Civilian firearms are gaining popularity today, thanks to the rapidly developing shooting sport in the face of practical shooting, as well as the growing number of information channels telling about this sport, about the safe handling of weapons, the need to think about self-defense, the future and armed citizens. This includes TV themed programs about weapons, and websites with weapons-related topics, and video bloggers owning weapons.
All of them form a positive understanding of civilian weapons among the population, giving each of us the opportunity to reflect on the issue, visit the shooting range, and take a training course with instructors, thereby raising the level of the so-called “weapon culture”. As a result, someone goes and buys a gun, shotgun or rifle. From this moment on he is an armed citizen.
However, to have a weapon, that is, to keep it at home, on a shooting range or in the shooting range, to carry or carry with you – in any case, it means to be aware of a high degree of responsibility, since strangers may suffer as a result of neglect fall under criminal punishment. And for us it is important to convey exactly this idea and to show that responsibility is primarily important, and not how many people will acquire weapons. Therefore, we present a few rules, one might say – the commandments that an armed citizen must strictly observe.
1. I am not a superman, I am just the owner of weapons
You are not tall, can not boast the ability to bend horseshoes and stand up for yourself? With a firearm in hand, you are exactly the same as without. An ancient Japanese proverb says …
“A samurai without a sword is like a samurai with a sword, but without a sword!”
The point is that weapons will not make you higher, stronger, more experienced. Weapons will give you the last chance to survive, if nothing else has helped, in the case of a critical extreme situation, when you have to protect your life or the lives of loved ones. Do not rely on the feeling of confidence that the presence of weapons gives.
2. I take out weapons only when I am ready to shoot
Never reach for a gun, a shotgun, rifle, or other weapon that you own to brag about, force or threaten someone, even (and even more so) to de-escalate the conflict. A firearm is, as mentioned above, your last chance and the line of your defense, and nothing more.
However, if there is an intruder in front of you, and you have a weapon in your hands, shoot. Do not try to shoot at the limbs, do not try to hurt – if at a critical moment to think about criminal responsibility, you can simply not survive this moment. As Americans like to say …
“Let the twelve be judged better than the six are borne.”
3. I am extremely focused when the weapon with me
When your the weapon is on you or next to you – take the concept of an armed citizen with seriousness. When transporting long-barreled weapons – it is in a secure case, discharged – that is, the chamber is empty, the box stores are separate, the tubular magazine is preferably empty, but it is possible and necessary to provide for the possibility of its quick charging.
If you carry a pistol – a weapon in a holster, the trigger is closed, the chamber is empty, the weapon is hidden under clothing. If it seems that putting on a holster every time you need to go and just take out the garbage is a chore, and there is a desire to just put the gun in your belt, you better give up the weapon at all. Remember – the owner of the weapon always remembers the responsibility.
4. I always follow safety rules.
There are three postulates safety when handling weapons:
- always treat any weapon as charged;
- direct the weapon only towards the target;
- touch the trigger just before the shot.
It was the observance of these rules in IPSC – Practical Shooting that led to the fact that for all the time the existence of this discipline, and this is a little more than 35 years, not a single gunshot wound was registered.
In addition to these three, there are several important points. First, you should always look around and evaluate what is in front of your target and behind it, whether it is a sports shooting exercise or a situation of self-defense – in one of the cases you would not want to harm casual passersby. Secondly, the weapon should be stored in such a way as to completely exclude access to anyone other than the owner of the weapon.
However, for some reason, among certain categories of armed citizens (for example, hunters), some rules are often omitted, which leads to sad consequences.
5. I train and improve weapon skills
Above, we talked about wearing a pistol without a cartridge in the chamber. Someone considers this method ineffective for self-defense – supposedly “precious time is spent on a platoon”. Our opinion – exercise! Athletes-pistol pistols of an average competitive level for removing a weapon from a holster, a platoon and the first shot take exactly the same time as extracting and firing when the cartridge is already in the chamber! And this is some 1.5 seconds!
It is clear that if you have acquired a traumatic or combat pistol for self-defense, the factor of surprise of an attack, stress, clothing, from which you must somehow quickly and deftly reach for a pistol, is superimposed on sports indicators. Therefore – even more practice, in the dash, at the shooting range or at home, with a discharged weapon, turning meaningful manipulations with weapons into instinctive ones. The same goes for eliminating delays, and even disassembling weapons for cleaning.
So summarize. The weapon does not improve your social position and will not make you superman, but it gives an additional trump card when it really “burns”. Weapons should not be threatened or taken from the desire to increase self-esteem. If you got it – shoot to kill. Use a reliable holster, a good comfortable case, case and other means for carrying and transporting. Always observe safety precautions, even when removing weapons from the safe to clean. Know your weapon, its features, pros and cons, train yourself to use it all.
You are the owner of a weapon, you are an armed citizen! Keep safety and responsibility in mind, so it’s best to avoid problems. But be ready for them. As one proverb says …
“It’s better to carry a weapon with you all your life – and never use it, than face a real need for a weapon – and not have it at hand.”