Ready, Aim, Fire!

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  • By Airman 1st Class Leah Ferrante
  • 49th Wing Public Affairs Office
With summer just around the corner it's time to start thinking about activities to enjoy in the sun. However, let's not forget the most important part of having fun: Safety.

Firing weapons is a popular activity for Team Holloman members but we have to remember to proceed with caution.

"In the past several years at Holloman I have had a number of gun mishaps and injuries," said Dan Salinas 49th Wing Ground Safety. "The biggest thing people forget is that even an unloaded gun isn't safe."

When handling a weapon it's best if you have proper knowledge of the gun you're handling and the safety procedures to remember.

"Just remember a few important steps to being ready to shoot: Know your target and what is beyond. Know how to use the gun safely. Be sure the gun is safe to operate. Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Never use alcohol or over-the-counter prescriptions or other drugs before or while shooting. Store guns so they aren't accessible to unauthorized persons. Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions, and proper cleaning." said Salinas.

Local ranges in the Alamogordo area offer gun safety courses that teach proper weapon handling, safe shooting techniques, correct ammunition usage and weapon cleaning.

"Carelessness and lack of knowledge are the biggest issues with guns,said Salinas. "People get comfortable with the weapon instead of respecting it."

Along with gun safety, it is also important to remember to protect your body as well. Always wear the proper protective equipment when firing your weapon.

For more information about gun safety and New Mexico gun laws contact the 49th Security Forces Squadron at 575-572-7171.