What not to do with firearms
A firearm is a tool – no more and no less. And a tool in the proper hands is a marvelous thing. As we will see in the following videos, the converse can be equally true. A tool in the wrong hands can be a scary thing, indeed.
Shoot a Big Gun with Improper Form
This video is more of a compilation of idiot behavior than a damning display of one mistake. However, through the various clips you'll surely notice one common theme run rampant: firing from a bad position. As any experienced shooter knows, your weight is the main thing buffering the recoil of a discharged weapon.
No matter how big the caliber, almost any gun can be discharged safely and effectively. As long as the shooter maintains a good center of gravity, the recoil can be correctly absorbed and that energy transferred without losing control of the gun.
Get Your Face Right Up on the Gun
A bad way to get a good scar is by not maintaining proper grip on a firearm and putting your face right up behind it. That backward momentum from the recoil will surely give you something to remember! This video illustrates some of the finer points of what happens when a person doesn't maintain proper control over their firearm. Now, while these examples result in mostly harmless humor – the danger is very real. Especially take a close look at 0:29 of this clip for an excellent example of this. While with heavier calibers and smaller gauges this can be extremely harmful, any firearm discharged without a firm, proper grip can result in potential injury.
Spice Things Up With New, Fancy Gunplay
Things getting a little boring at the range? Do you feel like your shooting experience needs some sort of incredible boost? Try out some crazy fast draws and gun play.
Techniques such as one-handed 12-gauge shots and fast draws are best left in the hands of stuntmen and action stars. The fact of the matter is – most of these techniques are highly impractical and serve absolutely no purpose in self-defense. How many times do you estimate, over the course of your lifetime, you will ever engage an aggressor with a shotgun in one hand?
As advanced shooters, those specialized techniques are developed in earnest through gradual, slow, and safe steps. People who learn to fast draw and shoot accurately with one hand probably didn't start off doing either very well. They focused on just simply drawing a pistol. And then shooting accurately with it. If, in a culminating feat, they're able to demonstrate that technique with any degree of proficiency – it's likely due to careful and diligent practice.
“Safety?! We Don't Need No Stinkin' Safety!”
For this previous video clip, we see an attractive woman discharging what looks like to be an AK-variant at 1:13. What happens afterwards would cause any responsible firearm owner to cringe.
As much as that serves as a “slap in the forehead” moment for those who've been around guns most of their lives, it's a common misconception that weapons aren't a danger until you want them to be.
Modern firearms, while equipped with great fail safes to prevent accidental discharges, are still prone to the greatest risk – human error.
In this video, we get to see what happens first hand when a gun owner wants to test the limits of what he believes to be appropriate gun safety. Throughout this entire video, red flags are popping up left and right as the three basic tenets of gun safety are blatantly disregarded.
1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to fire.
3. Don't point your weapon at anything you don't intend to shoot.
Pretty simple, right? Yet hopefully over the course of these clips, you've gotten a chance to enjoy in a good chuckle as we explore the weakest link for the modern firearm – the operator.
Accidents can and will happen. Experienced shooters still run into incidents of rifles reaching back and biting them or a round discharging incorrectly. The difference between these incidents resulting in harm and simply being a cause for comedy is continually stressing the right technique and the correct posture.
About The Author
James England is a former United States Marine Signals Intelligence Operator and defense contractor with over two tours spread over the Al Anbar province and two more operating across Helmand and Baghdis. He is presently a writer focused on Western foreign policy and maintains an avid interest in firearms. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he presently resides in New Hampshire – the “Live Free or Die” state. He is finishing up his first novel, “American Hubris”, which is set to hit shelves in Fall of 2015.