Manager of the Palmetto Shooting Complex at the National Wild Turkey Federation, Rhett Simmons, reminds us of the importance of firearm safety.
“It’s crucial. You can’t recall a shell after you pull the trigger,” Simmons said.
“Be aware of your surroundings. If someone has a gun pointed in an unsafe direction, tell them,” Simmons said.
He notes there are only two safe directions to point your gun: up or down range.
Some folks carry their gun barrel pointing down. It’s a pretty safe bet, but there are a couple of good reasons to stick with the options above.
When you are shooting at the range or out in the field, remember the acronym “MAT” to help follow safety protocol.
M (muzzle): Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
A (action): Keep the action open and the firearm unloaded until ready to use.
T (trigger): Keep your finger off and away from the trigger until ready to shoot.
In addition to the safety tips above, Simmons reminds folks not to cut corners or rush when handling a firearm. And to keep the following in mind when hunting and target shooting:
When you are being safe, everyone wins!