Keeping a gun, pistol, or firearm clean is the most important step of maintaining it. This is because the more it is used, the dirtier it becomes. It is very important that you know how to keep your gun clean and properly maintained in order to avoid any malfunctions, problems with the safety, or other issues that may arise if your gun is not cleaned according to standard guidelines.
The basic rules for using a gun are pretty similar to those of using other dangerous equipment. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot at something. One more thing to remember is that you should never transport a gun loaded. Not only is doing so dangerous, but it’s also illegal in some localities. Firearms are a unique and versatile tool which require proper handling knowledge. The purpose of detailing this procedure is to produce maximum accuracy from your weapon as well as create a weapon that will last a long time and have less chances of malfunctioning.
The following safety rules should be followed when handling firearms:
- Some firearms are particularly dangerous, and those with the potential to cause death or serious injury if they are misused or mistreated, or fired unintentionally from falling over, should be treated as if they are loaded (and perhaps even with even greater care) at all times. These include handguns that are kept in homes where children might come across them, rifles and pistols capable of firing in semiautomatic and repeating rifle mode, shotguns capable of firing in pump-action, and break-action modes, fully automatic weapons such as submachine guns and assault rifles, and other highly dangerous weapons.
- Learning about guns often starts with handling the firearm itself. Handling firearms is a lot of fun, but it also comes with special safety rules and precautions. Following safety rules helps you to avoid accidents and injury. In addition, knowing and following safety rules will help you understand that keeping firearms in a safe condition protects your investment, and that you must handle firearms responsibly every time they are handled!
- When handling a firearm, be sure all firearms safety rules are followed. Never take anyone’s word that a gun is unloaded, always check it yourself. Never point a gun at anything that you don’t intend to shoot. Keep all guns out of reach of children. There is no such thing as a safe accident with a firearm. When shooting, never use alcohol or drugs; use proper hearing and eye protection and stay on target. Never shoot at metal objects; it could ricochet back and hit you or someone else. When cleaning a gun or handling ammunition make sure it is out of reach of children, firearms safety should be practiced.
- Make sure that all guns are licensed and in good condition. Always read instructions before using any firearm. When using a gun, always treat it as though it were loaded. Never point the muzzle of a gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy. All guns should be clearly identified with the owner’s initials so that ownership can be traced if necessary. Guns should never be left unattended in the house or car where children may have access to them.