First time glock/gun owner

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by Herrontt, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Herrontt

    Herrontt New Member

    Hi I have not shot a gun in about 10 years. And when I did it was all set up just aim and shoot. I don't want to look like a total rookie when I go to the range for the first time. Any tips, do's and dont's . Any advice is greatly appreciated and sorry for being a newbie I know I'll pick it up soon.
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    NRA Gun Safety Rules

    The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:

    1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

    2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
    When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

    3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
    Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

    When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:

    • Know your target and what is beyond.
      Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.
    • Know how to use the gun safely.
      Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
    • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
      Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.
    • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
      Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
    • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
      Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.
    • Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
      Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
    • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
      Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.
    • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
    • Cleaning
      Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.
      A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly. Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun's action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012

  3. jar79

    jar79 New Member

    I am in the same boat. Thanks for the tips.
  4. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    The 12 Golden rules for Safe Gun Handling
    1. Always treat the gun as loaded.
    2. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    3. Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
    4. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
    5. Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to destroy.
    6. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
    7. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
    8. Always use proper Ammunition.
    9. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
    10. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
    11. Don't rely on the gun's safety to keep it from firing.
    12. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.
    Range Safety
    1. Follow the 12 golden rules.
    2. Know and follow all the rules of the Shooting Range.
    3. Listen and do what the Range Master tells you to do.
    4. Uncase and case your gun at the shooting bench, never behind the safety line.
    5. Always keep the barrel pointed down range.
    6. Always keep the gun on safe until you intend to shoot.
    7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
    8. Never shoot at water or hard surfaces.
    Hunting Safety
    1. Follow the 12 golden rules.
    2. When hunting in a group, always pick one person to act as a Safety Officer for the Day or Trip.
    3. Establish and share everyone's zone of fire with each other and know where everyone is at all times.
    4. Always keep the gun on safe until you intend to shoot.
    5. Never climb over anything with a loaded gun in your hand or on your person.
    6. Never use a scope on a gun as Binoculars.
    7. If you fall or trip, control your muzzle. Afterward, check the gun for damage and/or obstructions in the barrel.
    8. When in Doubt; Don't shoot.
    Always remember that guns are not toys and should be treated with respect.
  5. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Glock Forum jar79 !!
  6. nyycanseco33

    nyycanseco33 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Welcome to both of you, you will not be disappointed with your Glocks and it's great to meet others with common interests... Any questions you may have are always encouraged because chances are if you have the question then there are others here with the same or similar question, dont be shy :)
  7. rv19

    rv19 New Member

    Amen. Being a new gun owner myself.
  8. Hamster

    Hamster New Member

    Nobody ever mentions this one..........
    Remember to squeeze the trigger, not pull it.
  9. techn9net9xxx

    techn9net9xxx New Member

    ..very informative for us noobs! :)