Gun Safety 101: Rules for Safe Gun Handling


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The Top Gun Safety Rules

One of the benefits of choosing a virtual shooting range over a traditional live-fire range is safety. There is comfort in knowing there is no live ammunition on-site and that you don’t have to worry about irresponsible gun handling.

But, one of the most important things that we teach at Engage Virtual Range is how to safely handle a gun. We treat all of our sim guns as if they are real and we never allow any live-fire weapons or ammo on the premises. It is our goal to create a safe, judgmental-free environment where shooters of all skill levels can learn the proper techniques of handling a gun, shooting a gun, and experiencing recoil, all while building confidence and skills.

5 Essential Gun Safety Rules

In order to provide a realistic, safe and educational experience, we take safety very seriously at EVR. If you are new to handling a gun or just need a refresher, use the tips below to ensure you are following the most relevant safety protocols.

  1. Treat Every Gun as if it is Loaded
    Our sim guns are designed to look and feel like traditional live-fire guns. That means all safety measures should be followed at all times. Always treat a gun as if it is loaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.
  2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
    When you are focused on a target, you should still have some understanding of where other people are in the room, what is surrounding your target and where you are aiming. Live-fire ammunition travels farther than you think, so you need to be confident that you know exactly where you bullet will land and what is in the surrounding area.
  3. Learn the Mechanics and Characteristics of a Gun
    Before you shoot a gun for the first time, you should be fully aware of its unique properties and how to handle it. All guns are different. Educate yourself on how to load and unload a gun, how to lock it, how to carry it, and what you can expect in terms of kickback.
  4. Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger
    While it’s tempting, especially at EVR, to keep your finger on the trigger, it is not a safe gun habit. Keep your fingers away from the trigger to prevent accidental discharges and to eliminate any potential errors.
  5. Never Leave a Firearm Unattended
    If you are responsible for a firearm, never leave it out of your sight. No matter what the circumstances are, ensure a live-fire gun is always locked, unloaded and in a safe place before walking away. At EVR, be sure to hand the gun over to one of our employees or someone else within your party.

While not all gun safety rules apply to the sim guns at EVR, we fully expect our visitors take great measures to practice safe gun handling and to treat all of our sim guns as if they are live-fire. It is our ultimate goal to instill our visitors with the safe and proper handling techniques so that each person walks way with the confidence, skills and safe habits necessary to handle a live-fire gun in the future.