For Beginners: Solving Shooting Problems

Safety First

Remember: Consider that any weapon is loaded unless you have personally removed  the ammo!   Never assume anything about a gun …


Weapons need regular cleaning and maintenance. Hunters taking the time to keep to keep their weapons free of dirt and well-oiled have fewer problems.

During the life of a weapon, things happen that we don’t expect.  Here are three problems hunters can have … and some possible solutions.



Weapons Require Regular Care!


This happens when we shoot and the gun does not fire immediately.  Generally, there is an empty “click” sound coming from the gun instead of the expected “boom.”

For safety’s sake, it is important to keep the gun aimed downrange for at least one minute.

Cartoons vs. Reality

As children, we would laugh at Porky Pig and his antics while hunting.  He never seemed to learn that it wasn’t a healthy move to turn the gun barrel around towards his head — while trying to figure out why the weapon didn’t fire.

Of course, about the time he got the barrel to his eye, the gun suddenly fired, leaving Porky with a fried face.  We laugh because we know what a dumb thing Porky is doing.

However, it is no laughing matter when a gun does not discharge.  After waiting a decent interval, unload the gun and look for an obvious obstruction or other problem.

If the problem is not obvious, or cannot be easily fixed, it is time to consult a gunsmith.

Clogs & Obstructions

It is possible to lodge something in the end of your gun by tripping while holding your gun — and plowing your barrel into the ground.

It is important to unload your weapon and take it apart, while keeping the muzzle facing a safe direction.  Clean the gun completely.

Never try to remove an obstruction by shooting it out!

Bird Hunting

While tramping out to your duck blind, it is possible for water, grit or mud to splash up into your barrel.  Before loading your gun, be sure that you have checked the gun’s barrel.

MDH * takes along a coil-able wire (the length of the barrel) to remove debris. After he’s sure there nothing ‘foreign’ in the gun barrel, he loads it with ammo.


MDH = My Deer Husband


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Published in: on January 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm  Comments Off on For Beginners: Solving Shooting Problems  
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