Shotgun in Leaves

Welcome Hunters and Shooters!

Thanks for stopping by Hunters and Shooters. Here we will discuss items of interest to the shooting community, everything from sporting clays and shotguns to the best defensive caliber in a home protection handgun. We’ll also have some good deals on equipment from scopes to holsters and all the little odds and ends that improve your success while hunting, and accuracy while shooting. First a bit about me. I began shooting with my father when I was eight years old. He had an old Ruger .22 target pistol. We spent many pleasant hours destroying cans, bottles and the occasional paper target. I had no idea at the time, but he was teaching me the important shooting fundamentals for safety, as well as accuracy. Years later I learned the firearm safety rules from the NRA, and what do you know, they were just like Dad taught me.

NRA Firearm Safety Rules

These rules are courtesy of the National Rifle Association, and every hunter and shooter should be a member. You can see their original post at here

Shooting isn't just for men.
  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. When I was in the military, we had a clearing barrel. Every time we turned a weapon back into the armory, you cleared the weapon (safety on, dropped the magazine, rack the slide to eject the round from the chamber, visually check the chamber, drop the slide), all while the weapon was pointed into an angled 55 gallon drum filled with sand. Why did we do this? I used to think it was unnecessary until we had a lieutenant “kill the barrel”. While it was funny and we gave him no end of grief, it could have been much worse without that barrel. Ever since then I’ve taken this rule to heart – if you aren't willing to add a hole to it, don't point the weapon at it. This applies to loading, unloading, and even when you're on the range.

  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. You see this rule violated all the time in the movies and on television. Accidental discharges due to mechanical failure are possible- but extremely rare. The vast majority of accident discharges involved an unintended trigger press. Sometimes it’s a warn holster sliding into the trigger guard. Sometimes it’s an excited hunting dog. Sometimes it’s just a careless moment, but regardless of the source, guns are designed to fire when the trigger is depressed. Keep that finger on the trigger guard until you're ready to fire.

  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. Every time you handle a gun, assume it’s loaded. This means you put it on safe, drop the mag, rack the side back and check the chamber (or pop open the revolver’s cylinder, or the rifle’s bolt). Just get in the habit of doing that every time. Don't trust anyone who says it’s unloaded- check it yourself!

We've also got a more comprehensive list of firearm safety rules. Dad had some good teachers too. My grandfather was an avid duck hunter, and took my father on many hunts. Dad has also been a coach in the rifle range, preparing marines for battle in World War II. So hunting and shooting has been part of my life for as long as I can remember- and that's a good thing. Guns have kept me and family safe. They have put food on the table- and a smile on my face. I'm happy to share my hobby and passion for hunting and shooting with you.