Firearm Safety

DF SafetyHealth and Safety Tips

With the arrival of summer, you might find yourself with some extra time on your hands. This is the perfect time to refresh your knowledge on firearms, especially if you are considering hunting this season. While it might seem far away, being prepared is always timely!  

Inspect your firearms and your ammunition

Make sure everything is in good condition and operating as it should be. If you have any doubts whatsoever, it is time for a trip to a local gunsmith for an inspection and possible repairs. Do not ever use a firearm that is not working correctly! 

Take a trip to the shooting range  

Not only can going to a shooting range be an enjoyable activity, but it also gives you a chance to evaluate your equipment and shooting abilities. Make sure your scope (if you use one) is properly sighted in.  

Get your eyesight checked 

How about your own eyes?  Have you been to the optometrist lately?  Can you see well enough to shoot safety? Having good eyesight is critical to gun safety. 

Checklist for hunting safely and properly: 

  • Is the animal the right sex, species, and size/age?   
  • Understand all the regulations for the area you are in.   
  • Evaluate the space in front of the target and behind the target.  
  • Where will the bullet end up?  Some bullets have a dangerous range of over 4km, and you are responsible for the bullet from the time you pull the trigger until it comes to a stop.  

Why you should always ACTS and PROVE: 

Remember to use the ACTS and PROVE acronyms learned from the Canadian Firearms Safety Course whenever you handle your firearm. Dust off your course textbook and do a little review. If you aren’t sure where your textbook is, a copy is available online here

ACTS 

  • Assume every firearm is loaded.  
  • Always control the muzzle direction.  
  • Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.  
  • See that the firearm is unloaded by proving it safe. 

PROVE it safe: 

  • Point the firearm in the safest available direction. 
  • Remove all ammunition. 
  • Observe the chamber(s). 
  • Verify the feeding path. 
  • Examine the bore for obstructions (visually or with a rod) 

Stay current on firearm safety courses 

DF Safety offers restricted and non-restricted firearm safety courses. These courses are geared for anybody interested in owning and/or using firearms and include both in-class and hands-on components. 

Those who successfully complete these courses will be able to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence. 

All firearms used in the course have been deactivated by a gunsmith and all ammunition used for instructional purposes is dummy ammunition. For more information, please view our upcoming firearm safety courses in Edmonton, Alberta.  

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.