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The Rules Of Safety Shooting

Mar 2, 2008
Accidents happen, even when enjoying a supposedly harmless hobby. Hunting, for one, can be the most fun; yet can pose risks with a tiny careless act.

It is therefore a must to know just how to be safe when shooting. Understanding fully the leisure in hunting entails knowledge in handling the devices that come with the hobby.

The most basic rule when picking up a firearm is to check if it is loaded. The magazine and the chamber should be empty. For new owners, be sure to read and understand fully the instructions on the firearm's manual before these firearms or bows are handled.

Whether to be used or in its idle state, the muzzle must at all times be pointed to a direction that is safe and if possible, empty. The muzzle's direction must be controlled all the time, never resting on your toe or foot. A significant point is for the trigger guard not to be touched by your finger until that very instant that you are aiming and are ready to fire. Never point a bow or a firearm at what you do not intend to shoot. The safety feature of the equipment should always be locked until the instant that the shooter will fire. That safety, however, should not substitute the safe ways to firearm handling.

When not in use, firearms must always be unloaded. Make sure to also unstring unused conventional bows. Trigger guards and locks should be turned on when the firearm is not being used. Furthermore, these ammunitions should be stored in dry and cool places.

Handle the equipment with utmost care; never even horseplay with these firearms. Learn how to properly carry guns and make sure that a cleaning kit comes in handy.

Handling a gun or any hunting device does not provide room for the clumsy and the careless. Never compromise safety with excitement in any way when it comes to the hunting hobby. Learn to control your emotions; otherwise you may accidentally do anything carelessly and cause harm in the process.

Be completely sure of the identity of your target, what and where it is, before pulling the trigger. Learning how to properly identify animals for the game is a top priority. Never even raise your scope to find your target, which should be in good light and is fully visible. This is where binoculars should be used for you to know what is in front of what you target to shoot, or what is beside and behind it for that matter. Also, remember that ricochets are dangerous, so never shoot at hard or flat surfaces like rocks, water or steel.

Still for your safety, wear eye and hearing protection at all times. Drinking alcohol before or during your handling of ammunitions is a big no-no. Professional hunting teams perform certain checks on their participants to ensure that everyone is in top shape for their take on the sports.

According to hunting specialists, knowing these tips may prove helpful, but learning doesn't end with knowing the rules. Only by understanding the essence of safety in this pastime can an enthusiast ensure a fully enjoyable and harmless shooting and hunting sports!
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