Pre-Shoot Protocols: How to Ensure Your Ammunition is Safer

Pre-Shoot Protocols: How to Ensure Your Ammunition is Safer

The term armed and dangerous connotes carrying a loaded firearm and the threat it poses to any targets. What you want to avoid is introducing the danger element to the handling of ammunition prior to its union with a firearm. Remember, firearms and ammo mix as long as they are perfectly matched and well taken care of prior to the “wedding.” Otherwise, a nasty split is likely. 

With the ingredients making up ammo camouflaged by a shiny metal casing, one might overlook their explosive nature. They include a percussion-sensitive primer and a smokeless propellant. Subsequently, given the volatility of ammunition, handling, transport, and storage are crucial.

Speaking of storage, it’s recommended to keep ammo in the manufacturer’s packaging. The labeling and identification ensures the ammo will be used with the proper firearm. Ammunition shouldn’t be stored anywhere where the temperatures exceed 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, ammo shouldn’t be exposed to water or other liquids that could cause misfires or squib shots, the latter potentially resulting in a bullet lodging in the barrel. If the ammo is stored in a basement or warehouse, it should be placed on an elevated shelf or platform to prevent exposure to moisture.

If ammunition is exposed to water or fire, it can be dangerous if fired and should be returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal; most will accept damaged ammo. It’s also important to use the correct ammo for your firearm, which generally has the caliber stamped or engraved on the barrel. They should have matching calibers. Using the wrong ammunition can result in damaging the firearm and serious injury. 

If a misfire does occur, take the following steps: keep your face away from the breech; carefully open the action; unload the firearm; dispose of ammunition.

Ammunition and firearms should be kept separate until they’re ready to get down to business. They should also be kept under lock and key in homes with children and preferably out of sight, as youngsters are naturally curious.

Eyes and ears are integral in firearm use and life in general. To protect the former, wear safety glasses when shooting a firearm. They offer protection from twigs, falling shot and firearm malfunction. Likewise, sound cushioning ear protection is also recommended to prevent hearing loss from the loud noise created by discharging a firearm.

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