Outdoors: Gun Etiquette

Outdoors Gun Etiquette

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – In just two short months, you’ll be on your stand in the deer woods waiting for that big buck to stroll by. Will you be confident that you can take it with a single, well-placed shot? Have you been to the range to check you rifle’s accuracy since you put it away after last season?

It is time to get out to the range to make sure your firearm is where you left it. Also to get yourself familiar with it so you are not fumbling around in the dark trying to understand what the functions are on your firearm: turn the safely on, unload it and load it by performing it during the day.

When you get to the rifle range now, you’ll notice that there are crowds of other shooters who have also waited too long to sight in. Now is not the time to dawdle and socialize.

Range etiquette is something that a lot of people do not see as a big issue, but it is a major problem. You should always keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction. Even if you are walking through the parking lot and the gun is unloaded, keep the muzzle pointed straight up in the air.

Getting to the range and getting confident with your firearm is important, but so is range etiquette. Just like in the field, be a good sport and a good ambassador.

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