Andy Torato | July 9, 2018
The A-Shooters Club is a duly recognized employee organization formed under the AEV A-Clubs program. Aside from their passion in the marvels and art of firearms, responsible gun ownership is one of the advocacies of the club, a mission they target through knowledge sharing with other people.
On June 23, 2018, the A-Shooters held their first range firing training at the Philippine Army Firing Range. Before the activity, a briefing was conducted by Joel Andres of EXPRO, reminding them of the four cardinal rules for gun safety:
- Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
- Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire. Do not depend on any mechanical device for safety.
- Always be sure of your target — what is behind and in front of it.
It was an action-packed day of learning on topics such as the basic parts of a gun, gun handling and operation, as well as corrective practices during malfunction. And as safety is always the priority, special range rules for safe practical shooting were observed:
- Never allow your muzzle to point uprange; keep it pointed downrange or in a designated safe direction whenever your weapon is uncased or unholstered.
- All pistols are to remain holstered, unloaded with the magazine removed, and with the hammer down on an empty chamber at all times, unless specifically directed by a range official or at a designated safe handling area provided for that purpose.
- Never handle ammunition in the safe handling area! The safe handling area is for uncasing, holstering, dry firing, and maintenance of completely unloaded firearms only.
- Never leave the firing line without unloading and showing clear to your designated range officer or instructor.
- Never allow your firearm’s muzzle to point towards any part of your body.
- Always make sure the action/slide is open and the magazine is removed. Physically and visually check the magazine well and chamber to verify the weapon is unloaded before handing it to, or receiving it from, another person.
- Always wear effective eye and hearing protection at all times on the range.
- Never handle firearms when under the influence of alcohol.
- Always keep your trigger finger straight alongside the frame and completely out of the trigger guard at all times when handling any firearm unless you have decided to fire and are actively engaging a target. Remember: “On target, on trigger. Off target, off trigger.”
- Always holster a safe weapon! Make sure your handgun is safe by decocking the hammer or applying the safety as required before holstering.
- Never leave the range with a holstered weapon. Case and secure your weapon at the safe handling area before leaving the range for any reason.
- Handling any firearm must always be performed carefully with a serious mind and a full grasp of the potential consequences. Never participate in or tolerate horseplay, carelessness or needless gun handling when firearms are present.
- You are the only person responsible for your safety and the safety of others whenever you choose to handle any firearm.
The highlight of the day was, naturally, the actual firing exercise.
Overall, the members had a fruitful and fun time at the firing range. It was not something often experienced, but after this activity, we can assure that everyone enjoyed and learned a lot.
Watch out for our activities and programs! If you are interested to join the club or some target session practices, you may contact Andy Torrato.