Wednesday, September 28, 2011

With Firearms, Safety Comes First (Part II)

Part II on the safety measures necessary while dealing with firearms is below. There can be many safety precautions since it is such a dangerous tool to have, but some most important ones are elaborated here for readers' benefit. Along with obeying laws, a Federal Firearms License holder must respect the society well being and should be courteous enough to play a significant and responsible role as a citizen.

Look Around
Once you know what your target is, you can then position yourself accordingly. While shooting, you should not only focus on your target, but also each and everything in your closest surroundings. If you have someone with you, he/she must be standing alongside you and not behind you. Shooting while standing in front of someone may cause harm and damage as a result of backfire.

Keep Unloaded
If you do not intend to use your gun immediately, or are handing it over to someone else, you should always unload it. Likewise while you receive a firearm from someone, make sure the magazine and chamber are empty. In some states, travelling with a loaded gun without a specific permit is illegal, even if it is just about travelling a tiny little distance.

Stick to Specific Ammunitions
Each and every piece of firearm is made compatible with one specific type of ammunition. Buying and loading improper ammunitions in your gun can be massively dangerous for user and the people and objects in the surroundings. It can also harm the firearm if you hand-load or over-load the magazine with inappropriate ammunitions.

Be Protected
You must protect your eyes and ears with glasses and headset. Extended use of guns can seriously damage hearing. If you experience ringing sound in your ear, it is a sign that the sound of fire is exceeding your ears' capacity. Likewise, eyes can also be affected by the ammunition brass or heat. It can be really harmful for eyes. Be alert at this point in time. Things like this should never happen in fact, there must be safety precautions all the time.

What If It Doesn't Fire
If you press the trigger and it doesn't fire, be sure there is a problem. You must recall whether you loaded the gun or not. If you are sure you did, then you need to act cautiously. It is mainly due to the use of improper and hand-loaded ammunitions. You must then remove the magazine and cartridge and place these safely, away from humans and valuables, unless and until an expert checks the firearm to trace the problem.

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