Now that you are the proud owner of your own gun, it is important that you consider these precautions and follow certain safety regulations for gun users to ensure that you are on the right track.
Direction Is Important
At all times, it is essential that you keep your gun aimed in the right and safe direction. It should not point in the direction where you do not desire to shoot. Under any circumstances, do not direct your firearm towards any person. Depending on the place or situation that you are in, it is important to gauge the safe distance and act accordingly.
In general, when not in use, there are two ways of keeping your gun in a safe position. One is with its muzzle pointing directly towards the sky and the other downwards toward the ground. If your weapon fails to fire even after you have gone ahead and pressed the trigger, then it is important to exercise extreme caution with regards to the direction in which you place or point your firearm; it’s a good idea to throw the dead cartridge away or put the safety latch on.
Another important regulation to keep in mind while handling guns is your finger positioning. Always remember to keep your finger away from the trigger, unless you are absolutely ready to shoot. There exists inherent and real danger if you keep your finger in the area of the trigger guard or on the trigger—especially if you have not taken the decision to shoot.
The safest place to keep your trigger-friendly finger is by the side of the gun or on the outside of the trigger guard. These are the areas which have the least probability of any accident taking place. The many dangers of keeping your finger on the trigger include the possibility of something startling you or your hand slipping at the wrong time –thus shooting out your 40 cal ammo or any other pellet that you may be using for your purpose.
Awareness of Surroundings and the Target
Total awareness of the target and your immediate surroundings is a must too. There always exists a chance of missing your target while you are firing your gun (especially true in the case of inexperienced people), and so it is crucial to keep a watchful eye on the area that is located beyond the target. Unexpected things or people may appear between you and your target and so along with the target you have to keep the surroundings in mind also.
Last but not the least, safe storage is one of the main fundamentals of the safety regulations involved with guns and ammo. Proper precautions at all levels are a must. These safety regulations for gun users will help you have more enjoyable experiences with your weapons.
All the best!