Welcome Aboard, First Time New Gun Owners!
By Chris Eger
With a historic surge in gun and ammunition purchases, reportedly spearheaded by first-time buyers, the gun community is reaching out to help with the vital next steps.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the gun industry, has online gun safety videos and information available.
Most important in the NSSF guidelines are the four basic safety rules.
Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
Know your target and what’s around it, including beyond it.
Beyond that, six additional rules form the group’s 10 Commandments of Safety
5. Use correct ammunition.
6. If the gun fails to fire, keep it pointed in a safe direction. Unload it, then inspect it.
7. Always wear eye and ear protection on the range.
8. Before shooting, ensure the barrel is clear of obstructions. Never look down the muzzle end of a firearm.
9. Don’t alter or modify your firearm and have it serviced frequently.
10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of your firearm.
NSSF has resources ready to help at LetsGoShooting.org including a section dedicated to tips for New Shooters. The NRA also has a dedicated