Gun Safety 101
Alliant Metals has gone over the importance of shooting range etiquette in the past, but we have yet to dive into some of the basic gun safety measures we think everyone who handles a firearm should know. As a company that sells steel gong targets, we have the audience and opportunity to teach new shooters a thing or two about the importance of gun safety. Here are some of the most basic, yet most important gun safety tips you should know.
- Always assume guns have ammo
- Understand the mechanics of the particular gun you are using
- You should never pass a loaded gun or receive a loaded firearm
- Keep your weapon locked until you are ready to use it
- Leave your safety on when it is not in use
- Don’t rely on the safety to prevent your gun from firing
- Never point a gun at something you’re not prepared to shoot
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
- Be aware of your surroundings to avoid potential hazards
- Always be aware of your target and what’s beyond it
- Do not place metal targets against a fixed post or object.
- Metal targets must always be hung and able to swing so bullets do not ricochet but are instead deflected to fall to the ground.
- Follow the rules of the shooting range
- Wear eye and ear safety while shooting
- Always keep your gun pointed down range
- Keep your weapon pointed in the safest possible direction
- Store your guns in a gun safe
- Shooting should always be respected and taken seriously
- Only use firearms when you are completely alert, healthy, and sober
- Shoot with others who are well-versed in guns and ranges to learn more
- When in doubt, don’t shoot
Whether you are getting on the field for the first or fifth time, you should always strive to become a better shooter, and that starts with safety. If you are ever in doubt, ask questions from more sharp shooters, and use the resources provided by others who know more about the smallest and most important gun safety lessons.
To learn more about our steel targets, check out Alliant Metals’ inventory today or call our experts at (800) 543-1453.