone that you don't intend to shoot. Since accidents can happen, it's always best to keep the gun pointed somewhere clear and safe at all times unless you're actively shooting.
Further, when you do decide to aim and shoot a firearm, you need to remember that your target isn't the only thing you should focus on. You should also be aware of everything that's beyond your target. Remember that bullets travel, and any bullet you fire may not stop with your target. As a result, make sure that you look beyond your target and familiarize yourself with anything that's there. If it's not clearly safe for you to fire in that direction, you need to adjust your angle or your position.
When you're done firing a weapon, whether it was used for protection or for target practice, you should clear the weapon. You should also do the same any time you hand the gun to someone to look at.
Proper clearing of a firearm involves ensuring that the gun is free from any rounds. Start by removing the clip or the magazine that holds the bullets. Then, pull the slide back and clear any bullet that may be in the chamber. Once you've done this, engage the safety. These steps help to ensure that the gun is safe to handle.
Visit a local firearms training center, like Salomon Firearms Training, for more help and information.