Sep 13, 2009

Four Rules in Gun Safety and Sablayan Firing Range

RULE 1
CONSIDER ALL GUNS AS LOADED.

When handling a gun, always check if a magazine is inserted or open a revolver’s cylinder to verify if there are any bullets. For pistols, release the magazine and repeatedly rack the slide while looking into the chamber. There may be instances when a chambered round fails to eject. In the case of AEG’s, notice that a few BB’s spill out of the mag well during reloads. You might think that your feed tube is empty—think again! This may lead to a serious accident.

RULE 2
KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO FIRE.

Despite all the safety devices incorporated into today’s modern firearms like the firing pin block, magazine safety and the manual safety lever, nothing can make a firearm more unsafe than an incompetent user. Most common firearm accidents recorded involve a situation where a firearm discharged while being handled with the trigger finger in the trigger housing while handcuffing a suspect and during the draw or even while re-holstering a sidearm.

RULE 3
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION

Technically, the muzzle should always be pointing “downrange” in a perfect right angle. In the strictest sense, you must never lower or raise the angle of the muzzle or swing it too far to the left or right. For most lawmen and military personnel, this rule sometimes does not apply given that rifles and pistols are carried either “port arms” or Israel-style, low-ready while moving or when not engaging targets. In simpler terms, do not point at anything you do not intend to kill. This also means, when discharging BB’s prior to storage or when “de-cocking”, point the muzzle away from spectators or to a sandbag, soft earth or a thick bush rather than upwards or at right angle to avoid hurting anyone.

RULE 4
BE AWARE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT LIES AROUND AND BEYOND IT.

A bullet will travel a long way. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a lowly .22LR or a .50BMG. There is no way to stop a bullet unless it hits something or even someone! When target shooting or “plinking”, clear the immediate vicinity of any living thing that you do not intend to harm whether it be human, animal or newly washed car. Never shoot at a paper target without an adequate backstop to catch bullets. Always yell, “Firing!” or “clear the range!” even before you handle your gun so that anyone or anything that shouldn’t be there won’t.

SABLAYAN FIRING RANGE
Located at Brgy. Sto. Nino, Sablayan Occidental Mindoro.
(The upper part of the photo was taken last year, while the lower part was taken this month, Sept. 1.)

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