Everyone makes mistakes and we can learn from them. But with guns, you might not get the chance to fix your error. So getting a gun for yourself would be a big step in your life.
With firearm ownership comes the responsibility to learn safe firearm handling. Since firearms can be useful and dangerous at the same time, make sure to try your best to avoid these common mistakes when it comes to gun handling.
Having Poor Firearm Training
Instant gratification could kill, and it’s not just a problem faced by most of the young generation. You feel the need to have a gun for hunting or protection, so you head easily to the shop and purchase. Then, you finally feel safe from any intruder and able to catch game even if you didn’t undergo proper firearm training.
If you want a gun for hunting, house protection, sports, or anything else, then you’re required to learn from scratch. And it’s not just about training yourself, it’s also about choosing which firearm is suitable for your intended purpose.
Lastly, basic firearm training entails memorizing the four safety rules:
- All guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target.
- Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified
Not Knowing the Types of Ammunition
There are various types of ammunition forms made for varying purposes. Using an ammunition type that is not made for its function is dangerous. That means self-defense guns need to be loaded with self-defense ammunition.
Failing to use the right ammo will let you diverge from the right pressures, thus making the gun unsafe. It will also hinder you from doing your task faster.
Getting a Light Trigger Job
The light trigger is very beneficial if you are a sport shooter, but it isn’t the best choice for self-defense. For example, a half-pound AR15 trigger is not a good option for a home defense rifle. In survival situations, a vert light trigger may cause a negligent discharge. Besides, it also means you have changed the gun from stock. With the stock parts, a gun can work, but what about with a trigger job? You wouldn’t know if the trigger is reliable, especially if a professional gunsmith didn’t install it.
Not Pointing the Muzzle in a Safe Direction
Keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction is a very basic rule for safety, but poor training could make you miss this simple guideline. If everyone handled a firearm so carefully that the muzzle never pointed at something they didn’t intend to shoot, there would be virtually no firearms accidents.
Simply not point your firearm at anything where you do not intend to shoot, especially when you’re loading or unloading it. In case you accidentally discharge, you don’t have to worry about causing injury since it is pointed in a safe direction.
But what makes a safe direction? It’s basically where a bullet cannot possibly strike anyone. A safe direction is also one where there are no possible ricochets. You also need to consider the fact that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings.
As mentioned, train yourself so you would know where the muzzle of your gun is pointing at all times. Be sure you’re in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing even if you fall or stumble.
Modifying Your Firearm
Guns have very detailed mechanisms that only experts can understand, so tampering with any of the parts may lead to it not working. Any modification you make to your weapon after its manufacture gives it a higher chance to be dangerous and void the manufacturer’s warranty. Don’t compromise your safety and others’ by altering the trigger or other safety mechanisms.