Thomas at the Range

Thomas the turkeyThomas, aka, Tom is the resident mascot at the ranch and key socialite.  He always enjoys keeping company with family and friends. Thomas enjoys the sound of gun fire and is always close by when the shotguns, rifles or pistols come out.  Today he & the kids learned an important rule of safety at the range.

Be aware of your surroundings. When you are handling a firearm, always be aware what is in front of your gun.  When you are at a shooting range, always stand clear of the firing line.

Thomas needed to be aware that the kids were shooting and stay behind the firing line.  The kids needed to be aware that the range wasn’t clear.

An excited Thomas dancing in front of the firing line. Clearly breaking the safety rules.

A shooter must make sure the range is clear before even lifting the firearm to shoot at their target.  Thomas and The Little Gal learned that it is not safe for Thomas to stand in front of the shooting bench.

The Little Gal waiting for Thomas to clear the range.

The rules were explained to Thomas and the kids.  Always stand clear of the firing line.  Thomas stepped behind the fence and quietly watched his friends as they practiced good, safe shots.

Thomas standing safely behind the firing line.

Firearm safety rules (according to NRA gun safety rules):

  • Always point the gun in a safe direction
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
  • Always keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to use it
  • Always know your target and what is in front of or beyond
  • Always learn how to use the fire arm safely
  • Always know your fire arm is safe to use (undamaged, clean & operable)
  • Always use the correct ammunition for your firearm
  • Always wear eye and ear protection

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5 thoughts on “Thomas at the Range

  1. Very good, great for the kids and Thomas.
    No I haven’t signed up yet, how do I do it???
    Didn’t know anything about it.

  2. All these rules are what i need to make my shooting experience better! Thank you for the great tips and i will use these where ever i am shooting!

    *~*LITTLE GAL*~*

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