Each year, more and more women decide to purchase a firearm. Be it a small pistol or perhaps a semi-automatic rifle, women everywhere use guns for self-defense, hunting, target shooting, and other activities. However, responsible gun ownership means you need to have a good understanding of firearms safety. If you have purchased a gun or are preparing to do so, here is a beginner’s guide to women and firearms safety.
Assume Any Gun is Loaded
The most basic rule for firearms safety is for you to always assume that any gun you are handling is loaded. Even if it is your own gun and you are 99 percent certain it is unloaded, always double-check so that you leave nothing to chance. If someone hands you a gun and assures you it’s unloaded, check it anyway.
Finger Off the Trigger
When you are holding any type of gun, it is always tempting and somewhat natural for you to have your finger on the trigger. However, unless you are actually preparing to fire your weapon, it is always best if you leave your finger off the trigger itself. Instead, keep your index finger pointed straight along your gun’s frame. If you allow your finger to move inside the trigger guard, you may accidentally fire your gun.
Take a Gun Safety Class
Once you buy a gun from a dealer such as Tombstone Tactical, sign up for a gun safety class as soon as possible. These classes, which are often taught by law enforcement officers or certified firearms instructors, will teach you the basics of gun ownership such as how to fire your weapon, how to maintain it so that it is in proper working order, and other important areas. Best of all, these classes usually give you time at a shooting range to get in some much-needed practice firing your gun, which will also give you the chance to get your questions answered by trained professionals.
Lock It Up
Finally, whenever you are not using your gun, always keep it locked away in a safe place. Whether you buy a customized gun cabinet or decide to use a safe or storage box with a heavy-duty lock, never under any circumstances leave your gun laying around where others, especially children, can gain possession of it and possibly injure or kill themselves or others.
No matter what type of firearm you’ve purchased and for whatever reason you have done so, always keep these tips in mind from the very beginning. By doing so, you’ll know how to use your gun in a safe and responsible manner.