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The 5 Worst Mistakes Gun Owners Make

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Gun ownership is a fundamental civil liberty, but just like all rights, it requires responsibility.

Here are five mistakes that some gun owners make, and how you can avoid them:

1. Poor Storage Choices

Don’t store your weapons out in the open, where children have access to them, or where burglars in a potential break-in could easily find them. Keeping your guns locked in a safe or high in the closet are better locations. Of course, keeping them in easy-to-access areas for emergencies will require you to be a little more creative to keep them out of the reach of children. Also, it is crucial that you store your guns in the “safe” position, especially if you have children. Yes, they are in a safe, but it is always best to limit liabilities when possible. If you have trigger or bolt locks, then use them.

2. Not Being Proficient

What good is owning a gun if you aren’t proficient with it? Granted, some gun owners are gun collectors and just enjoy collecting firearms as a hobby, but for the gun owner who buys firearms for hunting, personal home protection, or for using during a crisis, becoming proficient with the weapon is more important than owning the gun just so you can say you own it.

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You should be able to shoot your weapon accurately, reload it, clear a jam, and holster or sling it aside based on muscle memory. That means shooting at least a thousand rounds on the range and performing a thousand repetitions reloading and clearing a jam (which you can use fake ammo for). Practice, practice, practice.

3. Lack Of Education

When you buy a firearm, or if you own any existing ones, educate everyone in your household about them. Your children should know that guns are not toys and should learn to respect them. Teach your children proper trigger discipline, such as indexing, and teach them how to check the safety and if the weapon is chambered or loaded. Keep in mind that children who are uneducated about guns are more likely to try to find them based purely on curiosity. Everyone in your household should be familiar with the weapons in your home, have experience with them on the range, know proper gun safety, and learn to respect them.

4. Wrong Ammunition Size

For gun owners who aren’t as experienced with firearms, it can be easy to confuse some calibers with one another and thus buy the wrong ammunition. For example, the 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington rounds chambered for ARs and Mini-14s are easily confused. 5.56x45mm can typically chamber .223, but .223 cannot chamber 5.56. Some ARs and Mini-14s are chambered for 5.56, and can thus also shoot .223. But other ARs and Mini-14s are chambered for .223, and thus cannot shoot 5.56. Nonetheless, some gun owners will still confuse the two and buy 5.56 ammo for their gun that clearly says it is chambered for .223.  Another example that is often confused is .308 WIN and 7.62x51mm NATO. .308 can typically chamber 7.62, but not vice versa. Even more easy to confuse are the vastly different kinds of .45 (.45 ACP, .45 LC, .45 GAP, etc) or .38 (.38 LC, .38 Special, etc.) for example. Loading guns with the incorrect caliber can severely damage your gun and is a safety hazard.

5. Failure To Register Guns

Gun registration is something that many if not most gun owners do not support, and there are many valid arguments that gun registration violates the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. No one wants to have their name and personal information logged into a database, but if you fail to abide by the laws of your state or city and get caught by law enforcement, you could have all of your firearms confiscated, not to mention face severe fines or jail time.

What are other common mistakes made by gun owners? Share your opinion in the section below:

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  1. Scratch number 5.
    First of all, the 2nd Amendment says “Shall not be infringed”, by registering your guns, you are giving tyrants the information they need to violate your rights. If they will not abide by the Supreme Law of the Land, the Constitution, you have every right as verified by Thomas Jefferson, to not abide by unjust laws. What is suggested in number 5 is the surrender of all of your rights because as one of the Ten Bill of Rights falls, they all will fall.

    “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    • You are absolutely correct!
      When you buy a gun from a dealer it is mandatory that they run your name through NICS. You will be cleared or denied for the purchase. This automatically puts you on record.
      The smart thing do do is have one or two registered and always have one hidden away that is not registered. The unregistered one can then be dug out after they come confiscate the ones they know you have.
      To get one that is not registered to you, simply buy one that is advertised locally (I’m talking long gun here) from a private individual that is selling. Handguns must be transferred through a licensed dealer.

      • First off most of this info sounds like a news article from somebody who buys gun magazines and doesn’t actually own a firearm.
        Second, I have guns that lay around everywhere, and I have kids, it’s not an issue, they aren’t loaded, they don’t fit in the safe. But again my kids aren’t idiots like most kids now.
        Third when they run your info through ncic it doesn’t store your info for the moron that thought so.
        Any other valid questions feel free to post.

        • It’s not so much your kids, but maybe their friends. What about the guy who breaks into your home? Now a criminal has your guns. Leaving unsecured firearms laying around is just irresponsible. Hell, leaving unsecured tools laying around is. If you carry or hunt with a firearm that should be and isn’t registered, you are just asking for trouble. Is it really worth the incarceration? Despite best intentions, these are some of the things that most often get people into trouble with firearms….If you know better, have at it.

  2. I am shocked to see #5 on here.

    Regarding #4, Ruger says, “With the exception of the Mini-14 Target Rifle, which accepts only .223 Rem. ammunition, .223 Rem. and 5.56 NATO can be used in all Mini-14 rifles and Ranch Rifles.
    Please note that “Military Surplus” 5.56mm NATO can vary greatly in its quality and consistency.”

  3. First aid. I think shooters should have basic first aid knowledge and a blow out kit on their person or in their range bag. I don’t expect shooters be able to pull a bullet from their leg but they should be able to stop from bleeding out until helps arrives.

  4. To – “Rickster”,
    It is also wise to make MOST of your firearm purchases locally from private individuals. And evidently it depends on where you live as to needing to have handguns transferred through a dealer. Here in SC, I can buy as many as I want with no dealer involvement at all.
    Unfortunately, I seem to have lost all of my guns in a boating mishap. 😉

  5. I liked your article.

    However, I would like it more if you clarified for readers your point # 4.

    .223 and 5.56 will CHAMBER in each other, they are NOT safe. Unfortunately, someone who does not understand chambering versus safety might think that if they can make the round feed, it is safe.

    5.56 ammo is NOT SAFE in a gun designed for .223.

    Same is true for your 7.62 and .308 Win. But, here it is the reverse. .308 is not safe in a gun chambered for 7.62.

    WARNING. You may make the rounds feed, and you may make them shoot. When the failure will come is not predictable.


    • I understand the same use and feeding of the round the way you do. It’s the pressure differences in the rounds that determines the safety problem, from Surplus rifles -I n terms of pressure, there is a wide (very wide) gap between the 7.62 NATO and the .308 Winchester. Here at, we recommend in the strongest possible terms that you do not fire factory .308 Winchester ammunition in any Mil-Surp rifle chambered for the 7.62 NATO round. Cheers

      • There are a lot of myths and different understandings of ammo use and pressure. I’ve found that .308 and 7.62 are interchangeable in my .308 with no issues whatsoever. We can debate until doomsday on the issue but when it comes down to it, if it shoots with no issues, it works… Cheers

  6. The author has made a mistake about .308 and 7.62×51 (aka 7.62 NATO). The exterior dimensions are identical. They are interchangeable. Some people cite .308 as higher pressure than 7.62×51, but what they fail to observe is the two were tested using different tests where pressure is measured at two different points/methods. The two methods are not comparable. The .308 does come in a variety of bullet and powder combinations, while the 7.62×51 is a specific combo due to its NATO/military specification.

    I have a 120 year old milsurp rifle that was converted to 7.62×51 in the early 1960’s and I did the research to ensure that .308 was okay in it. I use standard .308 with confidence in my antique rifle.

  7. #5 is so vanishingly rare in this country (thankfully) that it really doesn’t deserve mention in a short, inclusive list such as this. You betray an incomplete knowledge of firearms and even more importantly- those who own them.

  8. LOL, this is ‘Off The Grid News’ and you state #5 which puts you SOLIDLY on the GRID!!! Sadly, all my weapons were lost in a boating accident, so I can’t register them. Oh well…

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