DO YOU KEEP A HANDGUN IN THE HOUSE
How to Prevent Disaster if you are keeping handguns
Handguns at home are a recipe for disaster if proper care is not given to safekeeping and maintenance of your handgun. Especially the households with underage kids and children around must be extra careful in placing a handgun at home. This protection tool can easily become a hazard if carelessness is shown in its handling. So here are some of the tips to follow to avert the disaster at home while keeping your favorite handgun beside you.
Accept Full Responsibility
Handguns are designed to take life. Keeping this fact in mind while buying your handguns that the primary purpose of this tool is to use it on another person when the need arises brings the factor of responsibility with it. That’s the first step in avoiding hazards as well. To accept the responsibility and understand the purpose you have purchased the handgun for and licensed it to your name.
Know How to Use Your Handgun!
Buying a handgun is easy but knowing how to properly use it is more of a skill than knowledge. The handgun is not to be bought to be put in a drawer or safe loaded without ever using it. Because if that’s what you are thinking of doing then it may not prove to be of much use the day you actually need it. Training professionally is of utmost importance in knowing how to use your sidearm. Take your gun to the range and learn how it works. Keep your knowledge refreshed by frequently doing that. Learn about the safety features and trigger of your gun. Go to the range frequently so that you can get to know your gun better. Some guns have features like a dry-fire prevention that stops you from pulling the trigger without the weapon being loaded. You need to know how your gun works and test these things and practice at the range, in real-world conditions. Practice shooting (A lot) is obvious advice all gun experts would give you. You need to know how your weapon shoots. It may shoot high, low, left, or right. Even in close quarters, knowing your handgun is on-target will make a difference. It takes a lot of shooting to know your weapon and be prepared to actually use it at home when needed. So tighten your belt and make a habit of firing with your weapon routinely.
Know the Four Fundamentals of Marksmanship
A good marksman shoots confidently and accurately. But to become one you have to learn some skills and follow some fundamentals. These four basic fundamentals are common in all marksmen.
1. Steady position. Assuming a comfortable position, a firm stance with your body squared up, and ready to accept firing and recoil is the key to good aim. In a home-defense situation, one has to move quickly and uncertainly steadiness in such a situation can only come with training.
2. Aiming. Aiming is a universally understandable fact for shooting. Knowing how to aim properly is key to self-defense. A bad aim can result in a stray bullet and a stray bullet is no one’s friend no matter who’s a weapon it has come out of. Always draw both the front and rear sights on the target, so they light up with each other vertically and horizontally. Keep your focus on the front sight, with the target ahead and the rear sight slightly blurred. Always aim for the center mass of the target.
3. Breath control. A novice may not know it but breath control is a key fundamental characteristic of a good marksman. This may not seem possible for tense situations when you are aiming to save your life but training and training hard can bring the necessary control to you. When you train to shoot with proper breath control it will become an inherent characteristic of your shooting. Pulling the trigger as you finish exhaling and shooting consistently at the apex of your breath is what breath control means. The natural, momentary pause between exhaling and inhaling is the moment when your body movement ceases. It is that moment when your aim will be the same as your target. To train proper breath control, exaggerate your breathing, and take your shots consistently at this moment of exhaling. Train your body for this and you will be ready for it when needed.
4. Trigger squeeze. Trigger squeeze is also an important factor to ensure your aim lands at your aim. A poor squeeze can make you miss your aim. A good trigger squeeze should move the trigger straight back toward your palm. Always use the middle of the tip of your fingers for trigger squeeze to keep it straight.
Lock it Up
Take no chances for human nature is filled with intrigue. Even if you tell your kid not to go near your handgun it won’t stop the intrigue inside them. The best and only safety measure is to lock your handgun up. Secure your gun in a safe. There are advanced biometric safes that add another level of security. Combination lockboxes are also a good option for keeping your weapon safely put beside you.
Keep Your Handgun Easily Accessible
Locking up your handgun is necessary to keep it away from intriguing children and unwanted person but at the same time, it is also necessary to keep your handgun easily accessible so that you can fetch it as soon as possible when the situation arises. Keeping a biometric or combination lock storage for your gun is preferred because you don’t have to worry about the keys at the key moment.
Ensure Your Family Knows What to Do
When you have a gun in your home and you intend to use it then you should train your household on how to react when the situation arises. Collateral damage is the unintended injury or death of a loved one. Your family should know the safe spots at home. Your whole family should understand the purpose of a firearm at home. It’s very important that the whole family understands firearms and also the dangers associated with them. They should know how to seek shelter and get low to the ground during a shootout. It is advisable that you carry out safety drills at home with your partner and children so that they know how to reduce physical silhouette as much as possible.
Invite Everyone to Shoot with You
You may own a weapon and are solely responsible for its safekeeping and use but that doesn’t mean that you will be only one required to use it. You should make your family aware of the dangers and safety requirements of owning a handgun. This doesn’t mean that you should put your firearm in a child’s hands. Rather be a judge and decide when your kid is old enough to understand the mechanism and inherent risks associated with a handgun. Train all adults to use the weapon if the situation calls for it. Knowledge and responsible training is the greatest method of preventing a child from unsafely handling a handgun and causing an unintended tragedy. Do not be afraid to include them in training, responsibly.
Know the Four Rules of Gun Safety
All this practice and safety measures culminate in practicing and abiding by safety rules which will keep you safe. Remember these four rules of gun safety, just in case:
1. Your gun is always loaded. Accept this as a universal fact. Always consider your gun to be loaded and treat it as such. Check it not twice but thrice. Empty chamber even if someone handed it over to you says it is empty. Treat it as if it’s loaded. You have every reason to, and you have no reason not to.
2. Never point at something you don’t wish to kill. Pretty self-explanatory, but important to be mentioned again and again. Hundreds of people die every year from the collateral fire because of a violation of this rule. Don’t ever point your handgun at anything you don’t intend to kill.
3. Know your target and what’s behind your target. Do not repeat do not take the shot if you are not 100% certain that your target is your enemy. A lot of people, unfortunately, die every year because they are mistaken as targets. Also knowing what’s behind your target is equally important. You must be certain of this before shooting that it’s not your beloved ones behind the target because there is always a chance of shooting and missing the target.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Remember your handgun is not a toy. Never place your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Accidental discharges are common enough that they have their own buzz phrase: “Negligent discharges”. Don’t be one of those news headlines.
A quick recap for all the information overload that we just covered. Let’s recap:
• Train yourself with your own weapon
• Get knowledge of all the handguns functions at the range and test them
• Learn and practice a lot of shooting
• Remember the four fundamentals of marksmanship
• Your handgun must be locked and accessible at the same time
• Inform your family and train them how to react to a threat
• Train your family even children if you think it fit on how to use the weapon.
• Know the four safety rules and teach them to all the family members who are allowed to handle the weapon.