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The Essentials of BB Gun Safety When Target Shooting

Many parents who do not feel comfortable with their children handling real rifles buy their kids airguns. However, before you purchase one for your child, be sure to know the essentials of BB gun safety. Target shooting is the best way to learn how to use a new airgun. It's a controlled environment (if set up properly), and it forces the shooter to focus and concentrate.  BB gun safety rules dictate that you should always have the weapon pointing away from yourself and others at all times. Also, only put your finger on the trigger when you are about to shoot. It's a good idea to wear goggles when target shooting as well.

BB gun safety for kids starts with adult supervision. Before you begin target shooting, ask an adult to help set up your range. Outdoor ranges with at least 15 feet between you and your ammo’s destination work best. Always have a cardboard box or similar penetrable obstruction behind your target in case you miss. Make sure that you are aware of where your pellet could go if your aim is off. If there is any chance of you hitting another person or an object that shouldn't be hit, then move your range to a more suitable area.

More BB gun safety tips for target shooting

Other important BB gun safety tips for target shooting include using a target that will not deflect the projectile. Many people like using aluminum cans or a piece of cardboard with a bulls eye painted on it. Make sure you have a backstop though, just in case.  And never use a thick metal surface. Ricochets are a real danger if you do.

To ensure BB gun safety, make sure that you are not target shooting around any windows, closed or open. Do not reuse your BBs, because they could potentially damage your weapon and can go wildly astray, regardless of how you aim. Remember that, even though it is less powerful than a regular rifle, an airgun still can be very dangerous if used improperly.  You need to have your wits about you and be in a serious frame of mind.

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