Many kids are raised with guns in the home, particularly if hunting is a part of family recreation. If you keep a gun in the home, it’s important to teach your kids to act in a safe and responsible way around it.
To ensure the safest environment for your family:
- Take the ammunition out of the gun.
- Lock the gun and keep it out of reach of kids. Hiding the gun is not enough.
- Lock the ammunition and store it apart from the gun.
- Store the keys for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys. Keep the keys out of reach of children.
- Lock up gun-cleaning supplies, which are often poisonous.
- When handling or cleaning a gun, adults should never leave the gun unattended.
If you own a gun or have found one in your home and want to dispose of it, call your local police station. Do not dial 911 or an emergency line. Laws differ between states, but generally, the firearm will be checked to ensure it was not part of a criminal investigation and then it will be destroyed.
Community “buy-back” or “amnesty” days are another disposal option. These programs allow people to bring unwanted guns to a designated place where they will be made unusable. To find out if your community hosts these programs, contact your local police department — but don’t wait until such a program becomes available to dispose of an unwanted firearm.
Everyone has different behaviors, styles of dress, and body compositions. There is no one position over another. It comes down to what is comfortable to you, where you feel confident, and where it is easy to get to quickly.
Create a lasting habit this winter by carrying in the same place every time. Make sure you find the right place for you during cold weather.
The most common factor for people having issues with carrying is that they usually do not have a good belt. The belt is the most central and vital to any carry array. I’m surprised by the lack of information and discussion about this central piece. There is a very distinct type of belt for carrying.
Look for belts that have durable material and are thick and wide. Avoid belts that feel flimsy or can be bent across their width. Problems with printing, holster ride, and chaffing (to name a few) stem from an improper belt that cannot support the weight of a firearm.
Position The Gun In Your Hand So You Can Reach The Trigger
The angle the gun sits in relation to your arm is not that important. Being able to place your finger properly on the trigger is.
Don’t try to align the barrel of the pistol with your arm.
Practice Holding On Tight
Gripping properly will not just happen. Most think it will just come with practice, but it doesn’t unless you think about it. One area that dry fire can really help is maintaining a tight grip while pulling the trigger.
It’s easy to pick up bad habits from dry firing with no live fire to support the techniques being learned. If you never have to deal with effects of the gun firing, muzzle flip and recoil, you will never learn how to control them.
Learn the hand positions and make yourself do them correctly. Remember, you will do whatever you teach yourself to do. Once you memorize a technique, good or bad, that is what is likely to occur when you shoot under pressure.
- Make sure you pick up the weapon with your firing hand and lock the slide back with your non dominate hand.
- Make sure the rounds are seated properly with the finger of your non firing hand.
- Seat the magazine firmly.
- Make sure weapon is on safe if it has a safety.
- Release magazine, make sure your non firing hand has the magazine under control.
- Pull and lock the slide to the rear, don’t get fancy and try to catch the round.
- Inspect the chamber and put the gun down.