Nathan Camarda, Instructor
Get The "little" Things Right.
What is the single most important word related to anything dealing with firearms? SAFETY. Yep, you've heard it before and I hope you will hear it, or at a minimum, remind yourself of it constantly. Marksmanship is great, gadgets and gizmos are fun and often very useful, continued training can provide invaluable knowledge and experience. NONE of those things mean anything if you aren't diligent with those little (often overlooked due to complacency) safety items. BE DILIGENT!
THE FOUR UNIVERSAL SAFETY RULES AREN'T JUST FOR THE RANGE!
If you are making this mistake knowingly, sell your guns (legally) and buy a self-defense whistle. Universal is the key word here, meaning they should be practiced regularly every single time a firearm is handled. Do not ever let the feeling of being an expert mean you can skip over the little things just because you've done them hundreds (or thousands) of times. This is part of the "train how you fight" mentality. If you do something the same every single time, you'll succeed when it counts and do it the same way when the lead is flying and the stress level is high.
STORAGE AND SECURITY IS EVERY OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY
Many of the innocents injured in firearms-related incidents could have been prevented simply if the weapon was properly secured and stored. In my mind, there is no excuse for this. Folks spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on guns and ammo but refuse to invest in a quality safe to store them in. Would you park your Lamborghini unlocked in a crowded parking lot with the keys on the seat? Why the Hell would you leave your weapon out and unlocked? It's infinitely easier to walk away with a handgun than to drive away in a Lamborghini but somehow we treat firearms as less important because of their size. Please don't skimp here. Do some research and spend some of that "gun money" on a reliable, secure, and safe storage option. You are responsible for everything, everyone does with your guns. When it's not on your person and under your direct control, LOCK IT UP.
KNOW AND CONSTANTLY REVIEW/UPDATE YOURSELF ON LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS
Laws change. Requirements can be different everywhere you go. It is absolutely up to you to seek out and update your rulebook. Know your limitations, not only legal but also personal. This means learning and understanding what you physically are capable of, as well as what the consequences of any actions you take may be. Self-defense incidents are not limited to the short time the event itself is unfolding. You need to be prepared by knowing what you can and cannot do. If (though I hope it never happens to you) you are ever forced to use your weapon in defense of yourself or another, every tiny detail, every choice you make, every word you say, every training you've attended, every law you studied (or didn't), everything, will be scrutinized and used either for or against you. Ensuring you are in compliance with current legislation and being able to show that you are dedicated to maintaining this compliance, is vital for your safety.
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