Most people would be highly aware of the fact that drinking and driving don’t mix. It’s just not something that should ever be done. The same can certainly be said for the handling and shooting of firearms while under the influence. If you consider the potential for injury, keeping your head clear at all times is the only way to go. [Read more…] about Impaired Shooting
As technologically advanced as modern guns are, you’d be hard-pressed to find any shooter who hasn’t had an issue here and there with equipment failure to some degree. It’s inevitable if you shoot long enough, but the key is to be able to quickly identify problems as they occur and safely remedy the situation. [Read more…] about Common Firearms Malfunctions (and what to do about them)
Having anything in your bore other than a bullet flying out of it can be serious business. Even a small amount of foreign matter can be enough to cause a major (and potentially deadly) accident.
Many factors contribute to the accuracy of a rifle, be it major components with a tangible impact, such as the barrel itself and the ammunition we feed it, or more subtle nuances that effect harmonics. No matter the element, having confidence when it comes to shot placement is paramount to any shooter. Today I want to talk about a piece of the puzzle that is crucial not only to the accuracy of your rifle, but to every aspect of the direct shooter interface, the trigger. [Read more…] about Get Triggered! FIME Enhanced Fire Control Group
Keeping new shooters safe takes some time and a well thought-out plan for instruction that must include gun handling and safety protocols. This is not an area where you want rush through details or cut corners. [Read more…] about Gun Handling For Beginners
Teaching a friend or family member to shoot and how to handle weapons safely can be a great experience, but it’s important not to take the process too lightly. [Read more…] about The Amateur Instructor
There was an incident in our area recently where someone at a range narrowly missed hitting their instructor with an accidental shot from their handgun. That’s how it was reported. The shot was unintentional for sure, but accidental maybe not so much. [Read more…] about An Accident By Any Other Name
Temperatures are rising and it’s time to be aware of what that heat can do to your weapons and your ammo. Aside from the basic safety practices that help to keep you and those around you safe – what and how you shoot will dictate how much attention you need to pay to the warmer weather. [Read more…] about Hot Weather Shooting
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find any shooter that doesn’t understand the need for eye and hearing protection. It’s standard industry practice, most all reputable ranges insist on their use and it’s really just common sense. [Read more…] about Always Use Protection
Like any tool or equipment that you may own, keeping your firearms clean and in good working order goes a long way in maintaining optimal performance. Even a rank novice knows instinctively that ‘clean is good’ when it comes to your guns, but there are some elements of the process that may be misunderstood, not considered or that get forgotten about due to laziness or neglect.
Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience: [Read more…] about Tree Stand Safety Tips
It’s right there in the rules posted at any shooting range: All shooters and spectators must wear hearing and eye protection. Most shooters are equipped for compliance, quickly donning whatever earmuffs are inside their range bag. Those who come unprepared can always obtain a set of in-ear foam plugs from the range officer. This is the extent to which most shooters think about hearing protection. They think, I have it and I’m wearing it, so my hearing is protected. But that isn’t always true. [Read more…] about The Science Behind Hearing Protection
These are the opinions and observations of a guy who’s spent a lifetime outdoors and a great deal of it in bear country. There is no right or wrong way of dealing with a bear encounter. There are some excellent rules of thumb to know, some common-sense lessons to learn, and a fair collection of experiences to draw on. After all, your survival could result from your knowledge of bear country safety. [Read more…] about Bear Country Safety