Gun Safety Information in Oklahoma City, OK
As Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns and Gear, H&H Shooting Sports is passionate about gun safety. The most important thing to remember about gun safety is that it is everyone’s responsibility. When you own a gun or are shooting a firearm, you are responsible for knowing how to use and maintain it. Our experienced team is always here to help you handle your gun safely. We understand the two primary causes of firearm incidents are ignorance and carelessness. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge. One can obtain knowledge by learning how your guns and ammunition operate and how to properly handle them. Learning proper marksmanship skills through education and practice is an important step in responsible firearm ownership. Carelessness is neglecting to apply the gun safety rules. As a responsible person, you can make sure that your firearms are always handling safely, and hence without accidents. Gun Safety is everyone’s responsibility. We’ll help you understand firearm safety rules to help keep you and everyone around you safe in the presence of any type of firearm. Contact us to learn more.
Here are some common-sense rules that everyone should learn:
- Treat every gun as if it was loaded.
- Guns not in use must always be unloaded and their actions open. Guns should always be transported in cases to the shooting area.
- Always be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
- Make sure you are using the proper caliber of ammunition for your gun.
- Always handle and carry your gun so that you can control the direction of the muzzle at all times, being aware of all “safe directions”.
- Know your target and what is beyond it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. Guns are not toys. Avoid all horseplay while you are handling firearms.
- All firearms should be kept in a secure place where children, careless adults, and unauthorized persons cannot have access to them.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks and drugs before and/or during shooting. Beware of over-the-counter medications…some slow down your reaction time.
Always Point the Muzzle in a Safe Direction
If you don’t intend to shoot it, don’t point your gun at it. It’s critical when loading or unloading your firearm to point the muzzle in a safe direction. If the gun accidentally discharges, the risk of injury is minimal if the muzzle points in a safe direction. Never point the muzzle in a direction that might strike anyone, ricochet off items, or penetrate a ceiling or wall. The easiest way to follow this rule is always to know where the muzzle of your gun is pointing. Remember that you’re in control of the gun when it is in your hands.
Unload Your Firearm When Not in Use
Firearms should not be loaded when not in use. Ammunition and guns should be in a safe place apart from each other to prevent unauthorized adults and children from gaining access to them. It’s critical to unload your firearm as soon as you are finished with it and store it in a safe place. You should visually check the receiver, chamber, and magazine to determine that they do not contain ammunition.
Always Treat Every Gun as if It Is Loaded
Every gun should be treated as if it is loaded. Never pick a gun up thinking it isn’t loaded. Too many people have made the mistake of thinking a gun is empty when it unexpectedly goes off. When handled correctly, a gun should not go off unexpectedly. Treating your gun as loaded includes never pointing it in an unsafe direction, always checking it for ammunition, and handling it with optimal care.
The safety function on your gun isn’t foolproof. Too many times, people think a gun’s safety is on when it’s somehow been turned off. The safety feature is a supplement to proper gun handling but should never take its place. It’s critical never to touch the firearm’s trigger unless you intend to shoot the gun. Regardless of the safety position, it can be hit hard enough to actuate the firing mechanism.
Know Your Target and Beyond
Once a bullet leaves the barrel, you cannot get it back. Never shoot unless you know the exact target. It’s critical to ensure your bullet will not injure anyone or go beyond your target. A standard velocity bullet can travel over 1.25 miles. A high-velocity cartridge can travel up to three miles. If you miss your intended target, know what is beyond that target. If you fire at a movement or noise in the brush, you must understand that bullets can ricochet or travel far past the intended target.
Always Wear Eye and Ear Protection
Exposure to a gun’s loud shooting noise can damage hearing. It’s essential to wear protective glasses or hearing protectors while shooting. Shooting glasses guard your eyes against ejected brass, debris, clay target chips, and other malfunctions. There are many different eye and ear protection types available, so it’s crucial to find some that are comfortable for you.
Use Correct Ammunition
Always check to ensure the ammunition matches the specifications in your gun’s instruction manual. It’s important to remember that firearms are designed and manufactured based on factory-loaded ammunition. It is important to remember to keep your ammunition stored in a cool, dry environment.
Take Caution if a Gun Doesn’t Fire With a Pulled Trigger
There are times when a cartridge may not fire when you pull the trigger of a gun. If this happens, always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Take extreme caution when opening the action and unloading the firearm. Safely dispose of the cartridge. The thing to remember is that even if your cartridge didn’t go off, it could go off at any time. There is a reason it didn’t go off when you pulled the trigger. The best thing to do is eliminate any cause for concern and throw out the cartridge.
Classes at H&H Shooting Sports
The firearms instructors at H&H Shooting Sports are well-seasoned, experienced instructors who offer small group training classes and private one-on-one shooting lessons. We’ll help you be as safe as possible. Our Basic Handgun Safety And Shooting Fundamentals Class combines classroom presentation and live-fire exercises. Some of our other firearm classes to further your gun education include:
- Oklahoma Self Defense Act Safety Course
- Women’s Basic Handgun Safety and Shooting Fundamentals
- Basic Handgun Part 2
- Basic AR Rifle Fundamentals and Safety Class
- Basic Pump Shotgun Safety and Shooting Fundamentals Class
- Basic Holster and Equipment Safety Part 1 (Open Carry)
- Marksmanship for Defensive Handgun
Visit H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, OK
Visit H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, OK, to learn more about firearms and how to use them safely. We will help you learn how to safely shoot, handle, and store your guns. We have over 60 total indoor shooting lanes for both firearms and archery to practice and improve your safe shooting skills. We also carry the top gun brands from the nation’s largest manufacturers. Visit us today and speak with our team members about what we can do for you!