Air rifles should never be mistaken as toys nor should they be handled or used in the manner that airsoft guns are. If you were to shoot an air rifle in the direction of a human it is definite that they would become harmed. However, things could be much worse than that – they could those their life. It is not difficult by any means to become careless while shooting these guns which is why the media tends to stress the dangers of all guns to the public. Everybody should take the time to learn proper air rifle safety as well as tips on how to handle, along with how to shoot their rifle.
Basic Air Rifle Safety
Before you even take your rifle out for some target shooting, you should undergo all measures possible in learning how your gun works. This includes mastering loading it, unloading it, operating, shooting and maintaining your air rifle. To do this, you could read the manual/instructions that came with the rifle purchase, find the information online or visit a local shooting range.
One key feature on your gun is the safety. With whatever method you choose to figure out operating your gun, it is essential that you learn how to use the safety. It will prevent you from accidentally firing the air rifle when it is in your possession, but not being used for hunting or plinking.
Once you learn how to operate and handle your air rifle you can move on to attempting some target shooting. Even if the real reason you bought the gun is to hunt, it’s a good to get an idea of how your gun feels, and shoots. After you feel comfortable with your old-fashioned plinking practices, you can head out to the woods and take down some furry opponents.
While doing so, be sure to keep this tips in mind:
- Always wear protective eye gear.
- Keep your hand away from the trigger unless intending to shoot.
- Do not leave your gun loaded after using it.
- Keep guns pointed away from people and valuable items.
- When not in use, keep your gun in a safe, out of reach from children.