For many Americans, hunting is a way of life, and it is a sport that has been passed down through the generations in families. Listed below are several things to keep in mind when handling your weapon.
Always be mindful of the direction that your muzzle is pointed. A good rule of thumb is to never point your gun at anything that you do not intend to shoot. Numerous accidental shootings have occurred because someone thought that the chamber of the gun was empty, and they pointed the weapon at a friend or family member and it fired, so keep your point your gun downward.
Unload Your Weapon
Make sure that you unload your gun as soon as you are done hunting. There is absolutely no reason for you, or anyone else for that matter to be riding around in a vehicle with a loaded weapon. Removing the ammunition from your gun as soon as you are done with your hunt will ensure that you won’t forget to do it at a later time, and it will lessen the chances of an accidental shooting occurring in your home. Be sure to keep your weapon in a gun safe when it is not in use.
Don’t Take the Safety For Granted
You should treat every gun as a weapon that can fire at anytime. Do not allow yourself to fall into a false sense of security and belief that because the safety is on that the gun will not fire. Remember, it is possible that your gun can fire at anytime with or without the safety on. The safety on your weapon is there to act as an additional safety mechanism; it is not there to serve as a replacement for common sense, or basic gun safety knowledge.