Gun Safety, It’s really not that hard.


This safety stuff is about awareness, keep your head up and brain turned on and don’t do anything that can make your mind fuzzy when you are using your gun.  Medication, alcohol, drugs or fatigue.

Number one, consider every gun loaded, check the chamber every time you pick up a gun and then you still don’t point it at anything or anyone you don’t want to punch a hole through.

Number two, your gun does not need to be loaded until it is time to shoot something.  A self defense weapon is loaded and on standby, hopefully never to be needed for real so it requires a reasonable amount of training and continual caution since it is loaded and it can make a hole in someone.

Number three, keep your ‘booger hook’ finger out of the trigger guard until you want to hear the gun go bang.  Then and only then you insert finger and pull and make a hole in things.

Number four, unload your gun when you are through hunting or shooting, getting in or out of a deer blind or vehicle or climbing a fence.  Check to make sure it is unloaded before you put your gun down or in it’s case.  Folks have been shot by dogs jumping in the back seat of a vehicle and hitting the trigger and that would be a very sad, sorry way to die.

Number five, keep you gun in good shape, clean it and oil lightly so you don’t have hang fires and if you do, don’t look down the barrel to see if there is a bullet coming out.  If a shell is jammed and it can not be taken out easily break the gun down as far as it is safe and take it to a gunsmith.

Number six, be aware of your surroundings and realize that bullets and shot both can travel a long way and if you are hunting birds there might be other hunters behind the quail you are trying to shoot, don’t be a Dick.  Once a bullet leaves the barrel it will not stop until it punches a hole in something.

And the last one is use the correct ammo in your gun, don’t put a 20 ga. shell in a 12 ga. and then stick a 12 ga. shell in behind it and blow your face off.  Be careful with pistol and rifle ammo because some cartridges almost fit and some are too powerful for older guns.



About the Author

Joe McElyea
I am an original member and founder of the esteemed High Plains Shooting and Dining Society which is dedicated to fellowship of bird hunters and shooters who also enjoy finding great local places to eat large, unhealthy portions of breaded and fried meats and gravies washed down with the appropriate libations. I am also a retired old man who enjoys fishing, shooting and my wonderful family.

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  1. Avatar Kate says:

    Common sense stuff. None of it’s very difficult. Thank you!