As I mentioned in a previous post, there are rules for safely handling firearms . The best set of rules were developed by Jeff Cooper, a firearms expert:
The Four Rules
All guns are always loaded.
Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Hubby drilled these into me and when we take friends who are new to shooting out, we make sure they understand each and everyone.
Too many times we hear stories about someone cleaning a firearm and shooting themselves or someone else and saying, "but I thought it was unloaded!"
I have learned these so well I will yell at characters on the screen if I think they are handling the firearms wrong.
Image Credit » Jean Crawford Evans 2015