“In the air” is not always the safest direction. How can you determine which way you should point your firearm? Ponder some of the safety rules.
- Always point the muzzle in a safe direction - At the trap range a gentleman was showing off his new pistol. He was in the parking lot just behind stand number two, which was occupied. As he displayed the pistol he had it pointing down range but didn't look at who was in front of him.
- Be certain of your target and what is beyond (This also applies to what your muzzle is pointing toward and what is beyond.) - In the example above, the gentleman made a mistake. He was not AT the firing line. There were five shooters, including my daughter, shooting trap right in front of him. In this scenario, downrange was NOT a safe direction.
- Treat every firearm as if it is loaded - Ordinarily, downrange would sound like a safe direction. We approached him and requested that he not point his new pistol at the shooters ahead of him. He said “But it’s not loaded.” NEVER, assume a firearm is unloaded. ALWAYS treat a firearm as though it might have a round in the chamber.
- Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot – I’m certain none of you do this, but since Hollywood constantly forgets this rule I’ll remind you. Put your finger straight out, above the trigger until you have successfully addressed the above safety rules and know it is safe to shoot
Be safe, at the range and in the field. Happy Hunting!
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