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Living in rural Vermont, guns and BB guns are a regular part of every day life and in our family so are gun safety tips. David’s friends have had BB guns for years and (with supervision) he has used them a few times at friends’ houses. I’ve held off on getting him his own BB gun for a while now because I wanted to make sure that he had the maturity to use a BB gun properly. We’ve never bought the kids water guns or plastic toy guns because we want them to understand that guns are not toys. After discussing it with my husband, we thought he was at the point to understand and respect a BB gun. He took a gun safety class last summer so we were certain he had an understanding now.
Of course, the first image that comes to mind when I think of a BB gun is a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun! That’s a name that has been around for years and to me that means quality. Doing some research, I discovered that our local Dick’s Sporting Goods store carried Daisy Red Ryder BB guns and since I have a Dicks Score Card to earn points, it makes perfect sense to shop there. David and I headed out to Dicks’ Sporting Goods after school to shop for his BB gun. There was a whole display on BB guns against one wall and a big stack of Daisy Red Ryder BB guns. We grabbed the BB’s and the targets as well. I was surprised that they didn’t have the safety glasses right along side the BB guns but we found them eventually a few aisles over.
We headed over to check out and I was very pleased that the cashier asked for my birth date to check my age when I got the gun. I’m glad they take steps to make sure that kids aren’t buying things unattended. I also liked the poster warning people about not buying guns for other people that they had hanging near the display. Gun safety is very important in our family and I appreciate when stores encourage gun safety as well. Here are a few gun safety tips that we abide by:
- Airguns are real guns, not toys. You or others can be killed or seriously injured if these rules are not followed.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. There are several safe “carries” depending on the situation. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO POINT IN THE DIRECTION OF A PERSON.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded. You can never be positive that you were the last person to handle the gun. Never take anyone’s word about whether or not a gun is loaded. Always check a gun to see if it is loaded when removed from storage or received from another person. Even if you have fired an airgun one or more times and no pellet or BB was expelled from the barrel, it does not mean that the magazine of the gun is empty of ammunition. Any airgun can fail to feed for any number of reasons. Continue to treat the airgun as loaded and ready to fire. ALWAYS TREAT A GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED EVEN IF YOU KNOW IT ISN’T.
- Only load or cock a gun when you are shooting. A loaded gun has no place in your home or other place.
- Check your target and beyond your target. Be sure all persons are well clear of the target area before you shoot. Check behind and beyond your target to be certain you have a safe backstop and that no person or property could be endangered.
- Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses. Also, all other persons should remain behind the shooter.
- Never climb or jump with a gun. You can’t control the direction of the muzzle if you stumble or fall. You should safely lay the gun down or hand it to a companion while you climb or jump over anything.
- Avoid ricochet. Never shoot at a flat hard surface or at the surface of water. Ammunition can ricochet off of water just like a skipped rock.
- Keep the muzzle clear. Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a gun. Don’t allow the muzzle to come in contact with the ground.
- Guns not in use should always be unloaded. Keeping guns unloaded when not in use is critical to the safety of you and others. When you are finished shooting, put the trigger safety in the “on” position and unload the gun. Store guns so that they are inaccessible to untrained shooters and store ammunition separately from the gun.
- Respect other people’s property. Whether you’re target shooting or hunting, if you’re a guest on others’ land, you should leave it exactly as you found it. This is important with all outdoor family activities.
Once we reviewed these rules with David, wet set up the target and he enjoyed shooting at it. I was really quite surprised to see how good his aim was. He hit the target right on with almost every shot. I like that this is something he can now discuss with Marty and his Grandfather. It’s sort of a rite of passage to have your first gun when you grow up and I’m really glad this is something that we got to experience with David and Daisy Outdoor Products.
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