Knowing how to safely handle and unload a semi-automatic handgun is not rocket science. However, as we have learned recently, if basic fundamental firearm safety rules are not obeyed, a very tragic incident can result.
This blog post entry was inspired by a recent media report in which a law enforcement officer, while dressed in his uniform, who went to a local gun and promptly shot off a finger with a .380 caliber pistol. Several errors were made.
The ultimate irony in the aforementioned incident is that anti-gun advocates frequently assert that only police officers should possess firearms. Whereas I do not seek to discredit the gun handling skills of law enforcement, I am making the point that anybody can have a negligent discharge if he does obey basic safety precautions when handling a firearm.
Do you know how to safely handle and unload a semi-automatic handgun? Which of the following is the best answer?
A. Simply Remove The Magazine
B. Point It In A Safe Direction and Pull The Trigger
C. Point It In A Safe Direction And Then Remove The Magazine
D. Point It In A Safe Direction, Remove The Magazine, And Unchamber Round (If Present)
E. Point It In A Safe Direction, Unchamber Round (If Present), And Remove Magazine
F. Point It In Safe Direction, Keep Finger Off Trigger, Unchamber Round (If Present), and Remove Magazine
G. Point It In A Safe Direction, Keep Finger Off Trigger, Remove Magazine, and Unchamber Round (If Present)
H. Point It In A Safe Direction, Keep Finger Off Trigger, Remove Magazine, Unchamber Round (If Present), And Inspect Chamber.
About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.
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