Common sense.... isn't common. Unfortunately, some of those people with no common sense own guns and go to the same range as you. I'm just some guy on the internet... Heck, I could be one of those people completely lacking common sense! If you and I are going to share a gun range, for your own safety as well as my own, wouldn't you like me to be the most educated kind of idiot I can be?DarkAxel wrote:Armor76 wrote:I saw this article on FB and it got me thinking. I think I handle firearms responsibly but I need to pay attention and see if I do some of these things.
https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/tune-u ... -handling/
Thought you folks might appreciate the read.Agreed, though not every semi-auto has a hold-open feature like that.The Gut Racker
This error most commonly occurs when the shooter rotates the pistol in their hand to be able to more easily lock the slide back. One solution to this problem is to insert an empty magazine and pull the slide back to engage the slide lock, instead of putting the gun in this clearly unsafe position.
As a general rule, you shouldn't have your guns loaded and cased if you are headed to the range. They make chamber inserts that will not only keep the weapon out of battery, but also have handy-dandy flags on them to indicate they are safe. EDIT: Raptor beat me to it.The Spinner
This error typically occurs when the gun is carried in a rectangular case that gives no indication as to which direction the gun is pointed inside the case. The simple fix for this is to mark one end of the case as the muzzle end, and be consistent about always placing the gun in the case facing that direction.
I can agree with the first part of this, but the second part is just ridiculous. During a draw, the only time that pistol is pointed at something you want to shoot is when you bring it up on target. 99% of the time a gun is going to be pointed at something you don't want to shoot. That's why we are taught to keep our guns pointed in a safe direction.The Cowboy
This practice is unsafe at all ranges except those which are fully baffled to block extremely high shots, and even in that situation, it’s clearly a case of pointing a gun in a direction that is not the intended target.
This is also known as the “my gun is heavy” position and occurs when the person holding the gun gets mentally or physically fatigued, and simply lets the gun drop. Would you be willing to fire a loaded gun from that position? If not, then it’s unsafe. How to avoid this? Holster the gun or set it down on a downrange table or bench.
How to avoid this? How about NOT CARRYING A LOADED, OFF-SAFE RIFLE AROUND IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!!!!!! I do agree that you should do something to cover that trigger, though. If you don't have a case, just use the trigger lock that should have came with your weapon.The Cheapskate
Last year, a shooter in Houston was shot in the leg and suffered serious injury when a range customer took an uncased rifle out of his vehicle. The trigger of the rifle snagged on something in the vehicle, causing the loaded, off-safe rifle to fire. How to avoid this? Carry your guns in cases, bags, boxes, holsters—something that covers the trigger guard of the gun.
Common sense, this one.The Side Racker
This is why the dividers between stalls at indoor ranges are bulletproof. As I heard one range user say to a side racker, “If it’s okay for you to point your loaded gun at me, that means it’s okay for me to point my loaded gun at you, right?” If you physically cannot rack the slide without using this technique, the solution is simple: turn your lower body 90 degrees so that your muzzle is pointed downrange, and not at the person next to you.
Once again, common sense.The Lone (Up) Ranger
Don’t handle your gun when you are behind the firing line. If you are on the firing line, don’t handle your gun when shooters are downrange resetting targets. Is it possible to handle your gun behind the firing line and keep it pointed in a safe direction? Maybe, but unless you are under attack, there’s no reason to violate range etiquette rules.
You should have your earpro on BEFORE firing your first shot. The rest is common sense, though.The Muff
This often occurs immediately after the user has already fired one shot without hearing protection, and they reach to adjust their earmuffs, loaded gun in hand, pointed at the sky. Would you be willing to fire a loaded gun from that position? If not, then it’s unsafe. How to avoid this? Holster the gun or make it safe and set it down on a downrange table or bench.
I agree with this, to a certain extent. It may be OK for DAO shooters, but it's a bad habit to get into. Let's say that you are used to doing this because of your DAO, but you are shooting your buddy's 1911. See the problem?The Trigger Guardian
The trigger guardian will insist that their finger is “off the trigger.” Technically it is, but when the finger is placed in that position, it’s extremely easy for the finger to get to the trigger, should the shooter be startled or bumped. Some argue that it’s tactically important to have the finger that extra quarter-inch closer to the trigger, resting on the trigger guard and not on the slide, because they believe that it makes them faster to the first shot.
Nowhere in the shooting world does speed matter more than at the IPSC Grand Master level, where multi-day matches are sometimes decided by fractions of a second. If that marginal change in trigger finger position made a measurable difference in speed, one would expect that the top shooters would use that technique. They don’t, and I state that as a Master class shooter who has taken courses from, practiced with, and RO’d top level shooters.
As for the IPCS rant, it's immaterial. They wouldn't do this because these guys are shooting custom race pistols with hair triggers.
Once again, another problem that can be solved BY MAKING SURE THE WEAPON IS UNLOADED!! NEVER disassemble a gun until you've verified that it is unloaded MORE THAN ONE TIME.The Palm Shooter
The disassembly procedure for a Glock handgun requires that two levers be pressed down, one on each side of the frame, and the trigger pulled to release the slide. Unfortunately, one technique that many shooters adopt for this procedure places the muzzle pointed into their palm. There are multiple first-hand accounts documented online (including photos of the resulting injury) of shooters putting a hole in their hand as a result of failing to remove the round in the chamber before pulling the trigger.
This one is a more than a little anal. There are many guns out there that you just can't look down the barrel through the breach without a gunsmith to remove the barrel for you, and running a boresnake or cleaning rod isn't going to tell you if a barrel is pitted or if the rifling is damaged. Make sure the weapon is unloaded, lock back the bolt/slide/open the cylinder, and do your thing. If at all possible, remove the slide/cylinder, bolt.The Barrel Looker
This usually occurs after a malfunction has occurred, and the shooter is trying to determine whether the barrel is blocked or the chamber is fouled. Unfortunately, this method requires the shooter to point the gun in an unsafe direction. Safe alternatives include removing the barrel from the slide before inspection or using a Bore Snake or cleaning rod through the barrel.
Common sense tells you to put the gun down before bending over.The Ammo Saver
This usually occurs while unloading a semi-auto pistol. After the magazine is removed and the slide is racked, the ammo saver stops paying attention to muzzle direction and becomes obsessed with the ejected live round. Often this results in the muzzle pointing at the shooter’s feet or pointing up range. To correct this unsafe behavior, the shooter should ignore the ejected round and instead complete the unloading process by checking the chamber to ensure that it’s empty, and then holstering the pistol or setting it down, muzzle in a safe direction, before bending over to pick up the ejected round.
Like everything else on the internet, I take what information I deem useful and I leave anything I find to be silly or useless. The point I see here is the reiteration that safety rules should overlap so that you have to break several before something bad happens. It's my goal to be continually mindful about safety and not get too complacent about anything. I don't want to get ridiculous but I'd rather be just a LITTLE overly cautious.