There are several simple safety rules for handling firearms:
- Keep it unloaded until you are ready to shoot.
- Keep your finger off the trigger.
- Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
Following any one of those rules will prevent a serious accident. I found that out at the range today.
I was shooting my .30-06 this afternoon and had the gun go boom when I didn’t expect it to. I had just cycled the bolt when the gun discharged. Now obviously, I had done something wrong; guns don’t just go off one their own. I was ready to shoot, so loading it wasn’t an issue. I think that a finger on my off-side hand touched the trigger as I locked the bolt. So there’s two rules I wasn’t following. I did, however, keep the barrel pointed down range. So all that happened was that I wasted a round. Better “Three rules safe” but one is better than nothing.