One of the most practical ways you can protect yourself and your property is to own a firearm. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to safely use, store, or handle a gun in a non-emergency, much less in an adrenaline fueled situation where human lives are at stake. Guns can protect us in an emergency, but they can also cause great tragedy when not handled properly. Unfortunately, many gun accidents happen when people don’t follow general gun safety guidelines. If you are thinking about purchasing a firearm for survival purposes, here are some important tips you need to know.
Before you do anything else, do some research and learn about your rights as a gun owner. Know the laws for your state and what they require for you to own and operate a firearm, even for hunting. Make sure that you have the proper carry permit (if required in your state) or gun ownership identification, and that it is easily accessible if you are ever questioned.
Next, you need to learn how to use your firearm properly. If you have never taken a gun safety class, now is the time to sign up. These classes are really helpful for new gun owners and a certified instructor will teach you how to properly hold the weapon and how to fire it accurately. Firearm training is really a great event for the whole family. Even if members of your household are theoretically opposed to using a gun, they still need to know how to use one correctly in case of an emergency where it’s needed for self-defense. If you don’t know how to safely load and unload a gun, do not attempt it yourself until you have gone through proper training.
Remember to treat every gun like a loaded gun. By handling every gun like it’s loaded, you can prevent a potentially deadly accident. Always keep guns out of the reach of children, out of sight, and store them locked in a safe, unloaded. Some also recommend that you store the bullets in a separate location. Kids need to know that they should never handle a gun without an adult around, and never without permission. This is a non-negotiable rule in our home.
When handling a firearm, use extreme caution. Keep your hand off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Again, this simple act can prevent a tragedy. Also, don’t rely on the safety as a complete guarantee. Keep your guns cleaned and service them regularly. As with anything you own, proper care and maintenance will help it to operate at peak performance for a long time. Always take care to double check that a gun is empty before cleaning as a safety measure. If you aren’t sure if your gun is in good working order, a gunsmith can give it a thorough inspection.
Finally, make sure you use the correct ammunition for your particular weapon. Never fire a gun unless you are 100% sure the proper ammunition is inside. If the ammo is not the correct size, it could break your gun or even cause a dangerous malfunction.
Gun safety is not only practical in an emergency, it is vital. If you are faced with looters or intruders you need to know how to defend yourself and those you love. Sometimes it is necessary to use a weapon to do that, but it may not always need to be fired. The last thing anyone wants is someone wildly firing a weapon as a scare tactic. It could injure or kill innocent people and it might only bring out retaliation violence. Keeping a cool head in a dangerous situation can most of the time bring about a peaceful resolution. While we don’t always want to use a gun, sometimes there is no other alternative, and you want to know how to use one safely.
Are you prepared to fire a weapon safely in a survival situation?