Whether you plan to shoot clays at a public range or at a home range, there are a few firearm safety rules that should always be top of mind. We welcome new contributor Ali Juten to the series of safe shooting tips, sponsored by Project ChildSafe.
Sponsored by NSSF & Project ChildSafe
First, you’ll likely have to transport your firearm to the shooting range. In doing so, always be sure to keep your shotgun in a case, unloaded, with the safety on. Having your firearm in a secure case will help to ensure it doesn’t get jostled too much by bumps in the road.
Third, always wear eye protection and hearing protection. Glasses not only protect your eyes, but they also can help with your shooting. For example, yellow glasses help provide contrast for shooting which can improve accuracy. Hearing protection and shooting glasses are completely necessary when shooting any type of firearm and, there are a wide array of options out there that won’t break the bank.
Lastly, be sure you know what is beyond where you’re shooting. At a public range, it is usually very safe beyond the target; when the range is open, it should be “shoot-ready” with all of the safety precautions taken care of ahead of time. However, if shooting at home, it is important to know exactly what is beyond your firing range. Be sure there are no people, buildings, or vehicles in the direction you will be shooting.
Remember, if you own a firearm it is your responsibility to protect it and secure it in order to keep yourself and others around you safe.