Firing a gun is a good skill to learn, not only for self defense, but also for competition and hunting.If you have never fired a gun before, they can seem intimidating and dangerous.By learning gun operation procedures and safety measures, shooting can be fun and manageable.
Step 1: Every firearm should be treated as if it were loaded.
There are no exceptions to this rule.It is easy for a professional marksman to forget if a gun is ready to fire and the consequences can be very serious.
Step 2: If you don’t want to shoot, never point your gun at something.
If you think your gun is unloaded, do not point it at your friends, a part of your body, or a pet.
Step 3: Don’t put your finger on the guard until you are ready to shoot.
With relatively little pressure, the Trigger can be activated.If you want to keep your finger off the gun, you have to train yourself to hold it and not shoot it.
Step 4: Until you are ready to shoot, keep the safety on.
The safety helps keep you safe while handling your gun.When you are ready to shoot, turn the safety off.Even with the safety on, remember to treat your firearm like it is loaded and dangerous.The safety is not a guarantee.
Step 5: Don’t load your gun if you’re not using it.
It is easy to forget if your gun is loaded or not.Before leaving the shooting range, make sure your gun is fully emptied.If necessary, double check.
Step 6: Don’t leave your gun lying around for others to pick it up.
Responsibility comes along with owning a gun.Make sure you know where your gun is at all times, and don’t leave it in places where others can pick it up, accidentally or on purpose.Before you put your gun down, take all of the bullets.Put your gun in a safe.There is a gun safe that you can use to store your gun.If you have children in the house, you need to make sure they can’t access the gun without supervision.Make sure your gun is empty by removing the magazine and making sure there isn’t a bullet in the chamber.
Step 7: Before shooting, look to see what is beyond your target.
Make sure you don’t hurt, harm, or ruin behind your target because bullets go through things and missed shots go around things.If someone else is on the range, shoot your gun.There is a chance of danger behind your target if you shoot somewhere other than a shooting range.
Step 8: For your gun, choose the right size bullets.
Ask your local gun store for help choosing the right bullets for your gun.Guns and bullets are labeled the same, but there are exceptions, details, and variations to the rule.If you don’t want to do it yourself, consult a professional.
Step 9: Train for target practice.
Full metal jacket projectiles are usually used in target ammunition.The soft lead core is encased in a harder metal shell.They are perfect for practice shooting because they are easier to make.
Step 10: Hunting bullets can be used for hunting trips.
You want to buy bullets that bring down your target quickly.The best hunting bullets can penetrate thick bone and muscles.You need more power in order to be able to kill your prey in a humane way.If you want to hunt an animal, never use FMJ bullets as they will leave the animal severely wounded.
Step 11: It was clean.
Even if you already own a weapon, it is a good idea to check it over and perform any necessary preventative maintenance before you shoot.A professional gunsmith can tell you if your gun is safe to fire.If you’re not sure about the safety of your gun, don’t load it.If you are a new gun owner, you should be aware that manufacturers often pack weapons with grease that is meant to be removed before use.If a weapon is shot before being cleaned, it may not function well.
Step 12: Before shooting, buy safety equipment.
You will need protection for your ears and eyes.Small caliber guns are loud enough to permanently damage your hearing, and all guns can throw off unexpected power that can cause serious injury.A variety of ear protectors are available, from inexpensive foam earplugs to more expensive hearing protection that can help you hear gunshot noises.There are many styles of shooting glasses that you can choose from.You can borrow or rent eye protection at shooting ranges.
Step 13: The barrel should be pointed in a safe direction.
Never point your gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.You should always be aware of the direction your gun is pointing.
Step 14: Take the magazine out of your gun.
If you have a gun that has a button on the side of it, you can put the magazine in it.
Step 15: There are more rounds in the chamber.
There isn’t a round loaded in the chamber.It is possible that your gun opened its slide to show that it is empty.Pull the rack back to show the chamber.Make sure the chamber is empty.
Step 16: You can hold the magazine in your non-dominant hand.
The back part of the magazine should be positioned between your thumb and index finger, because it slopes slightly upwards.
Step 17: One bullet should be inserted.
The rounds can be inserted by sliding the rear end of the bullets into the magazine.You will feel resistance as you slide the bullet in.Push down and slide the bullet all the way in.
Step 18: Re-insert the magazine.
Continue until you can’t push the plate down.The top bullet needs to be firmly engaged.Push up until you hear a click, then re-insert the magazine into the gun.
Step 19: Use your dominant hand to grip the gun.
Wrap your middle, ring, and pinky finger around the handle and rest it in your palm.
Step 20: Use your non-dominant hand to support the gun.
The portion of the grip that is uncovered by your dominant hand should be covered with your non-dominant hand.Put your fingers under the guard on your dominant hand.
Step 21: The gun should be held tightly.
All guns have at least some kick to them when you fire a small explosion.Don’t hold the gun in a death grip, but hold it tighter than you think.
Step 22: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
You can find a position that is comfortable for you.The gun’s kick could cause you to fly backwards and hurt you, so make sure you don’t stand too close together.
Step 23: Lean forward with your arms extended.
Your arms should be extended straight in front of you.Keep your shoulders square as you bend your elbows.To counteract the gun’s kick, lean forward slightly.
Step 24: Align the sights.
The front sight post and rear sight notch are what your handgun has.The top of the rear and front sights should be on the same level.That tells you where the bullet is going.
Step 25: The gun should be squeezed.
Without moving it side-to-side, pull the gun straight back.Pull in a smooth, continuous motion.If you are having trouble, try using a slogan like “slooooooow”.