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If you’re readying yourself for a long term survival situation, zombies or not, you’re going to want to be proficient with a rifle for defense, hunting, or just recreation. Some pertinent information from the article follows.
The Four Cardinal Safety Rules of Firing a Rifle
1. Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded. No ifs, ands, or buts. Even if you know the gun is unloaded, still handle it as if it were loaded. (I’d like to add a better practice is to remember that every gun is loaded. Keeping that in mind clears any questions. Every gun is loaded.)
2. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, a direction where a negligent discharge would cause minimum property damage and zero physical injury. Make darn sure the thing you’re pointing at needs a new hole in it.
3. Always keep your trigger finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you have made a conscious decision to shoot.
4. Always be sure of your target, backstop, and beyond. You want to be aware of what’s in your line of fire. This isn’t usually a concern if you go to a professional gun range. They make sure that people and property stay out of the path of the guns firing downrange. Where this becomes a concern is when you go shoot with your buddy out on his property. This is especially important when firing high powered rifles as their bullets travel further than bullets fired from a handgun.
And may I add a fifth:
5. The sights are on the top of the gun for a reason. No Hollywood or gangster stuff kids, you’re trying to conserve ammunition and hit a target, not look like an idiot.
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