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4 Universal Safety Rules for Firearms Adapted to paintball.

#1 User is offline   3MUMFM 

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Post icon  Posted 05 December 2006 - 07:53 PM

The military and pretty much any association that uses firearms should and does follow these 4 safety rules.

1. Treat your weapon as if it was loaded at all times.

2. Keep your finger straight and out of the trigger guard until ready to fire.

3. Never point your weapon at anything you dont intend to shoot.

4. Keep your weapon on safe at all times until ready to fire.

Adapted to paintball

1. Treat your marker or gun as if it had a loaded hopper and air on at all times.
On a first glance at a milsim gun some don't know wether the hopper and air are connected to the gun. It will help you gain favor with the management of the field if you keep your gun pointed up or down.

2.Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire!

3. Never point your gun at anything you dont intend to shoot.
So you dont shoot someone by accidently squeezeing the trigger in the parking lot.

4. Keep your gun on safe or uncocked until ready to fire.

If everyone followed these four rules our sport would be a lot safer and less prone to getting trashed in the limelight. If you have someone who is new to paintball teach them these 4 rules and they should not get into any accidents on and off the field. Lets make paintball's image better by convincing people that as a majority paintballers are safe and follow a set of safety rules. These taught me to be safer than with the standard rules of chronoing and keeping your mask on.
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Posted 07 December 2006 - 11:47 PM

I'd just like to add to put your barrel bags on as soon as your eliminated and in any area where people are not wearing masks. Just use common sense guys.

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:21 PM

I don't know what the firearm version of this is, but for paintball it is to always have a barrel sock/plug on in the staging area.

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:36 PM

Closest thing to that is to keep the action open ( if feasible ) and in the case until in an area where you're allowed to fire.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 07:53 PM

I would hope people would know to put the barrel bag/plug whatever you want to call them in anyway. Thats the #1 safety rule in paintball. These are to avoid a accident if heaven forebid you're paintball place didn't use plugs. :eck: The 4 rules make it safer in case of a bag malfunction or incorrect use of bag. I.E. The end of the bag is put on the barrel but not the hopper or grip and flies off when shot. Also if you are in a place that uses just plugs and a paintball is fired the plug will fly out with a broken paintball on the end. <<<<<<I've seen that happen. :D
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You guys are also starting to go into the 4 conditions of readiness for firearms but im not going to bring that up quite yet...

This post has been edited by 3MUMFM: 08 December 2006 - 07:55 PM

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 08:56 PM

View Post3MUMFM, on Dec 8 2006, 07:53 PM, said:

I would hope people would know to put the barrel bag/plug whatever you want to call them in anyway. Thats the #1 safety rule in paintball. These are to avoid a accident if heaven forebid you're paintball place didn't use plugs. :angry: The 4 rules make it safer in case of a bag malfunction or incorrect use of bag. I.E. The end of the bag is put on the barrel but not the hopper or grip and flies off when shot. Also if you are in a place that uses just plugs and a paintball is fired the plug will fly out with a broken paintball on the end. <<<<<<I've seen that happen. :ninja:
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You guys are also starting to go into the 4 conditions of readiness for firearms but im not going to bring that up quite yet...


Very good point, this is why our field doesnt allow barrel plugs, you have to have a barrel "sock" or "condom" which are available for purchase, or even can be rented for free if you do not have one.
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 10:11 PM

It just bugs the heck out of me when the sport gets nailed on the news, or a field has to close from a lawsuit( that doesn't happen much anymore though) and if people had just been responsible or used common sense the incedent could have been avoided. Some schools and other orginazations won't allow a gathering of members at paintball places because of the reputation of paintball as a bunch of teenagers shooting hobos.
It's like not wearing your seatbelt it only takes once to change your or others lives. If everyone just used common sense and followed the fields safety rules, paintball would be a lot better.
You dont have to follow these rules but they do make it safer even if you follow all the other rules.

THE BOTTOM LINE

If you're a parent teach the kids the safety rules.

If your a kid listen to your parents about the safety rules or take it upon yourself to learn them.

Above all use common sense.

PS If any new paintballers are reading this don't be afraid to ask about the rules.
The only dumb question is the one not asked... ;)

Sorry for preaching and the walls of text but it needs to be said.
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:04 PM

It's happened so I'm gonna bring up another point . . .

Some newer players dont understand some simple things about paintballing...

When you have a remote line and shut off the valve, that does NOT eliminate the air already in the gun. It only stops MORE from coming in. Your line and gun are STILL charged.
Also, there have been times in the past that I've had a ball chop and noticed that my gun was "jammed"... I had build up in my barrel and a ball stuck once it got past the porting.

So, now you have a ball in the barrel that has softened up from being in the sun (now more flexable and easier to move out of the barrel) and a line/gun charged with air.

If you pull the trigger goofing off with your friends in the parking lot (chances are they aren't wearing their mask now) you WILL cause damage to them. Especially if you're joking about shooting them in the face or something. PB is a dangerous sport when the PROPER safety precautions are not taken.

I know this fits just about everyone of those rules; but I just wanted to give an example on WHY it's that way.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:13 PM

How about keeping masks on when on the field? I have seen waaay to many guys taking the masks off. Kills me!
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 08:24 PM

View Posteuglow54, on Dec 14 2006, 10:13 PM, said:

How about keeping masks on when on the field? I have seen waaay to many guys taking the masks off. Kills me!


Here's another that I rarely see or hear of. Keep a pair of safety glasses handy to wear any time your not wearing the full mask. While safety glasses are no substitute for a mask, I've tested several pairs of glasses with an A-5 turned all the way up at 5 feet away with the glasses secured to a water bottle. Tipically the glasses broke at one the hinges within a couple shots, but in a staging area, if you take more than a couple of shots to the face, it's no accident. Point being a pair of safety glasses is a way of not loseing an eye off field.
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Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:14 AM

As much as I love preaching about safety, we must acknowledge that Rule 4 is impractical ON THE FIELD. In a combat situation, many times whichever unit gets off the first shot has the upper hand.
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:11 PM

I know this is kind of random but are Oakley sunglasses bullet-proof? I've heard rumours that the lenses are the same quality of safety glasses. Does anyone know anything about this?
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Posted 24 February 2007 - 03:32 PM

I'm going to nit-pick here and say keep you barrel pointed down only, paintballs will come back down and wont drift far if you shoot them straight up so its still possible somone could get hit.
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:38 PM

View Postkanuck, on Feb 23 2007, 01:11 PM, said:

I know this is kind of random but are Oakley sunglasses bullet-proof? I've heard rumours that the lenses are the same quality of safety glasses. Does anyone know anything about this?

I'm fairly certain that they're all made using polycarbonate lenses, the same plastic used for safety glasses. With the exception of "ballistic glasses" I wouldn't rely upon them for safety although it is better than nothing.


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Posted 04 April 2007 - 05:26 PM

Jus like to add 1 more thing

Never take your mask off in the middle of a game

Theres gotta be some long term solutin to keeping mask from fogging up. thats the main reason ppl take off there mask in the first place.

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