Being a gunsmith can be risky particularly in handling guns and bullets; thus it’s, important to know and practice some precautionary measures that will keep you safe. Obviously, the risk is apparent when a gunsmith is repairing a gun. The main consideration in this situation is to ensure safety. No one knows when accidents may happen. In fact, there are incidents in which a person dies due to gunshot without the knowledge that there’s still a bullet within. Therefore, it makes sense to apply safety precautions in every situation including the following:
- Check if the firearm is loaded. The first thing that a gunsmith should do when repairing any kind of firearm is to check if the firearm is loaded. Never rely if the client tells that it is unloaded.
- Keep the firearm facing the safe direction. Even if the gun is unloaded, always point it to a safe direction when cleaning or repairing it.
- Understand the operation of the firearm. In spite of the knowledge of a gunsmith about handling a gun, it’s important to understand first its operation prior to handling the gun. It’s essential to familiarize the mechanical features.
- Do the repair or cleaning of firearms in a well-ventilated area. Never handle or clean ammunition in poorly ventilated areas as it may expose you to other substances like lead that may result to serious physical injury.
- Aside from ensuring your safety and security, the same thing must be applied to any firearms. It should be stored in a secure and separate place that is not accessible to unauthorized person and children.
It’s very challenging being a gunsmith even if you have the knowledge and skills in handling a firearm properly. Personal safety and security should be your priority in carrying out the job of a gunsmith. Additionally, it’s essential to update your knowledge so that you’ll know the changes or upgrades brought by the technology in manufacturing firearms.