Pelican Flyer • July 04, 2020
Seasoned shooters know that it's crucial to handle firearms properly for safety at the range or in the field. We do a lot more handling than we do shooting, but you are not suddenly safe just because you're not aiming at a target. On the contrary, in fact. Knowing where you're pointing your barrel at all times helps drastically reduce the likelihood of an accident.
We all know that the safest way to carry a firearm is with the muzzle pointed away from people and pets. Often, that means either toward the sky or the ground. One common way to do this is to practice the elbow carry method, which keeps the barrel of your shotgun pointed downward. This position can be useful when walking in open environments or when taking your rifle out of its gun case.
Elbow carry, also known as elbow side carry or cradle carry, is a shotgun carrying position that is comfortable and relatively safe (provided you do it properly). To carry in this position, keep the butt of the firearm under your armpit and let the muzzle drape over your forearm. The open action stays in the crook of your elbow and over your arm, ensuring that the barrel stays pointed downward but away from your feet.
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The most important thing to do when handling a firearm of any sort is to pay attention and don’t let your guard down. Becoming too relaxed can cause you to forget the most important rules of carrying a firearm, which are:
Another important component of gun safety is to keep your gun safely stored in a long gun case during travel or when you're not using it. Pelican is here to help you protect your firearms.
Keep your guns in great shape and out of harm's way by storing your guns in a safe space where other people cannot access them. Beyond taking the necessary safety measures when you use your gun, safely storing your firearm will prevent dust, dirt and water from damaging your arsenal. Of course, you'll need to clean and maintain your guns and ammunition to prevent rust, but storing them anywhere other than a secure case can be detrimental. Pelican is here to help you keep your gear safe at all times.
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