Rule one: Know your target and what is beyond.
One of the big rules the NRA discusses is thinking first and shooting second. Be absolutely sure that you have identified the proper target before pulling the trigger. This means observing the area before toy shoot and being sure that there are no people or a potential for mishap.
Rule two: Know how to use the gun safely.
Know how to use the gun before handling it. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. The safer you are handling the gun the safer you are in general.
Rule three: Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
This is where our cleaning devices come in handy. Make sure that your firearm is clean so that it remains operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are part of the gun’s general upkeep.
Rule four: Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Only BBS, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for the particular gun can be fired safely from that gun. You can find what type of ammunition you can shoot from the stamp on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the cartridge. Do not shoot a gun if it does not have the proper ammunition.
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Rule five: Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
The noise from a gun can rupture your ear drums and cause you to be deaf. To prevent this make sure that you have ear protection and use it appropriately. The guns also emit debris and hot gas that can cause eye injury if shooting glasses are not worn. Protect your body by wearing eye and ear protection.
Rule six: Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
Substances that are likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns. This will impair safety judgment with the firearm.
Rule seven: Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Safe and secure storage requires that untrailed individuals (especially children) be denied access to your guns. Think long and hard about where you’re going to store your guns and how to lock them up.
Rule eight: Be away that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
Not all guns are the same so make sure you find out all of the precautions that are based around the firearm you purchase.