A Member of the NRA Should Be Able to Get 27/35 on This Firearms Safety Quiz. Can You?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz
Since the earliest days of firearms, humans have realized just how dangerous these tools can be. With just an infraction of gun safety rules, shooters and bystanders alike may wind up permanently injured or even killed. The National Rifle Association, along with many other hunting and shooting organizations, is keen to stop those kinds of accidents before they happen. With just a few basic rules, most tragedies can be avoided. Do you know the vital fundamentals of firearms safety?
In 2016, nearly 500 people in the United States were killed in accidental shootings. Each of those inadvertent deaths was preventable. Do you understand how?
For example, one common maxim in gun safety is “trigger discipline.” In short, it means that all gun handlers should be aware of where their fingers are in relation to the weapon’s trigger. Furthermore, that mental discipline should account for potential accidents, like tripping over a rock or bumping into a person at the shooting range. This kind of vigilance isn’t optional – it’s a critical basic tenet of firearm usage.
Draw a bead on this challenging gun safety quiz! Let’s find out if you’re an NRA-level safety expert or whether you need to attend a basic firearms safety course at your local community college.
You should NEVER point a firearm at what?
Anything you don't mean to destroy
Firearms send projectiles flying at high speed. Always remember that you shouldn't point the gun at anything that you don't intend to destroy.
Before you pull the trigger, you should carefully evaluate which aspect of your target?
What is behind it.
It is, of course, extremely important to evaluate your target before you fire. But you should always look far beyond the target, too -- that way, if you miss you won't accidentally strike an object or person you didn't notice.
If you must leave a gun unattended, what should you do?
Tie it to the truck's steering column.
There are many situations where you might need to quickly leave a gun unattended for a few minutes. Just be sure to unload it before you go … and do your best to prevent unauthorized people from touching the firearm in the meantime.
If you aren't sure which catridge a gun uses, where might you find that vital information?
Stamped on the barrel
Many manufacturers stamp the caliber or gauge of the gun right on the barrel. It may be hard to spot at first, but with a bit of looking you might that this important bit of information is literally right under your fingertips.
If you need a specific gun manual and can't find one online, what should you do?
Contact the manufacturer.
Gun manuals aren't always easy to find online. If you need one in order to better understand your gun, contact the manufacturer -- in one way or another, they'll help you find the information you need.
Ask a friend for their input on the gun's functions.
If you see someone violating basic gun safety rules, what should you do?
Leave the scene right away.
Countless people are ignorant of gun safety rules or simply choose not to follow them. Don't let yourself become a sad statistic. Leave the area immediately and encourage your loved ones to do the same.
When does hearing loss from gunfire often take hold?
The following day
Gunfire doesn't cause hearing loss.
Not until years later
Noise-induced hearing loss happens to many shooters who forego ear protection. And in a lot of situations, that damage isn't apparent until years later … and modern medicine does not have many solutions to this problem.