Saturday, October 15, 2005

Safe Handgun Handling

Firearms Safety Rules courtesy of

Safety instructions for handgun handlingAlways follow the safety instructions for your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Always handle your pistol as if it were loaded.
  2. Never point your pistol at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  3. Never take anyone's word that a gun is unloaded.
  4. Always make sure that your pistol is not loaded before laying it down, or handing it to another person.
  5. Always keep and carry your pistol empty, with the hammer forward except when you intend to shoot.
  6. Never abuse your pistol by using it for any purpose other than shooting.
  7. Never leave the pistol cocked and ready to fire unattended.
  8. Before loading your pistol be sure that the barrel bore, chamber, and action are clean and clear of obstructions. After shooting, clean the pistol as soon as possible.
  9. Always use only clean, dry, original high quality commercially manufactured ammunition, which is appropriate to the caliber of your pistol.
  10. Never drink alcholic beverages or take drugs before or during shooting.
  11. Always wear safety glasses and ear protection when shooting.
  12. Always keep the safety on when the pistol is loaded and cocked, until you are ready to fire. Keep your pistol pointed in a safe direction when disengaging the manual safety.
  13. Always keep clear and keep others clear of the ejection port.
  14. Never squeeze the trigger or put your finger in the trigger guard until you are aiming at a target and ready to shoot.
  15. Always be absolutely sure of your target, and the area behind it, before you squeeze the trigger. A bullet could travel through or past your target up to several hundred meters.
  16. Never shoot at a hard surface such as rock, or a liquid surface such as water.
  17. Never fire your pistol near an animal unless it is trained to accept noise.
  18. Never indulge in "horseplay" while holding your pistol.
  19. Failure to fire: always hold pistol, keeping it pointed towards the target, or a safe open area and wait 30 seconds when the pistol fails to fire. If a handfire (slow ignition) has occurred, the round will fire within 30 seconds. If the round does not fire, remove the magazine, eject the round and examine the primer; if the firing pin indent on the primer is light, or off center, or non-existent, have the pistol examined by a competent gunsmith.
  20. Always make sure your pistol is not loaded before cleaning, storing or travelling.
  21. Always keep and store your pistol and ammunition in separate locked receptacles out of reach and sight of children and untrained people.
  22. Never alter any parts of your pistol as the safety and proper function of your pistol could be seriously compromised.
  23. Always be aware that corrosion, use of damaged ammunition, dropping the pistol on hard surfaces or other "coarse treatment" could cause damage you may not see. If something like this happens allow the pistol to be examined and tested by a competent gunsmith.

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