How To Handle A Firearm Safely

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Firearms are dangerous tools, but they can also be very fun outdoor recreational activity, or even a family event. Before ever touching any type of firearm, there are a few cardinal rules which should be followed at all times. While there are a few “10 rules of firearm safety” posters and sayings or quips, most gun owners believe there are more than just 10. Here we have listed 15 rules, though some of them detail more than one specific thing to follow.

The following rules are generally in order of priority (highest to lowest), but they are all very important and should be followed at all times. Safe firearms handling techniques should be done consistently each and every time: being 99% safe is a recipe for tragedy when it comes to firearms.

1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

  • This rule surpasses all other rules. It is a very simple concept, if the firearm is pointed in a safe direction, intentional or accidental discharge will not harm anyone. The safest direction should be chosen, so humans, animals, then inanimate objects are all taken into account.
  • This also includes being sure that when you carry the firearm you are able to fully control the muzzle direction and angle, especially if you are walking, or otherwise traveling (in case you trip or stumble, this is also helped by Rule 3).

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