A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, June 11, 2007

Gun Manners

As with all things, politeness and good manners are the sign of a superior individual, and this includes gun handling. While we must all follow the "4 Rules" there are some additional behaviors that mark a mature and responsible shootist. Be a gun gentleman/lady, and not a gun slob.

Don't touch another person's firearm without permission.

Don't ask if a person is armed.

Don't ask if the owner has ever been in an armed confrontation.

Don't ask to "see" a firearm that is being carried by someone.

If allowed to examine another's firearm, especially a prized or valuable one, try to keep your fingerprints off the metal and if you do accidentally leave fingerprints let the owner know so that they may be removed to prevent finish damage if so desired.

Clear a firearm and lock the action open before handing a firearm to another person, and ask the owner of a firearm to do so before they hand it to you, no matter what the owner claims.

If unfamiliar with the operation of a particular firearm, ask the owner to demonstrate and to "show clear" before you handle it.

Don't drop an autopistol's slide on an empty chamber, nor "flip" a revolver's cylinder closed.

Don't drop the hammer to "test" the trigger without the owner's permission.
If allowed to fire someone else's firearm offer to pay for the ammunition., or return the favor and offer your firearm to be fired.

If you are allowed to borrow a firearm for an extended period of time, return it on time, and return it cleaned and lubricated, even if it was dirty when you received it.

Don't criticize another's firearm nor start telling them what it needs to be "better" unless they ask for your opinion.

After a shooting session, pick up your brass, targets, and clean up your area.




Blogger Conservative Scalawag said...

Good advice for all folks to be aware and remember.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... amen....

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Diamondback said...

Very well said. You pretty well covered most of my "rules of the range" in that. "Flipping cylinders and "dropping" slides has always made me cringe. I've heard people go on and on about how this wouldn't hurt a quality firearm... You can imagine my response to that.

10:18 PM  
Blogger DonWorsham said...

Xavier, can you tell more about the photo...it looks like BankOne (now Chase) sponsored a rifle shoot?

9:14 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

It's a Bank One Basketball Camp T shirt being worn by a young lady with an old rifle.

3:25 PM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...


Thanks for the lesson in "Gun Manners" - I think I would have known to do most of these (I certainly would never touch another's handgun or rifle without first asking permission).

The fact remains, however that as old as I am, I could still breach common gun handling 'etiquette' through having never been taught "better manners" in this regard. Thanks for teaching me somethings I didn't know.

6:39 PM  

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