Without doubt, gun safety is always the priority when handling guns. The basics never change and need to be reinforced constantly:
- A gun safety course should be taken before handling a gun.
- Every gun should be treated as if it were loaded.
- Your gun should be pointed in a safe direction at all times.
- Do not take your gun off safety until you are ready to shoot.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Store your firearm so that children cannot access it.
- Never shoot at water or a hard surface as the shot can be deflected in various directions.
- Be knowledgeable about your firearm safety features but remember they do not substitute safe handling on your part.
- Properly clean and maintain your firearm
- Use the proper ammunition.
- Never climb a tree stand, fence or obstruction with a loaded firearm
- Avoid alcohol or medications that may impair you while handling a firearm.
- Never transport a loaded gun.
I recommend getting used to your gun by practicing with it without it being loaded – by that, I mean get to know your gun. I practiced drawing my handgun from my holster many many times unloaded and used a post it note for my target. The muscle memory from this exercise will enable you to feel comfortable when you use it at the shooting range.