Other Firearm Rules That We Never Knew About
Anger and guns do not mix
Other firearm safety measures
Are you ready to learn?
This story was inspired by a recent episode of Mountain Monsters show on the America’s Destination (channel). The stars of the show, five guys who love being in the woods and chasing mysterious creatures, (I did a review of the show a week ago), were at the end of a creature “hunts,” and were just standing around talking about what they had learned and where they were going next to investigate more creatures that had been sighted
And there it was. John “Trapper” Tice, the founder and leader of this creature-seeking team was standing with both hands covering the end of the barrel of his Winchester rifle. He was so deep into conversation he never noticed that if his gun were to misfire, he would surely lose a hand or all of his fingers.
This was not a good example of a team leader—creating a potentially-dangerous scene. Not to mention the loss of one or more lives.
So with that, I began to wonder if there were “Other Firearms Rules That We Didn’t Know About,” (which does make a neat hub title) stuck-off somewhere in a safe that no one could open? This current revelation also makes a nifty topic for you hunters and “right to keep and bear arms” advocates to debate.
Before I wrote my story, I took to the internet to see if might find pictures with hunters with firearms and allegedly using them in an improper manner. Sure enough. I found enough photos (seen on this story) to make my point of there being “other” firearm rules that I think we “should” know before we pick up a firearm and try to use it.
Now to further your firearm-education is . . . “Other Firearms Rules That We Didn’t Know About,”
NEVER MIX – firearms with alcohol. This is a cardinal sin if you have been doing this. Alcohol affects your judgment and if the parties are drinking heavily and angry at each other or some other hunter in the club, do I really need to tell you how this ends? All I can say is that nothing good ever comes from abusing alcohol, being angry, and using a firearm.
A FIREARM – need I remind you, is not a toy. Do not show-off your acting skills by doing an impression of Chuck “Lucas McCain” Connors walking down main street North Fork firing is specially-designed rifle around eight times as the show comes on. You are not Chuck Connors. And your rifle is just a rifle—not meant for horseplay.
QUICK DRAWING – with pistols is so stupid in so many ways I cannot write them all down. Even if the pistols are not loaded, what if the doofus you are going against forgets to unload his gun? And what if he is faster on the draw? This has “train wreck” written all over it.
GUNS AND PETS – are not meant to mix. Even your highly-trained Golden Retriever. Shooting quail while holding your shotgun down next to his ears is not only ignorant, but dangerous. Do you really want to be charged with animal abuse?
PRECISION DRILLS – with your rifle are not for you, a good ol’ boy who is hunting with other good ol’ boys. Precision drills are only for U.S. Marines, Army, or other branches of the military who practice for hours day after day. Even if you are “drilling” with empty guns, you might fracture the skull of a good ol’ boy buddy when your heavy double-barrel shotgun bangs him on his head.
AFTER EACH HUNTING – trip, you and your hunting buddies group-up and slowly check each gun to make sure they are unloaded. When walking out of a swamp or land with high grasses and deep holes that are hidden, you could stumble allowing your gun to not only go off, but maim or kill a good buddy. Use this motto: “A Safe Gun is an Empty Gun,” and you will be fine.
CLEANLINESS – is “next to firearm safety,” when you give your firearm a good cleaning before and after each time you go hunting. Get in a rigid-habit of keeping your gun barrel clean of all obstructions such as dirt dabber nests, candy wrappers you put in the barrel when you were drunk, and dirt, the most-common enemy of gun barrels. Your gun will thank you for keeping it clean.
DO NOT MARCH – with your hunter friends in front and back of you. Someone could trip and fall causing their firearm to discharge injuring someone or even worse, scaring off the pheasants you were stalking. Walk shoulder-to-shoulder in a straight walk—with about six feet between each hunter. By doing this exercise, you might be saving someone’s life.
TARGET-PRACTICE – while you are “Still Hunting,” in the woods is dangerous. The old tin can you are shooting at with your buddy just might be someone’s boots who has drank too much and passed out. Inspect the area you are going to be shooting before you load-up. You will sleep better at night.
TAMPERING WITH – someone else’s firearm while you and friends are deer hunting is not only dangerous, but non-thinking. No matter how innocent your prank may be, when you tamper with anything on a gun, it will affect how it operates and where the bullets will go. Be smart. Leave others’ firearms alone.
You know what’s scary? These are only 10 undiscovered firearm rules we never knew about. There could be more.
Learn to use caution instead of a cocky-confidence when you are using a firearm. Your life and the life of friends may depend on it.