Gun Safety Guidelines

Toys for the big boys

I was exposed to guns early in life. I have a godfather who love guns and when I was still young, he used to bring me to the firing range and see him shoot. This is perhaps the reason why I seem to have a liking for guns.

I played with plastic guns when I was a child and dreamed of having a real gun when I grow up. Well, I guess now, that dream has been fulfilled since I now have a a gun of my own. The great thing is my guns are license and I make sure that I have sufficient permit to carry if there is a need to bring it out of my house.

In the Philippines, owning a gun is allowed for as long as you have a license to posses. But carrying it outside the house is a different story. One should have the permit to carry firearm outside residence commonly known as PTCFOR.

Some people say that guns are toys for the big boys... I agree and disagree. I agree to the fact that guns are for the big boys since one should be mature enough to own a gun, but disagree to the fact that guns are toys. I do not play with my gun and I carry it for protection and handle it with care.

Gun safety rules

There are many variations otithe rules of gun safety. Perhaps gun enthusiast are familiar with the one introduced by Colonel Jeff Cooper, which are:

  • All guns are always loaded.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

The natonal rifle association also provides similar set guidelines:

  • ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

The Canadian Firearms Program uses the concept of The Four Firearm ACTS or otherwise known as The Fours ACTS of Firearm Safety

  • Assume every firearm is loaded.
  • Control the muzzle direction at all times.
  • Trigger finger off trigger and out of trigger guard.
  • See that the firearm is unloaded.

Follow the rules

Now that you have an idea about gun safety, it is important to remember and follow them at all times. After all, anything done without considering safety will always lead to accident. As I have told earlier, a gun is not a toy. It is given respect and should be handled well. A gun in the wrong hands will lead to disaster. But a gun in the right hands will give you joy and protection.

Fire your gun

For what use is the gun if it does not fire and you do not know how to shoot. Many people thought that hitting a target is easy. This is simply because of what we normally see in the movies. Firing a gun is of course as easy as pulling the trigger. But hitting the right target is a different story. Ask a law enforcement officer as to how many times they shoot in a month to harness their shooting skills. You will be amazed as to how many hours they spend in the firing range and how many rounds they consume.

In my case, I visit the firing range every month and shoot a couple of rounds. In between, I do dry firing at home.... pulling the trigger aiming at a target without a live ammunition. It really helps in improving your shooting skills.

Clean it well

Make sure your clean your gun after every use. Most especially if it is a pistol since they have plenty of moving parts. During every fire, gunpowder residue will stick on the parts and may be difficult to remove later on. This may cause a jam which is a technical term used by shooters for malfunction.

Dont forget also to keep them in a place unreachable by children.... In other words keep it out of reach of children.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Well done and I think good for everyone. Even those that do not use should have greater knowledge. Thank you


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Thanks for the appreciation Eric and thanks for dropping by.


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Writes4You 2 years ago from AZ

Very good information - and without being preachy, just the opportunities and possibilities. I was gifted a gun about 10 years ago, but it sat in its case, high on a shelf because in my heart of hearts, I knew there would be a moment of decision were I ever to point the muzzle at something. I also recognized that that instant would likely be my death. Circumstances changed several years ago and the gun is now taking regular trips to the range. We are also headed to Gunsite for a group adventure. Thank you for a great article.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi writes4you, I think by now you realize the thrill and fun of shooting. I also do firing with my group since its more fun to shoot with company of friends.


Benjamin Chege 2 years ago

Hi JPSO138. I think the rules I love most are: Be sure of your target and what is beyond it, All guns are always loaded, and Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. If people knew these rules and followed them, the world would become a better place to live in. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

thanks for benjamin, thanks for dropping by. I know that there are people who really does not like guns. But I think its a matter of who owns in and how he handles it. Pleasure knowing you...


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Like you I was taught at a young age and guns seem natural and for the purpose of food or protection. I have not needed to shoot any food I am thankful or for protection but it is good to know I can if need be.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi jackie, some people cannot tolerate the fact about having guns or owning guns. Considering the situations about shooting incidents in schools and other places. I totally understand that. But a gun in a responsible person is obviously not a bad idea... thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi jackie, some people cannot tolerate the fact about having guns or owning guns. Considering the situations about shooting incidents in schools and other places. I totally understand that. But a gun in a responsible person is obviously not a bad idea... thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi jackie, some people cannot tolerate the fact about having guns or owning guns. Considering the situations about shooting incidents in schools and other places. I totally understand that. But a gun in a responsible person is obviously not a bad idea... thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi jackie, some people cannot tolerate the fact about having guns or owning guns. Considering the situations about shooting incidents in schools and other places. I totally understand that. But a gun in a responsible person is obviously not a bad idea... thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi jackie, some people cannot tolerate the fact about having guns or owning guns. Considering the situations about shooting incidents in schools and other places. I totally understand that. But a gun in a responsible person is obviously not a bad idea... thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Gun Safety Guidelines interesting but I don't own one and have no intentions of owning one anyways well guided for gun lovers.


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Excellent advice and information. I too am a gun owner and have 2 personal guns. Here in Oklahoma, we are allowed to carry a gun in the open. I however, keep mine in a special pocket in my purse. It is very important to know how to and when to use your gun. You have given very good advice here!


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

I also own guns, in fact 3 of them. Great post


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Levertis Steele 2 years ago from Southern Clime

Like guns or not, gun-safety rules are certainly not a waste of time. I am against guns to a certain degree, but I am not against people needing to protect themselves.

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