Gun etiquette is something that is most often not taught but everyone who is around guns should know.
- Alcohol and/or drugs should never be consumed and/or used when handling or will be handling firearms.
- The first thing you do when you pick up any gun, is check to see if it’s loaded.
- Before you pick up or accept a gun from someone, make sure you know how it works. If you don’t know or can’t remember, don’t be embarrassed to ask someone to show you. It’s the smart thing to do.
- When handing a gun to someone, remove the magazine if it has one, open the cylinder or lock open the action and look in the gun including the chamber to make sure it is not loaded. Then, with the cylinder or action still locked open, hand the unloaded gun to the person with the muzzle pointing away from them. That person will then take possession of the gun and also check it for ammunition out of respect for the gun and the person who just handed it to them. The recipient is then clear to close the cylinder or action and inspect the gun. When the gun is handed back or to the next person, the same process is followed each and every time.
- Handle the guns of others with care and respect. When dealing with other people's guns:
- Don’t let the slide or action slam forward in Automatic Pistols. (unless loading the chamber to shoot
- Don’t let the hammer fall uncontrolled.
- Don’t fling or slam the cylinder shut on Revolvers.
- Don’t let the bolt slam forward in Semi-Automatic Rifles and Shotguns. (unless loading the chamber to shoot)
- Don’t quickly and forcefully close the bolt on bolt action Rifles, Lever action Rifles and pump action Shotguns and Rifles.
- Close break action Shotguns, Rifles, and Pistols with care.
- Always pick up your spent cases and/or shells when you’re done shooting.
- Always take down your targets when you're done shooting.
- Always straighten up your area before you leave.
- Never eat or drink while shooting. After shooting always wash your hands and face before you eat or drink. It is also a good idea to change your clothes as soon as possible and put them in the wash to avoid spreading powder residue.
- Know and follow all hunting rules and regulation for your type of hunt and the area you are hunting in.
- When approached by a Conservation Officer, Police Officer, another Hunter or anyone else, always hold your firearm in a non threatening manner. If your rifle or shotgun has a sling, use it and sling your firearm over your shoulder. If you are caring a pistol, put it in the holster.
- Always pick up your spent cases and/or shells after you shoot.
- Never litter and please pick up the trash and other stuff left behind by inconsiderate people.
- Always leave your camp or hunting area in better condition then what you found it.
"The first thing you do when you pick up any gun, is check to see if it’s loaded."