The gun is one of man’s most powerful tools. It has allowed us to kill our enemies and survive in the wild since before recorded history. However, guns can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them properly. Here are some basic guidelines for using firearms safely:
Take The Safety Off
It’s important to remember that safety is the last resort. If you are not ready to fire at someone, then your finger should never be on the trigger. This is especially true if you’re carrying a gun and there’s no good reason for it being there in the first place.
If you’re ever in doubt about whether or not something is safe (like how safe it would be if you were walking down an alley at night with a gun), then either just don’t do it or make sure someone else knows what’s going on so they can step in if any problems arise while they’re happening!
Squeeze The Trigger
The most important rule of using a Glock 19 is to squeeze the trigger. This means that you only touch the trigger with your finger and then slowly pull it back until it reaches its full range of motion.
You don’t want to pull, jerk, press, or push the trigger because doing so can cause your shot to miss its mark.
There are two main reasons to follow this rule. First, it helps prevent your finger from slipping off the trigger, which could cause an accidental discharge. The second is that it prevents you from pulling back on the trigger too quickly, which can also result in an accidental discharge.
Take A Defensive Shooting Course
One of the most important things you can do is take a defensive shooting course. These courses will teach you how to effectively use a gun and how to use it safely. They’ll also teach you how to handle your weapon safely, which is essential for proficiency with your firearm.
While not everyone needs or wants to take these courses—like if they’re just looking for home defense and don’t plan on carrying around their pistol all day long—it’s still something that’s worth considering.
Carry Concealed With A Holster
Carrying a gun is a serious responsibility. It is not something you do for fun or fashion, and it’s certainly not something you do to make yourself feel better or safer. If you’re carrying a gun, it’s because you want to be able to protect yourself when needed.
With that said, it’s also important to make sure you’re carrying your gun in a way that will actually help you. If you’re going to carry concealed, for example, then it’s highly recommended that you use a holster. There are many different types of holsters, but they all serve one purpose: keeping your weapon safe while ensuring you can get to it quickly and easily when necessary.
Get A Gun With A Manual Safety, Or Wait Until You’re More Experienced To Carry It
If you opt for a gun with manual safety, it’s usually easier to unlock than other types. You can also use your thumb to deactivate the safety before firing. Manual safeties are ideal if your handgun is so small that it would be difficult to reach the trigger guard and pull back on the slide in order to disengage the safety.
It’s important not to overlook any training opportunities when choosing between guns with or without manual safeties. If you plan on carrying without one, then get some training first.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practicing with a gun is one of the most important things you can do to be a safe and responsible shooter. The more you practice, the more comfortable and confident you’ll feel with your firearm. Practicing also improves your accuracy, which makes it easier for you to hit what you’re aiming at.
You should practice regularly so that shooting becomes second nature — like driving or riding a bike if something happens suddenly. At the same time, on the range (or in any other situation), it will take less time for your body to react because that reaction has been drilled into your muscle memory over time through regular practice sessions.
Using a gun is an incredibly serious matter, so it’s important to get your facts straight before you do anything. The best thing you can do is take a defensive shooting course (where you will learn how to handle real-life situations) and practice at the range with friends who have taken the same course so they can help mentor you through it. Once you have a solid understanding of how to use a gun in self-defense and feel comfortable with your weapon, you can start carrying it around with you. The key is always to be prepared for the worst-case scenario—and know how to handle it.