An important aspect of gun safety is also wearing the necessary or appropriate protection wear while engaged in shooting a firearm. Aside from following and observing gun safety rules and regulations, wearing the appropriate gun protection gear is also important. Gun protection gear may depend on what kind of firearm gear is taking place.
In the case of an instruction or safety class, there are some basic gun protection gear that will be provided. The most common will include eye protection and ear protection. Shooting glasses are designed to protect the eyes against particles from discharged cartridges or shells, discharged powder, or brass particles that may be discharged when firing a weapon. Shooting glasses come in a variety of styles and are relatively inexpensive.
They are important not only because they protect the users eyes, but also because if a particle happens to get in the eye of the user while he/she is shooting, it may pose a potentially dangerous situation for those in the surrounding environment. Shooting glasses made so that the eyes are protected, but also insure that user has clear vision on the target while shooting. Hearing protectors are used to protect the hearing of firearm users.
The discharge of firearm can prove to be too loud for some, and may cause possible ear damage. Depending on the type of firearm used, sometimes it is absolutely necessary to use hearing protection. Different kinds of items are available when comes to gun ear protection, but the most commonly used are ear muffs or ear plugs. Ear muffs often resemble headphones and provide for excellent hearing protection.
Aside from protecting hearing, they also provide for protection of the outer ear as well, for they cover the entire ear. Ear plugs come in various shapes and sizes, but the most commonly used is typically made out of foam. These types of earplugs not only for a seal against noise, but are quite comfortable and reusable as well.
The type of hearing protection used is left to personal choice. Ear muffs may prove to be too cumbersome for some people, while ear plugs may not offer the level of protection some others may want. However, both types of gun ear protection are acceptable and just as efficient. It is important to note that while other types of hearing protection is available, it is best to acquire those designed specifically for shooting or firearm-use because the decibel rating is specifically designed to suppress gun fire noise.
Gun protection gear while hunting employs other certain equipment that is important and should be worn at all times. The most common type of hunting gear will often bring camouflage clothing to mind. While it may be essential while hunting, camouflage gear is somewhat of double-edged sword. While it keeps the hunter concealed from its prey, it may also prove all to effective because it may conceal him/her from other hunters as well.
It has occurred often enough that a hunter was shot by another hunter because of a stray shot, or the hunter thought him to be a game animal. That is why many hunters will use what is most commonly referred to as hunter orange as part of their hunting gear. The color is bright enough that it makes hunters visible to others so as to avoid accidental discharges or shooting. Many hunters will choose not wear hunter orange because they believe it also makes them more visible to their prey.
This may not be entirely true, for in the case with deer, they can not discern any difference between red and orange colors from greens. Wearing hunter orange while deer hunting will not prove to be a disadvantage. For the most part, all hunting gear or clothing is designed to withstand the elements of the terrain or environment. Employing the appropriate hunting wardrobe is extremely important while hunting.
Though the list may differ according to climate and personal preferences, this a basic list of typical hunting gear needed: hunting gloves, hunting jacket, boots, gaiters, extra socks, shooting glasses or goggles, and ear protection.
Many hunters will tend to disregard the last item on the list. Many will choose not to use hearing protection because they believe it may hinder them in the hunting or tracking process. It may limit their ability to hear any potential prey that could be approaching. Though this may be true, it is still recommended to wear the appropriate hearing protection when using or firing a gun.
Gun protection can also depend on whether or not a person is in law enforcement or the military. Given their job descriptions, the type of protection gear is bound to be much more effective and designed for the purpose of protecting the individual from other gun fire. This will also vary depending on specialty-related gear, such as SWAT and tactical situations.
Key protection for police officers may include: ballistics vests, body armor, tactical flashlight, tactical face mask, tactical helmet, appropriate holster for situation, goggles, gloves, and other items designed for specific situations. The protection gear for law enforcement and the military is designed to keep the user alive, while providing for the flexibility and effectiveness of the equipment so as not to hinder the wearer at least as possible.
Gun safety issues and practices may vary from state to state. It is important to always be aware of the state gun laws that exist in order to comply with the necessary regulations and legislation. Because state gun laws have a tendency to change without notice, it is important for gun owners to constantly check with the state laws in order to prevent any particular legal implications in the future.