Is your bugout bag all set and ready to go? Or as you pack up water, rations, first aid supplies, etc. are you wondering about what you should be "packing" in terms of a firearm?
In reality, prepared individuals should have a couple of different types of weapons at their disposal. The popular image of a survivalist or prepper is one whose "lair" is bulging with semi-automatic weapons and mounds of ammunition.
In fairness, there are those who feel that one can never have enough firearms and ammo on hand when preparing for trouble. And one can certainly understand that folks would want some sort of firearm in a survivalist scenario. Not just for self-defence, but also as a hunting tool to be able to gather food.
This should be a firearm that can be neglected for months, while also being sturdy enough that it can handle being knocked around and still function dependably.
So what should you be packing in every sense of the word in terms of firearms as you prepare to bugout? Consider:
Strictly speaking, a true "bugout" is an event that lasts seventy-two hours or less. On the other hand, a true bugout isn't a relaxed weekend camping trip with the kids. You have no idea of conditions or circumstances that you'll be encountering, or how long that you'll have to live with them.
You need a reliable, low maintenance, versatile firearm as part of your bugout bag. You need an air rifle.
Admittedly, it has been a really long time since the air rifle has been considered a state-of-the-art super weapon.
But there are multiple reasons why air rifles have never been out of style since their debut, and it's not just because they're great for target shooting competitions. The features that make air rifles consistently good all-around firearms work well for survivalist purposes as well.
There was a time (about thirty years ago, to be specific) when it would have been difficult to make this statement. Many air rifle models from this era were notorious for leaking, which in turn led to the guns losing velocity.
But modern day air rifles have improved in design, and this is far less likely a problem. And while air rifles need cleaning and maintenance just as with any other firearm, because of how these guns fire, there isn't carbon build-up as a result, meaning a lot less time spent cleaning rifle barrels.
We wouldn't call them air rifles if they weren't pneumatically propelled. But aside from that common factor, the different types of this firearm mean more choices for users in terms of performance than similar types of related firearms.
That means that "buggers" contemplating bringing along an air rifle shouldn't assume that any old one will do. They should take the time to read up on the various air rifle types (and their different maintenance needs), which include:
Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP)
Okay, an air rifle may not be the best choice for holding off a swarm of hungry zombies, or other real-life nasties you may encounter! But again, you should have already made room in that bugout bag for other firearm types, and you'll find plenty of other uses for your air rifle on the road or trail.
Since you'll be unlikely to find an open/well-stocked grocery stores in the aftermath of disaster, an air rifle is an excellent choice for hunting. You will not be able to go deer hunting with it, but you can certainly hunt small game with it, such as birds, rabbits or squirrels.
It also works well to eliminate feral and nuisance animals that might be competing with you for food.
One of the reasons that this type of firearm is so popular in shooting sports competitions is that many of these guns are easily adjustable and can be used by a range of shooters. So for folks who are not very experienced in shooting guns, an air rifle is an easier (and probably safer) option to handle than a high calibre gun.
And finally, these guns are incredibly accurate. While it's unlikely that you'll have time to participate in real life target shoots, this capability means that it's very good at finding real life targets, a sometimes unfortunate necessity of packing up and bugging out.
Do you have an air rifle as part of your bugout bag? If so, do you plan to be able to use it as a defensive weapon or purely as a hunting tool? Also, what air rifle would you choose for your bugout bag and why?
If you have any more thoughts on this topic, please share them with us by commenting in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!
A common myth is that guns are just for hunting or self-defence. However since guns have been invented, shooting sports have been around to show off skills and even learn some new ones. Today there are many competitive shooting sports that you can get involved in. Some can even get you to the Olympics! Here is a list of the shooting events that are at the Olympics in case you are curious.
Besides providing you with enjoyment, competitive shooting has some benefits, which include:
All of this, and a chance to take part in a fun activity that doesn't involve hours in front of a computer screen! Competitive shooting is an activity that allows participants to improve general coordination in addition to firearm skills, make new friends, and have opportunities to travel as well.
But what exactly does competitive shooting entail in terms of necessary ability and equipment? And how much of a commitment in terms of time and money does it involve? Read on to learn more about a sport that's been around as long as firearms have, and what you'll need to take part in it yourself.
Competitive shooting sports have a very long and storied history. While the prizes may not be as exciting as they were in the earliest days (no more gold, sorry) today's competitive events are also much better organized, and safer.
Because of changes to events over the years, competitive shooting events are more inclusive, meaning that older, younger, and disabled firearm enthusiasts among others can take part in these events.
The practice and skill sets developed here can also allow participants to potentially achieve competitive shooting's ultimate prize; a place on the United States Olympic shooting team, which has brought home many medals over the years.
Competitive shooting is categorized by the type of gun being used, and then broken down into various events. Guns used at these events include:
You know those old "English country manor movies" where a character holding a firearm yells "Pull" and fires at targets thrown into the air? Then you've seen an example of competitive shotgun firing. Clay targets (simulating game birds) are always used, and types of this kind of competition include:
Skeet shooting - Targets are thrown into range from either side of the shooter.
Trap shooting - Targets are launched at different trajectories.
Sport shooting - Targets are launched from different angles and heights and at varying speeds.
Skills that can be shown off or acquired with competitive shotgun shooting include moving target and profile shooting.
This type of firearm competition can be further broken down into "cowboy shooting" (which involves using authentic 19th and early 20th century pieces), and contemporary shooting. Types of this kind of competition include:
Bullseye shooting (also known as conventional pistol shooting) - Involves firing at the traditional bullseye target.
Metallic silhouette shooting - A shooter fires on a target in the shape of a person or animal.
Metered shooting - Shooters aim for targets positioned at different distances.
Bowling pin - Shooters attempt to fire upon and knock down as many bowling pins as possible within a time limit.
And given the increased popularity of concealed carry, there are now various drawing competitions in which contestants attempt to draw and shoot from both concealed carry and open wear holsters.
The objectives with various types of pistol competition here are accuracy in fixed target hitting, and speed.
As with pistols, there are "cowboy shooting" events, and contemporary ones. Different competitive events here include:
Bench rest - Shooters crouch behind a bench, setting and aiming their rifles on top of it. The rifle is supported in front and behind to hold it as steady as possible. When given the "commence" signal, shooters begin firing rounds of ammunition in sustained bursts until told to stop. Shooters are attempting to hit a small target (hole) with as many clusters of ammunition as possible. Groupings of five or more bullets near the target generally produces a winner.
Silhouette shooting - Follows the same format as for pistols as shooters, are attempting to shoot metal man or animal targets.
Position shooting - Shooters change position at different times during the match, with time and ammunition amounts changing depending on the position. For example, a shooter firing from 600 yards would be given more time and have to strike the target with less ammunition, than one firing from 200 yards. Skill looked for here is the ability to fire accurately from a distance.
All shooting here must be done from a standing position, and distances can be no greater than 10 meters or 33 feet.
The most recent of the shooting sports, CAS originated in southern California in the 1980s, and is also known as western action shooting, single action shooting, or cowboy three-gun.
Participants must also dress in reproductions of period clothing, and use pistols and rifles that are either authentic, reproductions, or very similar to firearms used in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, such as various Winchester rifle models, or the famous Colt revolver. Contestants fire on targets, and skills measured include speed and accuracy.
Most competitive shooting matches are amateur affairs, and don't require any previous affiliation or training. Pre-registration may be required, and a small fee may be charged to cover expenses, pay for prizes, etc. But that doesn't mean that there aren't rules to follow for those who want to participate:
Even the Wild West CAS crowd adheres to strict safety standards. Don't expect to bring a loaded gun or one not securely in a holster or case, for example. Wait for clear instructions as to when you can load your piece, and where. Many competitions have strictly designated areas for this, known as "safety areas".
Again, you don't have to be Dead Eye Dick or Annie Oakley to participate in many of these events, but a working knowledge of how your piece operates is often an entry requirement.
You may be asked to demonstrate loading and unloading your gun, and quizzed on how to correct malfunctions. And asking "Safety catch? Where's that?" is sure to get you a place in the audience, but not in the competition itself.
Well, a piece and ammunition will be needed of course, or you won't be doing much shooting. Remember that the piece needs to be holstered or cased at all times until told otherwise. And you'll need to provide all cleaning and maintenance supplies.
Don't forget to bring safety glasses and ear protection with you as you won't be allowed to participate without it. A fair amount of leeway is permitted in regards to the type of hearing protection used, but remember that these events are noisy, so don't skimp.
And most of all, remember to bring patience, sportsmanship, and a sense of fun, three very useful items as you enter the wonderful world of competitive shooting.
If you are interested in competing at shooting sports, we hope you have found this article useful. Which shooting sport do you like best, and why? If you have some thoughts on shooting competitively, please share them with us in the comments section below, We would love to hear from you!
We came across this USMC training video that covers the basic of how to shoot a rifle. Needless to say a lot of folks will already know these basics, but if you are not very experienced yet, it might be beneficial to you to have a look at the video and familiarize yourself with what the Marines have to teach!
Sometimes your rifle starts shooting so bad that you want to start pulling your hair out! But then the problem becomes how to figure out what is causing it to misbehave the way it is. Below we look at a few easy (and reasonably logical) tips for diagnosing what is causing your rifle to shoot inaccurately.
Not all rifles are made equal when it comes to accuracy. So before anything else, make sure what your rifle is realistically cable of and what it is not capable of. The best way to do that, if you are not sure what your rifle is realistically capable of, is to ask around. Phone the manufacturer, ask around on gun forums or ask the pros at your local gunshop.
If you are using a scope, it might actually not be the rifle that is the problem, but rather the scope! Scopes can get damaged from excessive recoil or perhaps even from getting a hard knock somewhere. To check if your scope is working fine, you can try the “squaring the circle” technique. It works as folllows: fire a shot; then, aiming at the same point each time, move the reticle 12 clicks (3 inches) up; then 12 clicks right; then 12 down; then 12 left. You should end up with four shots forming a square. If it does not form a square, then it is likely that your scope is the problem!
This one seems pretty obvious, but yet we are sure this occurs more frequently than most folks would like to admit. Copper fouling can start to build up in the barrel, which can greatly affect the accuracy of your rifle. For a rifle to be accurate, the barrel must have absolutely uniform dimensions (to the ten-thousandth of an inch) for the length of the bore in order to be accurate.
Sometimes even just trying a different brand of ammo with perhaps a different weight will make a difference in the accuracy of a rifle. So experiment and see which ammo your rifle likes best.
If you tried everything you could, but the rifle still keeps shooting inaccurately, it is probably best to take it back to the manufacturer so they can check to see what could be wrong with it. If you do go that route, be sure to let them know everything you did to verify the problem yourself so they know that you are not just some quack wanting to complain about nothing.
We hope the few quick tips above helps you to avoid a lot of frustration and possible costs! An inaccurate rifle can be a real pain and perhaps even dangerous! So be sure to get to the root of the problem asap to get it fixed.
Most folks would not rebore a rifle themselves. It is much easier to send it off to a professional to do it for you, and you know it will probably get done without you messing up your own gun! However if you really want to know how to rebore a rifle barrel for a larger caliber, check out this video from Midway USA we came across. Hope you enjoy it!
Most shooters put far too much importance on their guns and rifle scopes and nowhere near enough emphasis on shooting. Aside from having an accurate, well-tuned rifle and the best rifle scope for your needs, you must practice, practice and practice some more. Unfortunately, most people just don’t have the time to get to the range frequently. But being short of time doesn’t mean you have to settle for being a mediocre shot. If you’re tired of missing your mark here are five surefire tips that will have you well on your way to improving your aim:
Most shooters are under the impression a trigger should be squeezed, but as the well-known and respected retired Outdoor Life Magazine Shooting Editor Jim Carmichael once pointed out, the trigger must be jerked, but in a very controlled manner. For anyone who has ever tried to shoot in any position without a solid rest knows the longer the gun is held on target the more it wavers. Carmichael wrote the trigger must be pulled at the precise moment when your brain tells you the sight picture is perfect, and trying to slowly squeeze the trigger just gives the gun time to wobble off target. If you think Jim’s advice is all wet, consider that this is the same man who set the new benchrest world record in 2013, a record that stood for 20 years, with a five-shot group measuring 0.009 inches, the thickness of five magazine pages!
Once mastered, the “controlled jerk” will improve your marksmanship beyond belief, even from an offhand position. For example, a great technique for offhand shooting is to swing the rifle in a figure-eight pattern, having the crosshairs intersect the target at the middle of the swing, and jerk the trigger at the precise instant when the crosshairs meet the mark.
Muscle memory is a synonym for motor learning, a form of procedural memory involving strengthening a specific motor movement through repetition. In English, that means the more you repeat a movement the stronger the connection between the muscles and your brain becomes. Walking is the ultimate example of muscle memory; you do it so much that the contention between your brain and the muscles is so developed you never even have to think about it. You can do the same with your shooting motion, without going broke buying ammo, through the magic of dry firing.
Place some targets or pictures of game animals on your walls and start practicing. The wonderful thing about building muscle memory for a task is you don’t have to do it all at once; just a few shots a few times a week will added up to you becoming a crack shot. Keep in mind, dry firing indoors is best suited to open sights and low-power rifle scopes. Also, to state the obvious, be sure your gun is unloaded before you start dry firing, and be sure to close the blinds so a neighbor doesn’t see you and call the police.
Going hand-in-hand with dry firing is the exercise of “calling your shot.” Simply stated, this is the practice of mentally asking yourself where the sights were at the exact moment you heard the “click” of the firing pin falling. If you answer yourself honestly you will quickly master the controlled jerk and immeasurably improve your marksmanship. Additionally, learning to call your shot consistently and accurately will tell your immediately at the shot if you hit your mark when in the field.
Finally, if you start to fatigue when shooting either live ammo or dry firing, know it’s time to quit! You won’t be accomplishing anything past that point, other than wasting ammo and aggravating yourself. There are also going to be those day when you aren’t at your best, or maybe you just don’t feel like shooting.
Jim Carmichael’s predecessor at Outdoor Life, the late great Jack O’Connor wrote that a bum shot with a magnum is still a bum shot; and far too many hunters place too much emphasis on power and not enough on marksmanship. The Billings Gazette once ran an article about a woman who lived just north of Yellowstone Park, who had killed an elk every season for twenty three years running. This was quite a feat, considering the hunter-success rate for elk in Montana hovers around 20 percent. When asked how she did it she simply stated “I never miss.” The kicker to the story was the huntress used what most would consider a too diminutive caliber for elk, the 6mm Remington. Of course, this made all the men in the magnum crowd howl, but the reality is if you have too much gun you are going to flinch. Be honest with yourself, and if you are even a little scared of your .300 magnum, trade it in for something with a little less kick.
Guest contributor bio:
Besides being an outdoor enthusiast, Andrew loves hanging out with his wife and seeing life through the eyes of his 4 year old daughter. His fresh take on life and learning new things, coupled with a love for writing, sets the tone in his pieces and lends itself very well to being a contributing writer for a number of outdoors/gun sites. He can also be found shooting a Canon camera.
Many people will, rightly so, wonder what exactly makes a pen “tactical”? With anything and everything being called tactical these days, it is easy to be suspicious and wonder if the pen is in fact mightier than the sword!
Tactical pens are pens that are made from sturdy materials (usually military grade materials such as Aircraft Aluminum) that make them much harder than your typical pen. Tactical pens are also designed with features such as sharpened edges, which turns them from mere writing utensils into effective self-defense weapons. Some tactical pens also have other additional features, such as fire-straters and DNA catchers. A lot of folks like carrying tactical pens as self-defense weapons because they are “hide in plain sight” type of weapons. While guns and knives are obvious weapons and cannot be taken into a lot of areas, people will most likely not even notice that pen that you are carrying in your pocket.
However, a self-defense weapon is only effective if you know how to use it! This is especially true for tactical pens, as you will need to be in close proximity to your attacker to be able to use the pen. So if you ever have to use your tactical pen to defend yourself, you better be sure you know what to do with it!
Rather than finding yourself in a dangerous situation where you need to physically protect yourself, you should keep in mind a few key take-aways to try and avoid being attacked:
You can read more about avoidance, awareness and prevention for self-defense here.
The graphic above gives us a good indication of some of the basic areas of a body where an attacker could be vulnerable. There are other areas that are also considered very vulnerable (such as the temples and kidneys, but if you are untrained in self-defense, these basic areas are what you should focus on for now. Trying to attack other areas without sufficient training in how to do so, could result in you not being able to effectively protect yourself against your attacker.
The videos below illustrate how to effectively use a tactical pen to defend yourself.
We are increasingly faced with dangerous situations where we need to be able to protect ourselves against possible attackers. With gun and knife laws being very strict in a lot of areas, alternative self-defense weapons are a necessity. Especially self-defense weapons that you can keep with you most of the time and that is not an obvious weapon. Tactical pens satisfies those requirements, and for that reason a lot of folks like to carry tactical pens with them. For the tactical pen to be an effective weapon, you need to know how to use it though. So we hope the above information helps you to be able to protect yourself when needed.
If you are serious about self protection, we highly recommend you obtain formal training from a qualified instructor so that you can be confident in your capabilities. And always remember, stay safe!!
We here at The Smoking Barrel USA love leather holsters. Besides the fact that a well made holster will last you a long time and also looks really good, there is just something about the smell of a brand new leather holster! The problem that many folks encounter when they buy a new holster is that it tends to be a little stiff, making holstering your weapon a bit of a pain.
When you do buy yourself that nice new leather holster, you are going to need to break it in so that your weapon can fit perfectly and you can holster your weapon easier.
Before we dive into how to break in a new leather holster, we want to take the opportunity to look at what you need to consider and what you may need during the project.
To break in your holster, you are going to be using your weapon that you will be holstering in the specific holster. So before you start, make sure the weapon is completely safe by checking that it is not loaded (remember to check that there isn’t a bullet still in the chamber!) and that the safety is on (you can never be too careful with a gun).
As we mentioned, you will be using your gun during the project. Besides checking that it is safe, make sure that it is clean too. You do not want gun oils staining your brand new leather holster!
I do not know about you, but I like keeping my weapon in good condition. As far as I can, I try to prevent scratches and unwanted marks on my gun. When you have your new holster, check the inside of the holster for anything that might scratch your gun. Often holsters might have little screws or pieces or metal on the inside that you cannot see, but that will scratch the metal of your gun.
If there are any metal pieces or screws inside the holster, you can place some tape over it to protect the surface of your gun.
The guys over at OpticsPlanet.com gives a really in depth video tutorial on how to break in your holster through consistent stretching and manipulation:
Some key take-aways from this article that we like:
The plastic bag technique
Besides the straight forward stretching technique shown above, there is also the plastic bag technique as illustrated by the video from Galco Gunleather below:
We hope you found this piece useful. A leather holster is a good investment to make, however it does require more attention and effort than a Nylon or Kydex holster. We do believe good things are worth putting in the effort for though!
We know there are different methods for breaking in a leather holster, so if you have some tips and advice please share it in the comments section below!
Going to the gun range is not only a good way to keep your shooting skills sharp, but it is also where some people go to get away and let off some steam. When you go to the gun range you need to keep in mind that you are there with other people, and so need to keep some basic gun range etiquette in mind to ensure not only that everyone stays safe, but also that everyone can enjoy there session at the gun range.
When you are in a venue filled with people firing weapons, safety is something that can never be skipped. If you are a beginner/new gun owner, we recommend you learn the 4 basic rules of gun safety. If you follow these basic rules, you should be ok. There are no short cuts when it comes to handling a weapon securely and responsibly.
When you are at the gun range, you should know how to use your weapon appropriately. This includes how to reload your weapon safely and how to handle a malfunction. If you are new to shooting and want to go to the gun range, make sure you have someone with you that are experienced and can educate you in proper weapon handling. We also recommend getting proper training from a professional if you are new to shooting.
If you go to a gun range, chances are there will be a range safety officer at the range. Much like a life guard at a swimming pool, the range safety officer, or RSO for short, is there to make sure everyone stays safe. Typically the RSO will tell you when it is safe to fire and when not. When you are at the range, make sure you pay attention to the RSO and follow their instructions.
Besides making sure everyone stays safe, the RSO is there to help. If you have questions, do not be afraid to ask. Unanswered questions can compromise safety and enjoyment and the RSO wants to answer your questions; that’s one of the main reasons he or she is there.
A gun range is not a social club. People who go there are there to shoot their weapon, so let them do it in peace. If someone has their safety earmuffs and glasses on, and they are in their shooting bay lane, take it as a sign that they do not want to be disturbed. When shooters are in this mode, consider it personal space that should not be violated. Do not take this to mean that gun ranges are unfriendly places where you should never talk to any one. Quite the opposite. When folks are just standing around in the bay, conversations among strangers are commonplace. It just means that when someone is in a lane shooting, interruptions are not so welcome as they might otherwise be.
Each gun range is likely to have their own specific set of rules. These rules can range from what type of weapons are permitted to whether you should leave your spent cartridges behind. The rules are there for a reason, so respect the rules and follow them. Remember, if you are not sure about a rule ask the RSO!
Once you have finished, make sure your shooting bay lane is clean and neat. Leave it as you would want to find it. As mentioned, some gun ranges have their own specific rules about what you should do with your spent cartridges and used targets. If you are not sure…ask.
Above are some basic gun range etiquette tips that we think people should keep in mind when going to the gun range to ensure everyone stays safe and have a good time while at the range. If you have any other gun range etiquette tips that you think are good to know, please share them with us in the comments section below.
Shooting guns can be fun! There are few things as relaxing for me as going to the range and firing off some rounds to forget about the outside world for just a little bit.
Gun safety should not just be a set of rules posted on the wall of the gun range that you are at, but a mindset that you need to maintain whenever you are handling a gun or even near one.
There are a lot of different rules out there in terms of maintaining gun safety. For example if you are at a gun range, one of the main rules is to always adhere to the instructions given by a Range Safety Officer (RSO), who is responsible for the safety of everyone at the range. If an RSO tells you to stop shooting, you do it immediately without hesitation. I know firing off that last round in the chamber is tempting…but when the RSO speaks, you listen.
But to avoid getting too confused with various rules etc, the easiest way to build and maintain a gun safety mindset is to remember the 4 rules of gun safety, namely “4 Gun Safety ACTS”.
There are a few variations out there on these 4 rules of gun safety, but originally it was formalized and made popular by Jeff Cooper. Jeff Cooper is a bit of a legend, having served in the US Marine Corp and is known as the father of the modern technique for handgun shooting. Jeff is also an expert on the history of small arms and its use.
Right, so now that we know some of the history behind the 4 rules of gun safety, we can get into what they actually are!
First rule of ACTS – always assume that every firearm is loaded. Even if you are 99.5% certain it is unloaded, you should still handle it as a loaded gun. This is a mindset that should be drilled into every person who handles or is near any firearms.
If you are at the range and your buddy hands you his shiny new Walther PPQ to check out, assume it is loaded and give it the necessary respect that a loaded weapon demands. Even if your buddy tells you it is unloaded, you need to handle it as a loaded weapon and make sure it is safe. You never know, he might have forgotten about that last round that is still in the chamber. To be sure there are no unfortunate accidents, you must trust, but verify!
If a weapon has ever has out of your sight or you handle a weapon for the first time, go through the process of ensuring the weapon is safe.
This seems to be the rule that a lot of newbies forget. They have a gun in their hands for the first time and then proceeds to use it as a pointer!
If you have made sure the weapon is safe to handle, you should still handle and respect it as by not pointing the muzzle in a dangerous direction. Only point your gun at something that you are prepared to shoot at. It seems so obvious, but I am sure there are plenty of us that has seen someone at someone point a gun at something or someone without thinking. That is how accidents happen. This rule is specifically meant to reduce the risk and impact of a round going off unintentionally.
When you are not firing at a target, the best is point the muzzle in a “safe” direction. This can be pointing the muzzle up (toward the sky) or muzzle down (toward the ground).
Each have their pros and cons of course. If you point your muzzle to the ground and a round accidentally goes off, the round can ricochet or fragment, ending up hitting someone or something in your close vicinity.
If you point your muzzle upwards and it goes off accidentally, the round can still hit someone or something when it comes back down (what goes up, must come down!).
If you are not in the process of actually firing your gun, keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
If you are suddenly startled or even trip over something and fall to the ground, you certainly do not want a gun in your hands that can go off!
If your finger is not on the trigger, there is a lot less chance that your gun will go off accidentally. The common practise is to keep your finger above the trigger guard when you are not firing, so that there is less chance of your finger slipping onto the trigger.
Before you fire at a target, make sure it is 100% safe to shoot. This is where listening to the RSO is important. If there are gun range staff that need to move around the target area, the RSO will order all shooters to cease shooting and make their weapons safe.
The areas that you need to always make sure is safe before shooting includes the area in front of the target, below the target and the sides of the target. An area that some folks forget to also keep in mind is the area behind the target. A round can move through and beyond the target, ending up hitting someone or something behind the target. So I always make sure I know what is behind a target area.
Firing a gun can be a fun experience, but we need to always maintain our mindset of gun safety by adhering to the 4 rules of gun safety.
If you are teaching someone how to use a weapon, the first lesson should be about gun safety. That will help to ensure they, and people around them, stay safe.
What do you think about the 4 rules of gun safety? If you had to add one or two more rules, what would you add and why? Please share your thoughts with us by commenting in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!