Carrying a concealed firearm is becoming increasingly prevalent, but there are a number of safety tips that concealed carriers should know and practice. These include following the cardinal rules of firearm ownership, using correct ammunition, knowing what to do if the handgun fails to fire, and securing the handgun in an appropriate holster. It is also important to learn the mechanical characteristics of a handgun before heading out with a concealed firearm, as well as the best practices for safely storing a firearm in a vehicle.
Follow These Safety TipsIf you are a concealed carrier—or intend on applying for a permit—make sure you understand and practice the following safety tips:
- Cardinal Rules. The four cardinal rules of firearm ownership are: (1) treat every firearm as if it is loaded, (2) only point your firearm at your desired target, (3) be sure of your target, and (4) keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
- Use Correct Ammunition. Ammunition comes in all shapes and sizes. Each type has its own unique purpose and should be used accordingly. You should consider what your purpose is before selecting the appropriate ammunition. Some are good at short distances, others at long range. Some are meant to enter and exit the target, while others are made to expand and lodge in the target. Still yet, some are simply for firing range use.
- Failure to Fire. Occasionally, your firearm may fail to fire when the trigger is pulled. In this situation, you should keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and carefully open the action. Next, unload the firearm and dispose of the faulty cartridge.
- Holster Safety. Holsters are about more than having handy access to your handgun. They are also an important safety mechanism. A good holster keeps the firearm in place and guards the trigger from inadvertent manipulation.
- Understanding Your Handgun. Each firearm operates differently and distinctly. It is important to get to know your handgun before using it. This means reading the manual, taking training classes, and talking with experts.
- Safe Storing. One of the benefits of having a concealed carry permit is that you can store your handgun in your vehicle when you travel. Make sure you keep it somewhere where the muzzle is safely pointed away from all passengers and the firearm is not vulnerable to excessive heat or moisture.
At Springfield Armory®, we believe in proper firearm education. Before purchasing a firearm or applying for a concealed carry permit, it’s important to have a proper understanding of how your handgun operates. For a wide selection of firearms, visit Springfield-Armory.com.