Whether it’s a concealed thigh holster or a safe in the basement, learning how to safely handle and store firearms properly is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to guns. When safety becomes second nature, it can significantly reduce the amount of stress and anxiety you may initially face when being around guns.
This is the #1 rule in firearm safety, and for a good reason. If you always follow this rule, you will always be aware of where your gun is pointing at any time. For storage, this ultimately means that you should never store a gun in a safe or case while it is loaded. Keep this rule in mind on top of any other rules that you may come across to benefit yourself and others.
When it comes to concealed carry, this ultimately means that you are storing a loaded firearm on your person throughout the day. The same can be said for storing a gun in your car or nightstand, which you will likely have loaded as well to be ready at a moment’s notice. You’ll want to make sure that the holster you are using does not interfere with the gun’s safety mechanism and always check your gun throughout the day to make sure that everything is in order.
Whether it’s after a day out at the practice range or it’s been a while since the last cleaning, you’ll want to make sure that you clean your gun regularly to avoid any rust or dirt build-up that can occur with frequent use. An unclean gun increases the risk that it will malfunction when you need it most, especially if it has been sitting unused in a safe.
In conclusion, remember if you treat your gun in the best way possible safety will eventually become second nature.