Firing Range Safety

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Firing Range Safety.



The very basics of training for battle shooting lies in the safe handling of any type of firearm, however firing range training can only take someone to a certain skills level. The rest depends on the actual battle situation an individual finds themselves in, and their determination to survive the firefight.

In a battle situation, accurate shooting remains the foundation of a military sub unit’s tactical success, as the ability of being an accurate shot could make the difference between the success of an operation or its failure. Therefore, it is imperative that a military recruit fully understands that becoming a good battle shot is the most vital of all their required military skills.

However, for a recruit to become a competent shot, it requires the state of mind to succeed and of course constant firing range practice. For as with any type of skills training, if a person puts the effort in the reward for that effort is the gaining of expertise.

Before someone does any live firing on a range, they must become familiar with the weapon to be used by understanding exactly how it works and how to field strip it for cleaning, and more importantly how to handle it in a safe and secure manner.

During military weapons instruction a recruit will receive instruction on a weapons history and why it was developed, and the intention of its design. This instruction assists them in the understanding of its battlefield advantages, and more importantly its limitations within a fighting environment.

It is extremely important that a recruit understands the operation of the working parts, the action. Such as does it employ a gas action piston, and if so does the discharged gas bleed directly onto the bolt.

In war, it is essential to have total confidence in a weapon, therefore stripping and cleaning is undoubtedly the best way to become acquainted with it. However, it is worth remembering that many times a carefully maintained weapon has jammed at the most inopportune moment resulting with a detrimental effect on the person using it. Therefore following on it is vitally important to constantly practice load, unload, and make-safe drills, until they become but second nature, become as a conditioned response.

However, under no circumstances should live rounds be used during such practices, only dummy rounds, blanks, or spent cases, for you cannot be overly safe with any type of firearm, as it is far better to make an apparently unnecessary check than to accidentally go and shoot someone.

From a safety point of view, when handing someone a weapon it is imperative that a weapons rounds chamber has been properly inspected and shown to be clear of a round.

Therefore, always follow the make-safe drill by showing them that it is indeed clear of a round, and make sure they inspect the chamber for themselves to confirm it safe before taking it from you.

To do this the person inspecting the firing chamber must state loudly the word, clear! Only then should the person holding the weapon release the working parts and fire off the action. However, a weapon will only be truly safe if its chamber is empty of a round and the safety catch applied in the safe mode, and if the weapon has one the magazine removed.


Keeping Range Safe.


To be range-safe is vital that you learn to handle a firearm in a secure and safe way. Military training demands that it becomes a matter of personal pride to be at all times range safe, and is why in the Military firing range discipline breaches result in the severest of punishments.

When on the range firing point, keep any weapons muzzle in the safe direction at all times, by pointing the muzzle directly downrange and not towards the ground due to the danger of ricochet, and certainly not pointing skywards for what goes up within the atmosphere must come down sometime and somewhere!

Keep your trigger finger on top of the trigger guard to minimize the possibility of an “ND”, a negligent discharge, for the only time your finger should be inside the trigger guard is when settled in a firing position and actually about to fire.

On the firing range when having to adjust a weapon for whatever reason, make sure that you do no muzzle sweeping; the waving around of a weapon carelessly, that can threaten someone else on the firing line. In addition, never handle a weapon if there is a person or people forward of the stated range firing point.






Main Points for Conditioned Response.



With firearms there is no margin for error, so at all times, when you pick up a weapon or hand a weapon over always assume that weapon is loaded until you have personally proved it clear, and never under any circumstances simply accept someone’s word that a weapon is clear and therefore has been made safe. Safety precautions must be repeated over and over, until they become a "conditioned responce".

If in any doubt whatsoever that a weapon has not been made safe, check it again, and again if necessary. Importantly if the weapon has at anytime been left out of sight or in direct possesion prior to firing, as someone else could have loaded it.

Safety precautions must be carried out every time a weapon is picked up. In the Military safety precautions are carried out before and after every, weapons lesson, weapons practice, drill and or duties that include weapons, in essence anywhere or anytime a weapon is used. 

Stringently follow the Firing Range “NSPs”, normal safety precautions.




Submitted: October 19, 2018

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Every American who owns a gun should be made to read this.

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