Air Gun Safety

For my boys, the impending warm weather starts to bring on a desire to shoot things with air guns. Why this is, I don't know. I think it's a guy thing. Warm weather brings out the "mother" in me as well. I never miss an opportunity to stress to them the importance of gun safety. Gun safety is the same no matter what type of gun you're using.

Here are some tips:

1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
5. Eye protection must be worn by shooters and spectators at all times.

I know most of these seem common sense, but you'd be surprised at how many times I've had to reprimand my boys for doing something unsafe with their air guns. Boys are like that, in one ear and out the other. It never hurts to emphasize the obvious with children.

Having said all that, I think that teaching the boys at a young age the importance of gun safety helps when they get older and want to begin hunting. It allows them to practice their shooting and get used to handling a gun. Hunting is a big thing around here, and I'm all for them knowing what is right and wrong before they handle a gun powder firearm.