Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Firearms 101: Gun Safety

Skipping around on our list a little I'd like to talk about firearms briefly. I think every man, and woman, should know a little about guns. You can choose not to own, operate, or use a gun. That's fine. Just accept that you're a sissy. The first thing we need to talk about regardless of type, caliber, capacity or assaultiness of any gun is safety. There are four basic rules laid down by the great Jeff Cooper. If you know nothing else these will take you a long way.

Rule One: All guns are always loaded. 

If you watch regular shooters they will always check that a weapon is clear before handling it even if the person handing it to them just cleared it. You can NEVER be too careful.

Rule Two: Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.

Guns are very useful. Guns can be fun to shoot. They kill. Keep your weapon pointed away from people at all times.

Notice the low angle of his barrel pointed away from those around him.

Rule Three: Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.

Your brain is your best safety. No finger on the trigger gun no go boom.

No boom.

Rule Four: Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

If you have a bead on Bambi take a glance in the distance for a swathe of orange. 

Now that we've covered the rules, how many is Senator Feinstein breaking in this one picture?