Basics

Links

Resources for Guns, Firearms, Weapons

There is so much to learn about guns and firearms that it may seem impossible to figure it all out. Owning and operating a firearm is a great responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Start slow, educate yourself and learn as you go. The best way to get started in firearm ownership is to take a firearms course. This will teach you how to properly handle, store, fire and clean your weapon. All of these things are necessities. As the owner of a firearm, you are carrying a great responsibility and it should not be taken lightly.

Deciding what type of gun to purchase will depend on several factors. First, you need to think about what you can comfortably hold. A gun that is too heavy will make shooting and handling awkward and difficult. Accuracy would be next to impossible. What will you be doing with the firearm? Do you want to hunt, participate in shooting sports, or do you want a gun for protection? The answer to the above questions will help you determine if you want to purchase a handgun (pistol), a shotgun or a rifle.

Once you have taken your course and purchased your weapon, it is time to begin practicing. Shooting ranges offer a safe environment to begin learning to shoot. You should have an experienced firearms owner accompany you until you begin to feel comfortable with your weapon. Shooting is not as simple as holding the gun and pulling the trigger. You will need to know how to aim your gun, where your safety is located, how to reload and any other steps that need to be taken in preparation of firing. You should also be prepared for any recoil—or kickback—that your gun puts off. Some guns have quite a kick that you really need to brace yourself for, while others barely put off a bump. You should always be aware where your gun is pointed, where your face is in relation to the stock and in the case of some handguns, where the thumb or your supporting hand is placed. A handgun with a top slide can easily break a thumb. Cleaning your gun is also very important. Always check to make sure your firearm is unloaded before proceeding with a cleaning.

When it comes to legalities, you must be familiar with your constitutional rights and laws within your state and county. When you are in possession of a weapon, you are held responsible for it. You need to familiarize yourself with any permits or licenses that you may be required to carry in your area. Crossing state lines with a weapon is another story. There are certain restrictions that must be adhered to. Another thing to consider is the storage of your firearm; a locked gun safe is a good way to go. You may want to think about adding trigger locks to your guns as well.


Which of the following is NOT one of the "Three Ws" that should be included in every hunting plan?

What firearm you are hunting with.
Who you are with.
When you are returning.
Where you are going.


   

What technique can be described as "slow, patient movement of the hunter into shooting position after game has been located"?

Stand Hunting
Stalking
Driving
Still Hunting


   

Which species is there federal hunting laws for?

Wood Duck
Ring-knecked pheasant
Snowshoe hare
White-tailed Deer


   

Which field carry provides the most firearm control?

Two-handed
Cradle
Trail
Sling


   

Which choice is NOT recommended when approaching downed wildlife?

Approach quietly from behind.
Poke animal gently with a stick.
Touch the eye gently, if there's no reaction, animal is usually dead.
Shoot it again before approaching to make sure it is dead.


   

What is the technique known as "driving"?

One hunter sitting in a blind waiting for game to come along.
One hunter moving slowly and patiently into shooting position after game has been located.
One or more pushers walk through an area trying to move game ahead of them into areas wehre blockers are waiting.
One hunter driving a vehicle and a second hunter in the back set shooting through the open window.


   

Scouting an area you want to hunt should include:

Walk around the area on opening day with your firearm or bow.
Walk around the area looking for animal movements and signs.
Look at maps and aerial photos of the area.
Answers B and C.


   

Which of the following is NOT a reason why you should develop a hunting plan for every hunt?

So friends and family know how to contact you in case of emergency.
So you can use your hunting plan to start a fire if you get lost.
So fellow hunters know where you are located.
So friends and family know where you can be found in case of a hunting accident.


   

Which of these items should be on every checklist included in your hunting plan?

Hunting license
Decoys
Arrows
Treestand


   

Which of these does NOT violate a hunting safety rule?

Carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Keeping your finger on the trigger while stalking game.
Two hunters shooting at the same game.
Identifying what lies beyond an identified target.