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6 Rules To Follow When Cleaning Your Guns



As I was about to write this article, I read a local news story about a man who shot his girlfriend in the leg while cleaning his gun. I hate to hear these stories because it’s so easy to avoid these types of accidents. Just by following some easy to follow steps every time you are about to clean a firearm. There is no excuse for these types of accidents. It’s horrible that a person has to deal with the possability of losing a leg, the pain and suffering of the surgery, plus rehab. All could of been avoided by just being safe while cleaning his gun.

These are the types of accidents that make people think guns are “evil” and that nobody but the government should have them.

The fact is, when cleaning a gun there are some simple rules that need to be followed, and if you follow them you will never have an accident:

1. Never clean your gun with anyone else in the room. Find a special place where only you’ll be while cleaning your gun. Tell your family members you’re about to clean your gun and not to interrupt you.

2. Never clean your gun with any ammunition in the same room. I don’t think I need to expand on this one.

3. Don’t listen to music or watch TV or have any distractions. I hear far too many stories of people who clean their guns in front of the TV and accidentally shoot themselves. Since a gun is a serious tool that needs to be respected, you shouldn’t be doing anything else while cleaning and handling it.

4. Wear eye protection while cleaning your gun. It only takes one spring to hit you in the eye or a splash of gun cleaner in the eye to make you a pirate.

5. Watch the muzzle of the gun at all times and never point the muzzle of the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. (I always keep my muzzle pointed at my bulletproof panel I use when cleaning my gun.)

6. Unload your gun in a room other than where you’ll be cleaning it and then triple check that your gun is unloaded before you begin to clean it.

The next time you clean your gun, remember the advice above. Also, one last thing: Don’t ever let someone clean their gun while you’re in the room with them as you don’t want to end up being the one shot in the leg or worse.  Be Safe Everyone!




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