Kids, Guns, Shooting, & Safety #BB4ME #CBIAS

by | Oct 5, 2012 | KUWTR

Honestly growing up I was not a big gun person. There were several (3) gun related tragedies in my family, one left my mom with PTSD. So I never wanted to be around them, but marrying into a family that has grown up with guns, hunting, shooting skeet, targets, and even a  Rheinlander World Class Taxidermist!! Guns were a part of the deal. My hubby made sure that I knew about the guns in our house, how to use them safely, but I never really wanted one until I was pregnant… Crazy! Right?

Having a little one around when the family partakes in Gun activities has always made me think about gun safety and teaching our little monkey how to be safe when shooting a gun or around guns period. I know she is too little to shoot with the “big boys” now but it is never to early to learn how to be safe!! Daisy Outdoor has 10 great Shooting Safety Rules for anyone, anytime, anyplace, with any gun!!!

Ten Shooting Safety Rules

Airguns are real guns, not toys. You or others can be killed or seriously injured if these rules are not followed.
  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. There are several safe “carries” depending on the situation. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO POINT IN THE DIRECTION OF A PERSON.  
  2. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.  You can never be positive that you were the last person to handle the gun. Never take anyone’s word about whether or not a gun is loaded. Always check a gun to see if it is loaded when removed from storage or received from another person. Even if you have fired an airgun one or more times and no pellet or BB was expelled from the barrel, it does not mean that the magazine of the gun is empty of ammunition. Any airgun can fail to feed for any number of reasons. Continue to treat the airgun as loaded and ready to fire. ALWAYS TREAT A GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED EVEN IF YOU KNOW IT ISN’T.  
  3. Only load or cock a gun when you are shooting.  A loaded gun has no place in your home or other place.  
  4. Check your target and beyond your target.  Be sure all persons are well clear of the target area before you shoot. Check behind and beyond your target to be certain you have a safe backstop and that no person or property could be endangered.  
  5. Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses. Also, all other persons should remain behind the shooter.  
  6. Never climb or jump with a gun. You can’t control the direction of the muzzle if you stumble or fall. You should safely lay the gun down or hand it to a companion while you climb or jump over anything.  
  7. Avoid ricochet. Never shoot at a flat hard surface or at the surface of water. Ammunition can ricochet off of water just like a skipped rock.  
  8. Keep the muzzle clear. Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a gun. Don’t allow the muzzle to come in contact with the ground.  
  9. Guns not in use should always be unloaded. Keeping guns unloaded when not in use is critical to the safety of you and others. When you are finished shooting, put the trigger safety in the “on” position and unload the gun. Store guns so that they are inaccessible to untrained shooters and store ammunition separately from the gun.
  10.  Respect other people’s property. Whether you’re target shooting or hunting, if you’re a guest on others’ land, you should leave it exactly as you found it

I think the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun will be the perfect addition to our gun collection. Something to start Alex off on when she is old enough (Daisy recommends 10+) to start shooting guns.  So I headed to our local Academy Sports and Outdoors to purchase one… 

There is a large selection of different BB guns… even a pink one!! Academy also has all the amo, targets, and safety equipment that your family will need!!

 Red Ryder BB Gun – Check, BB’s – Check, Safety Glasses – Check
We had a family friend Phoenix come over for some target practice and safety lessons so that when she goes out to the ranch with us she is familiar with the safety lessons that Michael had with her. Plus I know that her mom and I both will feel more comfortable if she has already gone over the safety tips and had some target practice prior to the “ranch” experience!! 
Looks like she is a pretty good shot!! She hit the target block every time. Everyone had a wonderful time going over the safety tips of guns and shooting. I even had to get in on the target practice…
 I PERSONALLY recommend teaching your children and other family members the importance of gun safety. I know first hand how mishandling guns can quickly become a tragedy. So if your family likes to have fun with guns take the proper precautions and safety lessons for your little ones! It is NEVER too early to teach SAFETY FIRST!! 
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