Handgun Safety 101: How To Operate a Handgun

April 19, 2022

Treat all guns as if they are loaded

Handgun safety is something that every gun owner should take seriously. Treating all guns as if they are loaded is one of the most important rules of gun safety. This rule applies to both revolvers and pistols. It is important to always assume that a gun is loaded, even if you know for sure that it is not.

If you are not sure whether or not a gun is loaded, always check the chamber and magazine. If there is any doubt, do not handle the gun. Only handle a gun if you are certain that it is unloaded. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution.

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

One of the most important is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This means that the gun should never be pointing at anything you don’t intend to shoot. A gun that is not pointed in a safe direction can easily be knocked over or bumped, causing it to discharge and injure someone. Never point a gun at someone, including yourself, unless you intend to shoot. Finally, never pull the trigger unless your sights are on a target.

Keep fingers off the trigger until you are ready to fire

One of the most important handgun safety rules is to keep your finger off the trigger until you are aiming at a target and ready to fire. When your finger is on the trigger, there is a significant risk that you could accidentally discharge the weapon, which could lead to serious injury or even death.

By keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, you can help to prevent an accidental discharge. Additionally, it is important to make sure that your handgun is properly holstered when not in use. If your handgun is not properly secured, there is a risk that it could be discharged unintentionally. By following these simple safety rules, you can help to prevent accidents and keep yourself and others safe.

Be sure of your target and anything beyond it

When handling a handgun, always be sure of your target and anything beyond it. This means being aware of your surroundings and knowing what is behind your target. A bullet can travel through or ricochet off surfaces, so it is important to consider what might be behind your target before taking a shot.

Be sure to always keep the safety on until you are ready to fire. Treat every gun as if it is loaded, even if you know it isn’t. Never point the gun at anything you aren’t willing to shoot. These are just a few basic handgun safety rules that should always be followed.

Know how to properly load and unload the gun

Being confident in knowing how to load and unload your gun is crucial to your safety and those around you.

First, make sure your gun is NOT loaded before loading a new magazine. Check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no rounds present. Next, load the gun slowly and carefully, making sure to insert each round into the chamber correctly. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

There are couple ways to unload depending on your handgun. Most commonly, your handgun will have a magazine button that you will push to release the magazine. Push this button slowly, making sure your gun is still pointed down and away from you or others. Once the magazine is released, check the chamber to ensure there is not a round loaded!

Are you ready to be a handgun expert?

Here at Buck & Does, we know the importance of gun safety. We offer private lessons and handgun classes that aim to make you comfortable behind a gun of any sort. Book a lesson here!


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