from Off Grid Survival:
As firearms owners, we bear a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously; it’s literally a matter of life and death. Since every gun is different, before handling any firearm you need to thoroughly familiarize yourself with that weapon. Even if you consider yourself an expert, before handling a new firearm, you need to understand the particular characteristics of that gun.
All too often, I see gun owners who let their ego get in the way of good common sense safety practices. These are guys who have been shooting for years, but are too proud – or too stupid – to ask for help. For instance, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone at the range take an unfamiliar firearm from a friend, without ever asking a single question about that firearm.
NEVER ASSUME YOU KNOW THE WEAPON!
In the situation I mentioned above, there should have been a number of things that happened before ever touching that firearm.
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