I’ve been shooting since I was……

24 04 2012
An example (open and closed) of a typical gun ...

 

This is the beginning of a very bad example! I am not surprised (and am saddened that I am not surprised) at the amount of people that think they are safe and educated with a firearm just because they have fired a firearm when they were younger. Some people purchase a firearm thinking that just because they know how it works, they will automatically be safe and accurate with that firearm. Sad.

 

Every firearm is different and each person has their own skills that they can bring to the table but those skills may not equate to good habits or even safe practices. The skill of common sense, which is not so common any more and not really a skill, does not mean safe handling or safe thinking. The person that swings a firearm around saying “I know it ain’t loaded” or “I know what I am doing” is usually the one you see on the news saying ” I thought it was unloaded” “I didnt know it was loaded” or my favorite “the gun malfunctioned”.

 

The gun, you see, is an inanimate object that will not do ANYTHING if it is not being touched. It CANNOT do anything if it is not loaded and it can achieve even less if it has been properly outfitted with a trigger lock and is located behind the locked vault or gun safe door. MAGIC you ask? Why, no it is not. It is purely safe handling and education. (*Loud TA DAHHHHHH)

 

For anyone that is curious about firearms and wants to purchase on for pleasure or security or competition even, please seek out the education:
-Find a certified instructor
-Research different pistol safety courses
-Rent a firearm at the local range to get a better opinion of different firearms
-Take lessons on that pistol
-Buy a safe or gun vault
-Then think about what you want out of the pistol
-Have a friend that is knowledgeable about firearms go to purchase a firearm with you
-Take more lessons
-Educate everyone/ANYONE in the home about firearms and being safe around and with them
-Lock the firearm up
-Hide the key and combination from others
-Be safe always
-Always double and triple check that the firearm is clear and safe

 

Always assume that a firearm is loaded until you 100% verify that it it clear of any ammunition. Be safe with firearms and never assume that just because someone works in a field such as: Military, Law Enforcement or Gov Position, that they are safe with the firearms. I have seen scary people that were in authoritative positions that should have been safe but were not. It was a sad reality check for me because I, like many, had a “picture” in my mind about certain trades and  occupations.

 

Be safe and do your homework before you invest in an expensive firearm that you may not be able to shoot (nevermind shoot well).

 

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Clean your firearms……

13 04 2012

Cylinder of a Colt Python Collection Paul Regn...

Even if you do not shoot your firearm(s), it is wise to clean and inspect them on a regular basis. The great thing about gun oil is that it can penetrate the metal and pull the carbon and dirt out. Because of this, the firearm does not have to be saturated in oil, even if it is going to be a long time before it is fired again.

When disassembling the firearm, ensure the area is protected and covered so none of the smaller parts and pieces get lost or fall away from the area. Once the firearm is disassembled, it is important to inspect the parts and pieces for burrs, chips, cracks or anything that may break or create damage to the firearm. Any problems spotted should be addressed immediately.

The cleaning of the firearm is important along with the storage location. Climate controlled is important but also a location devoid of any humidity to minimize rust. desiccant packets are possible to use but can be dangerous to pets if it breaks up open. The same danger applies to children as well.

Upon the completion of the cleaning and inspection, reassemble the firearm and then function check the firearm to ensure everything functions the way it should. Wiping a coat of oil over the firearm and removing the excess will keep the firearm protected while it is in storage (gun safe or gun locker….not a garage somewhere).

Even if the firearm is not used, it should be removed and inspected every once in a while to ensure it will function and no rust has accumulated on it. Your firearm is your investment in your security or your pleasure, either way you paid for it, it is wise to take care of it. Be Safe!