To help ensure safe practices at home and on the range, make these gun handling principles your own, and they will become natural habits whenever you handle a firearm.
1. Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
Even if you’re absolutely certain a gun is unloaded, still follow these rules for safe gun handling. You want these rules to be natural habits; holding yourself to them each and every time helps make them so.
2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Accept the mindset to always keep your gun pointed in a direction that would safely stop the bullet should it discharge. If you will be cleaning or handling your unloaded gun at home, find a safe direction ahead of time — bullets penetrate floors, ceiling, windows, and walls. Masonry, a full bookcase, a full freezer, downward (if you’re on the ground floor), or even a five gallon bucket of sand may be good options.
3. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
You are responsible for the entire path of every bullet you fire from your gun. If you hit your intended target, the bullet may still continue through. You are responsible for only aiming in directions where you can be assured the bullet will be safely stopped.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.
Keep your trigger finger straight, and to raise it up to rest flat alongside the body of your gun. Whenever you are not on target and ready to fire, your trigger finger should always be outside the trigger guard and resting straight and flat alongside the body of your gun.
For all you Glock and Springfield Armory owners out there check this out.
Always visually verify the chamber is unloaded…do not rely on the extractor!
Lets all learn from this persons mistake and not make the same ourselves.
At the link below you can watch as a robber forces a woman in Arlington at an ATM into the trunk of her car at gunpoint.
A few things we would like to point out:
1. We are not sure of the location of the robber prior to the carjacking so we cannot say for sure that her awareness was down and she should have seen the guy and never stopped….
2. He surprised her and got the drop on her. It is easy to use hindsight and say she shoulda done this or she shoulda done that, but the reality is that once he had the drop on her, she was behind the curve and reacting to his actions. In other words, he was in control. That is a bad place to be.
We would like to point out that when he was sandwiched between the car and the ATM, she could have hit the accelerator….this would have ended bad for him but would he have fired and shot her…? Who knows. What we can say for sure is that once that car trunk was shut, she was in a Really bad place. Using your vehicle as a defensive tool was the subject of Nagel’s previous PSA, number IV. It is easy to forget the power you have with your car especially when you are surprised and in fear, so use this as a friendly reminder.
Bottom line here is that if you are reacting to someone else’s commands, they are in control….The idea is to never let yourself get in that position. Again, the idea of awareness is to not let yourself get into that position. ATM’s are notorious places for bad things to happen so be extra aware and cautious when you use one.
And remember to use your car as a defensive tool where applicable.
This has been Nagel’s V PSA.
This is a tragedy of the highest magnitude…We at Nagel’s offer our condolences to all involved. This is one of the saddest things I have ever seen….
We at Nagel’s do not want to dissuade you form carrying your weapon of choice in your purse, but we do want to caution you to do so using a holster of some sort.
Many Ladies carry their pistols/ revolvers in their purse…great…just make sure you surround it with a holster or covering garment. Nagel’s also has concealed carry purses available that have a specific compartment for your weapon.
It is important that we learn from our mistakes so as to prevent this type of Tragedy from ever happening again.
Nagel’s PSA IV – Always use a Holster when you are carrying your sidearm, never let it just flop around unprotected.
“2 year old fatally shoots mom in Idaho Wal-Mart” Read the story here –>http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/2-year-old-fatally-shoots-mom-in-idaho-wal-mart/ar-BBhmnXx