Here at the Los Santos Police Department, we want you to be able to use a firearm as you please if it is for Sports, Hunting, or self-defense. This guide will ensure that you understand the basics for firearm usage and the basics of firearm safety. This guide will focus on Pistols, with a brief mentioning of shotguns and rifles.
[SEPERATION FOR FIREARM BASIC] Important Gun Saftey Rules
Before we talk about anything else these are the most important things to remember at all times. Very simple but important rules.
Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
Only point a firearm at something you are going to destroy(shoot).
Only put your finger on the trigger / inside the trigger guard when you are safely ready to fire.
It is your responsibility that firearms are safe, secure, and locked away from people or children who shouldn’t get to them.
A gun is just a hunk of metal and plastic. Modern, quality firearms do not just fire on their own, even if dropped or bumped. Human error is the cause of 99.99% of gun accidents. The core rules are basically abstinence for guns. if you don’t point loaded weapons at things you shouldn’t destroy, then you can avoid almost all the problems, to begin with.
Basic Firearm Lingo
A firearm can have a lot of pieces and names, but for now, we will focus on basic names and parts.
Barrel: The long tube the bullets fly down. The longer the barrel, the more stable (and usually faster) the bullet will be when it comes out.
Magazine: The Detachable Container that holds the ammunition.
Grip or Pistol-Grip: The part of a pistol you hold in your primary hand’s palm.
Safety: A mechanical lever that blocks the gun from firing.
Types of Guns
Pistols or handguns: They are small and can be held in one hand. Good for targets 1-10 meters away.
[Unavailable to the Public] Shotguns: They have long barrels and require two hands. Good for targets 1-75 meters away.
[Unavailable to the Public] Rifles: These are large, long barreled guns that take a lot of different shapes. They are held up against a shoulder and fired with both hands. Good for targets 100-500 or more meters away.
Pistols are used when people want something small and light. Which is why police officers carry them on their hip at all times or people carry pistols tucked inside their pant waist.
There is a tradeoff though. In order to be small and light, their barrels must be shorter and the bullets must be less powerful. This means that pistols are effective at very close range, but they are not good for shooting longer distances.
Safe Gun Handling Tips
Always keep the muzzle pointed in the safe direction.
This is the most basic safety rule. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.
A safe direction means a direction in which a bullet cannot possibly strike anyone, taking into account possible ricochets and the fact that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings. The safe direction may be “up” on some occasions or “down” on others, but never at anyone or anything not intended as a target. Even when “dry firing”, the practice of shooting a firearm without any ammunition in the chamber, with an unloaded gun, you should never point the gun at an unsafe target.
Make it a habit to know exactly where the muzzle of your gun is pointing at all times, and be sure that you are in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing, even if you fall or stumble. This is your responsibility, and only you can control it.
Firearm should be unloaded when not actually in use.
Don't rely on your guns "Saftey"
Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.
if your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care!
Wear Eye and Ear Protection during shooting.
Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
Don't alter or modify your gun, and have your guns serviced regularly
Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of your firearm.