Clifford W. Saylor Firearms Instructor
Part1: Why a Gun?
Hey everybody! Welcome to Sun Country Shooters Corner. Over the next few months I will be sharing some basic information regarding firearms. We’ll be talking about firearm selection (primarily handguns), storage and maintenance, shooting fundamentals, and the use of a firearm for personal protection. Firearm safety will be a common theme throughout all of the articles as it is at the heart and soul of any firearm use. My personal definition of a successful firearm outing is to come home whole, with no extra holes!
It’s not unusual to be asked the question, “Why do you carry a gun?” The usual reply is, “Because a Cop is too heavy!” I’m also frequently asked what firearm I prefer. That question requires me to specify what I’m going to ask the gun to do. Is this a gun to practice with at the range? Is this the firearm I’ll be using on an upcoming hunt? Is this a firearm that I am going to bet my life and the lives of my family on? All of these are common uses of a firearmIn my mind there are four primary answers to the question as to why I carry a gun. Recreation is right at the top of the list. Shooting is fun, a confidence builder, and it is a great family activity. Mom, Dad, and all the kids can be involved in this one.
Next is hunting. Yes, I do kill animals. Yes, I do eat animals. You will also find that my freezer is full of a variety of “organically” grown meat from a variety of animals. And, all of it is very healthy for you as it is low in fat and high in protein.
Personal protection is a historical, fundamental use of a firearm. When seconds count, you and your gun may be the only thing standing between you, your family, and somebody that intends to cause you harm. There’s an old saying, “God created man, Sam Colt made them equal!” I don’t care who you are, when you have a firearm and know how to use it, that evens up a fight.
Fourth is competition. A lot of shooters spend a lot of time at the range “burning up ammo” practicing and competing in a variety of competitive firearm events. From simple games of “shoot the shot” to Olympic events, shooting brings out the competitor in most of us.
OK, now I have to admit, I fibbed a little about there being four answers to the question, there is a fift h – all of the above! Yes, shooting has been likened to an addiction, but it is a healthy addiction!
To end this month I want to highlight firearm safety by presenting four basic rules of firearm safety. There is an acronym, TAB +1 that I want you to remember. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Be sure of your target and beyond. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot!
Have fun, be safe, and I’ll see you next time at the Corner.