Greetings and welcome to the first edition of Shootin With The Gunny. (Presented by Allison Arms).
The intent of this article, initially, was to discuss weapon safety, proper handling techniques, and potential mistakes we all can make. However, considering the recent Coronavirus outbreak, I thought I would change direction just a little bit and discuss new gun ownership.
When all of this COVID-19/Coronavirus stuff began, many people begin purchasing firearms, including those who have never owned a firearm in their lives. This can be problematic on many levels.
We’ve all heard of the horrible stories of a child gaining access to a gun and accidentally killing a younger sibling or friend (or themselves). Or for that matter, an adult who is unaware of proper techniques of handling the weapon, accidentally shooting someone or themselves. Those tragedies can be prevented with proper firearm training, techniques, and education.
I'm not going to go into specifics here regarding techniques, weapon systems, different types and sizes of ammunition etc. That’d be way too difficult in this forum and irresponsible on my part. I'll only suggest this: There is no such thing as an “accidental discharge” and a “weapons handling accident.” Those are considered negligent discharges and negligent incidents. “Negligent” because you failed to seek proper training and instruction on that weapon.
If you are a first-time owner, bravo for exercising your 2nd amendment rights, but I strongly suggest that you enroll in a firearms training class given by an experienced instructor at a range near you. Most responsible gun shops have people on file or people that they are aware of who offer such classes.
Better yet, if you've not purchased a weapon go to one of these ranges and choose from several different weapons and calibers and types before purchasing. There are semi-automatic, automatic, revolvers, you name it they are out there. Before purchasing a weapon ask the range owner or gun shop owner to allow you to test fire several weapons of different sizes and calibers before making your purchase. This will assure you of getting a weapon you're not intimidated by and weapon that you can control and be comfortable with. Not everybody needs to be Clint Eastwood with the .357 magnum pistol asking a young person if they feel lucky. While that makes for great theater, it’s not very good small arms decision making. Get a weapon you're comfortable with and will fulfill the need that you foresee.
Once you purchase, or if you already own a firearm, be safe with it. Be confident with it. But I always respect it. Never assume the gun is unloaded, never assume the gun is secured never assume the gun is on safe. There's no such thing as overreacting when it comes to weapon safety.
Be safe out there and respect one another but by all means respect your firearm.
A collection of wise advise, common sense and just plan old education goodness...
W. K McDaniel
Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (ret.)
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HM1(SW), MBA, LSSBB,
Arms Dealer, US Navy (ret.)
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