Jumping Targets features the top gun safety rules when shooting targets.
- Safe Direction – Always keep guns pointed in a safe direction. If there is any kind of accident, it will not cause damage or an accidental injury. This means never pointing a gun – whether loaded or unloaded – at a person.
- Trigger – Always keep fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot, even if the trigger guard is on.
- Unload – Always keep guns loaded until ready to shoot the weapon at gun targets. Confirm that the chamber is clear of all ammunition and the gun is safe to handle and use.
- Storing – When storing guns, there are several rules that the National Rifle Association recommends, which are highlighted below.
- Target – Know where the paper or metal targets are located and what is beyond the targets. Pay attention to any areas past the target. Never fire in areas around people, which means thinking first and always shooting second.
- Safety – Always handle guns with safety and respect. Constantly check the safety and action, removing any ammunition from the magazine or gun. A gun’s mechanical safety device is not foolproof, which is why all gun owners should make it a habit to regularly check guns by hand.
- Operation – Guns require regular maintenance or they can become inoperable and unsafe to shoot.
- Ammunition – Guns have specific ammunition. For example, pellets, BBs, shells and cartridges are designed for specific weapons. The ammunition type is stamped on the barrel of each gun. Ammunition is identified by information stamped on the cartridge or the box. Never shoot a gun unless the proper ammunition is used.
- Protection – Always wear ear and eye protection when practicing shooting guns. There are some exceptions, such as when hunting, when sight and hearing are vital for helping hone hunting skills.
- Substances – Do not use over-the-counter, alcohol, prescription or other drugs before, during or while shooting. This is the same for handling weapons, as this is unsafe and is the cause of accidental deaths and injuries.
- Storing Guns – Always store guns in areas that cannot be accessed by unauthorized people. There are many storage devices on today’s market, including locking devices that attach to guns, mechanical devices, mechanical safeties that are built into guns and much more.
- Cleaning – Regular cleaning is required to ensure that guns operate and perform properly. Guns require cleaning every time they are used to help prevent build up. For guns that are stored long-term, it is important to check for accumulated moisture, dirt, oil, grease or other build up that can affect guns operational qualities.