• Proper Care of a Handgun

    Wear and tear is another consideration for the gun. This mainly impacts the appearance of the gun and not so much the usefulness of it.

The Unbreakable Commandments of Responsible Gun Ownership

The freedom to own and use firearms is a great opportunity. However, it carries heavy responsibilities and obligations. Being a responsible gun owner is the most important of these responsibilities. Although it's an extremely important task, it's not really a difficult one. In this article, we provide some of the simple rules you have to adhere to in order to become an exemplary gun owner.

Treat All Guns As Though They're Loaded

This is the universal rule of thumb that applies to all guns at all times, whether or not you own them. Never forget the fearsome purpose behind every gun- they are killing machines. Always treat guns with respect and never handle them in a way that puts yourself or others at risk. This means that your basic assumption whenever you pick up a gun is that it is loaded and dangerous. Don't point a gun in an unsafe direction. Also, don’t perform any cleaning or maintenance until you confirm directly that it's unloaded. It goes without saying that you should exercise extreme caution when handling guns with which you're not familiar with.

Keep Guns Secured At All Times

When they're in your hands, you have direct responsibility of your guns. However, don't give up this obligation when you let go of them. Your guns need to be safe when they're not in your possession. This means storing them unloaded in highly secured locations. Think carefully about the benefits and risks of keeping your guns in your home. If you're not trained and prepared to employ your firearms in defense of your family, why not store your guns at your local range? If you accept the safety requirements of keeping guns in your home, make sure you have a gun safe that protects them from theft and misuse.

Never Give Untrained Individuals Access to Your Guns

There's nothing wrong with taking pride in the firearms you own. Showing them off can be a great deal of fun. However, don't let your pride gets the better of you. Friends, family members and strangers alike should be held to a strict "look but don't touch" policy. Stick to this policy until you've verified that they are fully trained in gun safety to your satisfaction. Even then, you should bear in mind that as a gun owner you retain responsibility for it even when it's in someone else's hands. Avoid situations that allow even the slightest chance of risky behavior.

Take Responsibility for Your Family's Training

While gun ownership is a serious matter, it's not a thing you need to protect your children from. Share your firearms knowledge with your family. See to it that they too are trained and experienced in handling guns safely and responsibly. At the youngest ages, what children must need to know is that guns are not toys. As they get older, though, you should feel free to teach your children how to shoot. While you don't necessarily need to try and cultivate an enthusiasm for guns in your children and other family members, stress that it is important for them to know basic gun safety rules in order to keep everyone in your home safe.

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Proper Care of a Handgun

There is more to owning a gun than just shooting it and having the proper equipment and accessories. Guns need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order to function well. A gun that is not maintained can be hazardous or not be able to function at all. This article will highlight some of the things to watch out for in properly maintaining a handgun.Lint can be a real hindrance to a gun. It can mess with the ability to fire and it accumulates from lots of different sources. If you are carrying a gun in your pocket there is a greater chance that it will accumulate lint and dust than if you were carrying in a hip holster. This is true even if you are carrying it in a pocket holster. Also, the type of gun you carry in your pocket can be a cause for more lint. A gun with lots of edges and angles is more likely to accumulate lint as opposed to a gun with smooth lines.It is probably best to check the gun every day after you take it off. Just wipe off the lint that has accumulated over the day on a daily basis. On a weekly basis, you need to do a more thorough cleaning to get rid of the other lint that accumulated internally.Wear and tear is another consideration for the gun. This mainly impacts the appearance of the gun and not so much the usefulness of it. Even storing it in a holster and in a pocket can lead to marks and scuffs on the exterior of the gun. Unfortunately, that is part of owning a gun. If you carry it regularly, then you will notice it pretty quickly. But, if you only carry it from time to time, it may take longer before you notice the wear marks.

Keeping your gun well oiled is another important maintenance task. A gun will fire and cycle more smoothly if it is kept lubricated and oiled. However, it is important to note that keeping the gun oiled can lead to other problems already mentioned. If the gun is dry, then lint and dust has a harder time adhering to the gun. But, a gun that is oiled will attract dust and link like a magnet. Again, this is normally a part of owning and maintaining a gun.A gun that has been oiled will not stay that way for very long. There are various factors that will cause the gun to be oiled every couple of days even if it is not used. An alternative would be to use a lubricating paste rather than oil. The paste will stay in place longer and call for less frequent lubing.Owning a gun is a big responsibility. It needs to be properly maintained in order to be useful in time of need. Furthermore, a gun that is not maintained properly can actually be a hazard for the owner. As a responsible gun owner, be sure to quip yourself of the proper care and maintenance of your handgun.

Keeping your gun well oiled is another important maintenance task

A gun that has been oiled will not stay that way for very long. There are various factors that will cause the gun to be oiled every couple of days even if it is not used. An alternative would be to use a lubricating paste rather than oil. The paste will stay in place longer and call for less frequent lubing.


Owning a gun is a big responsibility. It needs to be properly maintained in order to be useful in time of need. Furthermore, a gun that is not maintained properly can actually be a hazard for the owner. As a responsible gun owner, be sure to quip yourself of the proper care and maintenance of your handgun.

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