Sunday, September 29, 2013

Back to Basics // Firearms

Back to Basics // Firearms 

I overheard some women talking about firearms and how they don't really know how to operate the one that they currently own.  I felt that I need to inform you about your options for learning more information regarding Firearms and Firearms Safety. 

Shooting Clinics
If you want to learn more about proper handling of firearms in the company of other women just like you check out Women of the NRA's shooting Clinics.  There is one coming to the State of Illinois August 17, 2013. 

There are many opportunities for you to get out and learn some basics.  All you need to do is search for some local clinics.  You can also head to your local gun range because the more shooting time you get in the more comfortable you get with your gun. 

Gun Safety 

Basic Gun Safety Rules:
-ALWAYS point the barrel of the gun in a safe direction. A safe direction is defined as a direction where if the gun discharged, nobody would get hurt. The best direction to point a gun is generally at the ground or floor and to the side. GOLDEN RULE OF SAFETY

-Always keep your finger outside the trigger guard. It may seem natural to place your finger near the trigger, but there is no reason for your finger to be there unless you are ready to squeeze it and shoot the target.

-ALWAYS Keep the action open and the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it. The action is the moving parts of the gun that allow loading, unloading, firing and extraction of the empty case or shell.

-Be sure of your target and what is behind it. You can not take a shot back, so just be aware of your surroundings.

-Use the Correct Ammunition for your firearm. It is your responsibility to know what ammo your firearms takes.

-Always wear ear and eye protection when shooting.


Loading and unloading a firearm varies from model to model but there are some general tips:

First, always point the barrel in a safe direction throughout the loading and unloading process.  
Second, keep finger off the trigger and put the Safety on!  The third step depends on the type of gun being used. 

In a semi-automatic you have to release the magazine first. After removing the magazine, cycle the action by pulling back the slide and catch the ejected cartridge in your hand.
To load the semi-automatic, insert the cartridges into the magazine, insert the magazine into the grip of the handgun and then retract and release the slide to load the chamber.
For revolvers you have to load and unload through the cylinder. Read up on your gun to learn more.

Remember always keep your finger off the Trigger and point the gun in a SAFE DIRECTION!!!

You should practice loading and unloading your gun to get familiar with it. (Use an empty magazine) It also would be a good idea to get some snap caps, these are "dummy shells" so that you are able to dry fire your gun.

Know your Gun

It is important to read the information on your gun and how to handle it! I know how my firearms handle jams and what I need to do to recover from them. The best way to be safe it be as knowledgeable as possible regarding the firearms that you are using.

There are too many guns out there to go over the details regarding every single one. In order to be a responsible gun owner you need to know the basics.

**These are just some basic concepts and are not replacements for an actual certified training course. **

Be Safe, 
Capitol OutdoorsWoman