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Gun Range Safety Tips; Always Treat Firearms as Loaded, Keep Finger Off Trigger Until Ready to Fire & More

When visiting a gun range, safety is the number one concern and improving your handling and effectiveness is second. At the gun range there is a number of safety rules already set in place. However, there are additional steps each person can take to improve safety at the gun range. Shooting Range Industries would like to put some emphasis on safety while visiting your local shooting range.

No Place for Complacency at Shooting Range

When visiting a shooting range there is no place for complacency. When picking up any firearm, it is everyone’s responsibility to be vigilant the entire time while on the range. When you become complacent at the shooting range, accidents can occur. When on the shooting range, it is important to follow all of the range rules, pay strict attention to the range officer and other participants during the shooting sessions.

Shooting Range Rules & Regulations

When first learning how to handle a firearm you should have been taught the golden rules of firearm safety and handling.
1. Handle every gun as if it is loaded.
2. Keep the muzzle in a safe direction.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger.
4. Be aware of your surroundings.
By following the fundamental gun handling rules, it can prevent accidents. For those who may be teaching themselves gun safety, make sure to fully understand each concept of the golden rules as they are essential to everyone’s safety especially on the range.

Keep Firearm Unloaded when Not in Use

When going to the range, when storing the firearm at home, or when transporting a firearm, the firearm should remain unloaded. The only time a firearm should be loaded is when you are at the firing line and you are preparing for practice. Depending on the gun range rules, some ranges will require even magazines or clips to be empty and ammo loaded at the firing line. Other ranges may allow the magazine or clip to be loaded but separated from the firearm.

Know Your Firearm

There are a number of different types of firearms and many operate very differently. When investing in a firearm, it is important to know how it works. Make sure to know how the safety system works if present, know how the rounds are chambered to diagnose misfires, and the trigger pull. Trigger pull is an important one. Do not let the trigger pull catch you by surprise. Some triggers are very light, while other triggers take more pressure. Accidents can happen if you are not prepared for the round to go off. You can practice dry fire rounds to help familiarize yourself with the trigger pull. When it comes to the firearm’s safety system, know that some firearms may not have them. Glocks have a double trigger system that acts as the safety system, however there is no safety switch. Depending on the type of firearm, some will have different safety mechanisms. Therefore, it is important to know how your firearm’s safety system works. Next, know how each round feeds into the firearm as misfires or jams need to be properly dealt with. For those who are not familiar with dealing with misfires, ask the range officer how to handle the firearm and dealing with the misfire safely.

Custom Portable Shooting Ranges for Firearm Practice & Training

Safety and responsibility is very important for anyone who chooses to handle a firearm of any kind. Shooting Range Industries provides modular indoor shooting ranges. For quality shooting ranges, contact us today.

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