I am a NY State hunter safety instructor for almost 20 years.
Your advice is right on target.
However I would like to add to your "crossing a fence part" -
As you stated unload your firearm, lay the firearm down - AND - place your hat or glove, something under the muzzle of the firearm to prevent any foreign matter from getting in your barrel.
When I hunt I always put a small piece of scotch tape over the muzzle. It does not effect the bullet in any way as far as I could tell. I have experimented this on my bench with shot gun slugs, and at least 20 different rifle calibers and could not see any change in my groups.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO CHIME IN WITH ONE MORE PIECE OF ADVICE TO ALL NEW GUN OWNERS AND ANYONE WHO OWNS A FIREARM, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HUNT, TAKE THE HUNTERS SAFETY CLASS YOUR STATE OFFERS. THE WORST THING THAT WILL HAPPEN IS THAT YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING.
As I stated I have been teaching the hunters safety course for almost 20 years, when I get students under 16, I have them accompanied with a parent or adult over 21. I ask them to also take the course, they are there an so why not.
Almost every time at least one of them tell me that they learned something, and often I also learn something from the other experienced hunters that take the course.
Good job Alan, You may have saved a life with your advice.
12-28-2013, 03:44 PM
There is no such thing as an unloaded gun. They are the guns that accidently go off and kill people every year. Treat them like they are loaded even if the bolt is on the table. Seem like overkill... no such thing in gun safety....... thanks for all on logical intelligent thoughts on this subject. I would hunt with you guys anytime.
12-28-2013, 04:57 PM
I know of a Guy, older guy at the time back in the late 90's that had been around firearms his whole life. this guy wasn't stupid either, he was out deer hunting with his buddies and as everybody returned to the truck for a break he put his rifle inside the bed of the truck leaned up against the side with his muzzle pointed straight up in the air, when he grabbed the tailgate to hoist himself up to sit on the tailgate the truck moved up and down an the gun fell forward and discharge hitting a main artery in his leg, he died in back of the pick-up. it was a sad day and goes to show what can happen. don't recall what kind of rife it was.
01-07-2014, 11:51 PM
I have little news from SA that has relevance to this topic, as firearm safe should count for air guns as well.
This Christmas past a father got his son an air rifle as a Christmas gift. They shot a few rounds with it and removed the magazine, but never checked the chamber.
The younger sister (10 years old) later picked up the air rifle and pressed the trigger, the round entered her mothers chest and hit the main artery of the heart. The mother died on her way to hospital.
This has shocked me as I realized how easily an accident can happen and that all the rules at shooting competitions and ranges are there for a reason and not just to make your life difficult.
Hope you guy the best for 2014 and stay safe.
01-08-2014, 12:32 AM
Is there any documentation regarding this incident? I will share this if it can be confirmed.
The more in depth detail I gave came from direct family members that is on another forum I belong to, but that is in Afrikaans and would be a bit difficult to understand... unless you know some dutch :)
* In crowded areas, like gun shows, there is absolutely no reason what so ever to aim a firearm at anything other than the floor. If you do, you will at some point cause or allow the muzzle to cover something that doesn't need to have a hole in it. Obviously fit and feel are important. A gun show is not the place to figure this out.
The only thing I don't do is this. In crowded areas, like gun shows or LGS, I aim at or near the ceiling. For two reasons ..... First, I'm 6'3" so if I aim at the floor and it's crowded I could accidentally sweep someone's lower leg area, especially if they step into the line of fire. Second, most gun shows or LGS have concrete floors, if everything else fails and a round is discharged into the floor, it will most likely ricochet back up and injure or kill a bystander.
Thanks to Alan for posting this. Safety can never be over emphasized. [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click Here To Register...]
06-23-2014, 03:34 AM
Great tips. There is an enough emphasis on gun safety in our culture.
06-23-2014, 02:02 PM
Great post...I had a ruger 44 mag carbine that I really liked. I got rid of it because it was hard to tell if there were any bullets in the tube. I knew it was unloaded but.....