Cocked and Loaded Firearm Tips for the Discerning Female Gun Owner
by Jenn Grimm
In the battle of the sexes, one place men have always assumed a role of dominance is in weaponry, but it’s the 21st Century now and we women are just as capable and involved in the wonderful world of firearms as men are. In the spirit of wanting to keep our female readership by keeping them informed and safe, here are a few gun safety tips.
Always keep guns out of the sight of children.
Guns are not toys, they are objects meant to be used by consenting adults for pleasure, but always in a safe manner. Your children should not see you walking around the house with your guns flashing in the wind. They are meant for use behind closed doors when children aren’t around. If your daughter gets an interest in guns at a young age, don’t get angry, provide her with knowledge on proper use and technique, so that one day she can go out and be a proper gun user.
A happy gun is a clean gun.
Female gun owners should always remember to keep their guns and their man’s guns clean, especially after prolonged use and firing. Let’s be honest ladies, you wouldn’t want to use a gun that had all kinds of moisture, dirt and solidified grease built up on it because it wasn’t kept clean, it’s dangerous not only for you, but anyone you’re involved with at the moment. The best way to clean a gun is to apply a few drops of specialized lubricant in order to provide an extra bit of protection to the gun itself. If you’re going to get any fun from using it, it has to stay in good shape. No women wants an impotent gun that can’t even muster up blanks. At least blanks provide a bang when you need it.
Always, always make sure that you only clean the gun AFTER it’s been unloaded.
I was cleaning my boyfriend’s gun, but I didn’t check to see if he had unloaded the chamber before he brought it out. Ladies, I can tell you from experience the last thing you want is for a gun to prematurely go off in your face because you didn’t check to see if it was loaded before you started cleaning.
Handling your firearm is not child’s play.
Always point your gun in a safe direction away from your face and body when operating it. Taking a shot in the eye is not my idea of a Friday night on the town. On a related note, do not under any circumstances put a loaded gun in your mouth unless you are absolutely prepared for it go off unexpectedly when you and the gun least expect it. Getting a load in the mouth will come as quite a surprise if you don’t expect it and I can’t imagine many women will be too happy about that. This goes out to all the guys reading this with their girls too.
The bigger the better.
Now I can’t claim I haven’t had really fun experiences with smaller calibre guns before, like that summer I used a local’s vintage Chinese Type 54 while vacationing. They get the job done. But they just don’t provide the feeling of holding a massive black M4 or C7 in my hands as it unloads its clip. It is just this huge rush that comes over my whole body…
It’s always more fun in groups.
You can swap guns with friends who are into it, add a bit of variety to things. Joining a gun club will provide opportunities to meet so many more people that you can shoot with, swap and trade guns and gun stories with that you’ll never get bored with all the guns going off around you. Just make sure that you handle others guns with care and that they’re clean. Don’t want to catch some flack from someone else’s dirty weapon