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
More BB gun safety tips for target
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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