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Other Firearm Rules That We Never Knew About

Updated on April 24, 2014

Anger and guns do not mix

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Other firearm safety measures

Never point a gun loaded or unloaded, at another person or family pet
Never point a gun loaded or unloaded, at another person or family pet | Source
If you are a chronic-sleepwalker, do not put your gun next to your bed. You might dream you have got a prize-winning buck in your sights.
If you are a chronic-sleepwalker, do not put your gun next to your bed. You might dream you have got a prize-winning buck in your sights. | Source
If you are depressed and hunt alone, stop. Go home. Firearms and depression are sworn-enemies.
If you are depressed and hunt alone, stop. Go home. Firearms and depression are sworn-enemies. | Source
Never shoot a firearm near the sensitive-ears of your hunting dogs.
Never shoot a firearm near the sensitive-ears of your hunting dogs. | Source
Keep focused when you are about to fire your gun. Make sure the target is in front of you.
Keep focused when you are about to fire your gun. Make sure the target is in front of you. | Source
If you are going to teach your son all about firearms, then take some firearm safety classes at your community college. You want your son to learn all he can about firearms.
If you are going to teach your son all about firearms, then take some firearm safety classes at your community college. You want your son to learn all he can about firearms. | Source
The moment of truth. Are you sure that you need to fire your gun at that quail?
The moment of truth. Are you sure that you need to fire your gun at that quail? | Source
How sad. Two life-threatening items: A. a firearm and a cigarette. When will we learn that both of these can kill?
How sad. Two life-threatening items: A. a firearm and a cigarette. When will we learn that both of these can kill? | Source

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.

Make sure you know what you are shooting at

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, MizBejabbers,

      Thanks a million for your many kind remarks. I do appreciate it very much, but even if potential firearm owners were made to read this, they would still let their testosterone kick in and be the macho men who like to impress women with their firearms on their shoulders.

      My dad always said, "A gun is not a toy." And he was right.

      You have a peaceful night and come back soon.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Sheila,

      If you know people who have done these things then you need to stay clear of them.

      I too know of men (not women) who take to the woods with friends and even their kids, and show-off their firearm skills and mix in a few shots of whiskey . . .I have said enough.

      I do not own any guns either. My dad did teach me to treat an empty gun as it were loaded and how to hand it to another person.

      I am not a hunter either.

      Come back soon and visit.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Rebecca,

      Thanks for the nice comment, and you are so blessed to live away from those individuals who think they are Superman and impervious to bullets.

      I appreciate your reading and commenting.

      Love, K.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago

      Everybody ought to have to read this hub and be tested on it. Some of these rules are so simple that even a moron ought to know them, but people don’t. My father had a scar on his forehead because my cousin didn’t watch to see if everyone was out of the way and shot at an animal. He grazed daddy with a .22 bullet. This same cousin’s father was peppered in the leg with buckshot by another cousin he and daddy were teaching to hunt. I think I would have given up on those boys after that. However, part of the problem was that the adults always thought hunting was an excuse to drink alcohol and probably didn’t keep a close enough watch on the boys until they learned proper hunting rules. This was years ago when there were no hunter training courses and all farm boys learned from their daddys.

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      I know people who've done everything you mentioned and are lucky to still be alive. I don't own guns, but I know enough about them to treat them with common sense. There was a YouTube video people were posting all over FB for a while. The guy was shooting a cans and one time he pulls the trigger and the rifle didn't fire. What did he do? Put the butt end on the ground, bent over the barrel, and got close enough to look down the barrel. I guess he was trying to see why it was jammed. The gun discharged and the guy was lucky the only thing that got hit was the brim of his ball cap.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hey, Kenneth. So true. I live outside of ATL, in the country, thank the Lord. So often I turn on the news to hear of these tragic stories. It's like no regard for human life.

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