The four rules of gun handling I learnt at Bucharest Shooting Club


Beeing a complete and utter noob when it comes to weapons, I must admit that I was really anxious when I visited Bucharest Shooting Club last week. I have always wanted to fire a weapon and while I was visiting Romania I really wanted to try it out so I went out and booked a few hours at the range just outside Romania’s capital city, Bucharest.

I was really surprised to see just how professional this range really was. Even though it was located aproximately 25km away from the city, they had a really nice transport shuttle that you could take from the city’s centre. Once I got there, the trainers were really pleasant and polite and they had mad English skills.

Before they could give me a massive handgun to fire away as I pleased at a few puny cardboard targets, I had to go through the basics of handling such a weapon. This is where I learn four rules that everyone that holds a gun should respect.

The first rule, think of the gun that you are holding as being loaded. If you first pick up a gun that you did not handle before hand, treat it like it has a live round down the chamber. Pick it up, keep your finger away from the hammer and from the trigger and check to see if there is any ammo inside it. Take out the magazine, check the chamber and remove any ammo from inside the gun until you are completely ready to fire it.

The second rule, never point the gun at anything that you are not willing to destroy. Even if the gun is empty, this does not mean you can wave it around carelessly.

The third rule, always be sure of your target and it’s surroundings. Even if you think that if you are an ace at Call of Duty, it does not mean you will be able to hit your target from the get-go. Be sure that the area behind and near your intented target is clear and safe before you fire, you never know what you may hit, even if you are a real sharp-shooter.

And the fourth and final rule, is about keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. You may have the target in your sights, you may have a bullet in the chamber and the safety is off, but your mind is not yet ready to pull the trigger, then keep your finger off it to avoid any possible accident, or bad outcome.

If you are a foreigner like me and want to have a real good time in Bucharest and also have the time of your life, then I would truly recommend

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