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How Many Steps to Fire a Gun?


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Nov 20, 2018
Firing a gun isn’t something you should take lightly. There are some rules you should abide by, in order to increase your safety and the safety of those around you. You should not overlook the importance of fire safety if you decide to purchase a gun.
Responsible gun ownership and usage means you should have the proper training required. So, what are the essential guidelines that should dictate your gun usage? We will focus on outlining them in the forthcoming paragraphs.
  • Ensure that the Muzzle Is Pointed in the Correct Direction
This is the first rule you should keep in mind. And if all people would take it as seriously as they should, then the number of firearm incidents would be much lower. Of course, there are some occasions when gun incidents occur without necessarily being someone to blame. But, in most scenarios, it is because of lack of awareness.
Concurrently, when you want to unload or load your gun, you should keep it pointed in the direction you intend to shoot, not the other way around. Hence, in the case of accidental discharge, there would be no serious consequences.
Did you know that, according to official statistics, in 2004 alone, roughly 40 children died due to unintentional fire-arm related injuries? These statistics merely point out that when you decide to purchase a gun, you must act responsibly.
How would we define a safe direction, though? A direction is safe when the bullet can’t strike anyone. Even when it comes to dry firing, you shouldn’t take any chances by choosing an unsafe target. Hence, make a habit out of determining exactly where to point the muzzle of the gun.
  • Be 100 Percent Sure of Your Target before Firing
Once you fire your gun, you can’t take it back. This is why you should never shoot unless you know for sure that there’s nothing behind your target. At the same time, you should note that even when it comes to short bullets, such as 22 bullets, they can still travel beyond 11/4 miles. In the meantime, a high-velocity cartridge – namely 30-06 – is capable of sending a bullet more than three miles away. As for shotgun pellets, these may travel for up to 500 yards.
To that end, before shooting, you should carry in mind the distance it can travel, while taking into account the likelihood of missing the intended target. This can happen even to the most experienced shooters.
  • Use the Right Ammunition
Now, let’s move on to another aspect of great importance – namely that of choosing your ammunition accordingly. As a responsible gun owner, you should note that each firearm requires a specific type of ammunition. Hence, do take the time to read the specifications included in the gun’s instruction manual, as well as the ones provided by the ammunition manufacturer.
Using the wrong ammunition can lead to unwanted complications. For one thing, it might destroy your gun, not to mention that it could also impair your safety. Note that only one cartridge of inadequate caliber or gauge can ruin your gun. And when you think that checking the ammunition takes a second, then you realize that it is definitely worth the effort.
Each type of firearm is manufactured and tested depending on a range of given standards. Meanwhile, re-loaded or hand-loaded ammunition might be dangerous, leading to serious damage.
What should you do in the case of ammunition that has been submerged in water? In this situation, you should discard it in a safe manner. Make sure you don’t locate it in a firearm that is way too lubricated. As matter of fact, if you were to use such ammunition, there are several dangers. For one thing, the arm might not perform as usual. Secondly, the capability of the arm could be impaired, not to mention that you could end up getting hurt.
  • The Barrel Should Be Free of Obstructions before You Fire
Before you load your gun, you should open the action to be 100 percent confident that there’s no ammunition left in the chamber. The barrel should be free from any obstructions before shooting – this is a golden rule. In essence, even the smallest trace of snow, mud or an excess of lubricating oil or grease could lead to increase pressure, which is utterly dangerous. In this scenario, the barrel might bulge or, in the worst-case scenario, it might burst on firing, eventually injuring the shooter or the bystanders.
This is why you should make a golden habit out of cleaning and checking the bore each time before actually shooting. At the same time, there’s usually one thing that could indicate there is something obstructing the bullet – if the strength of the shot doesn’t seem right, then this means that projectile had been lodged inside the barrel.
On a different note, if you place a smaller caliber cartridge in a gun, then the smaller cartridge will fall into the barrel and obstruct the bullet when an adequately sized cartridge is introduced in the gun. This may result in burst barrel, or even worse than this. The thing is that such accidents can be avoided if people are more precautious and responsible when shooting.
  • Get Acquainted with the Specifications of the Gun You Are Firing
Lastly, but definitely not least, we have the following piece of advice: don’t overlook the specifications of the gun you are handling. In fact, it is critical not to handle a gun unless you’ve taken the time to familiarize yourself with its particularities. This means you should know how to load, unload, carry and handle the gun while remaining safe.
To conclude, even if having a gun can be exciting and fun, it is also a full-time job, requiring you to embrace a responsible behavior. These essential rules are critical if you want to fire a gun safely and correctly. Of course, there are other elements worth noting, such as storing your gun safely, among other things, but those are topics we will focus on in the future.
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