Keeping Safety First

Overview of gunsmith safety procedures.

by RK Campbell

There are basic safety rules when handling firearms. Like many of us after long experience, we have stories to tell of those that mishandled a firearm. The results can be embarrassing and sometimes something is damaged – hopefully only property. But truly tragic events have occurred from poor gun handling.

Gunsmiths handle both firearms and power tools. The combination is one that must be approached with a healthy respect. We must know a bit about electricity, about proper hook-ups and avoiding overloads, and observe safety rules when using things like lathes and drill presses. Hand tools are also demanding of careful handling. I think that one of the worst accidents occurred with one of the finest craftsmen I have known and a hand made knife. He was moving gently and perhaps not…

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