Weapon Safety: What Is a Weapon Security Check and Why Does a Professional Need to Do it?

Editors Note: This is a first, a contributed article from Jay Chambers of Minute Man Review.

When it comes to weapon safety, it’s not a child’s play. Weapons are dangerous objects that should be handled carefully by professionals. However, there are still accidents happening from lack of proper attention and handling.

Weapon security checks are conducted by professionals in order to ensure that no unwanted incident happens when the gun is used. But what are they and why do professionals need them? Read the following paragraphs to find out.

What Is a Weapon Security Check?

To begin with, you should know that most accidents happen due to faulty handling or weapon malfunction.

Basically, being in charge of a weapon means you need to be responsible and vigilant at all times. For instance, a gun must be treated like it’s always loaded. This mindset may stop you from improper handling of the weapon.

Sadly, there are people who forget about this important rule and, as a result, they become accident victims. Some handlers mistakenly believe that the weapon is empty or safe when the reality is different, and the weapon is actually full and ready to fire. Other accidents may occur due to mechanical failures.

In order to avoid these things from happening, you need a professional to do a weapon security check? What is that, you wonder? Well, basically, weapons are checked to ensure that there is no danger in using them, or that they are not malfunctioning. It’s conducted to make sure a weapon doesn’t result in harming or killing the user.

For example, it is used to see whether there are worn or broken parts in the sear, trigger or hammer/striker. In case these are damaged, there is a chance they could give a weapon a very sensitive trigger.

How Does a Weapon Security Check work?

Here is how weapons are checked to make sure they are secure:

  1. Pointing in a safe direction

As expected, the gun needs to be pointed in a safe direction. Basically, you need to ask yourself if someone would get hurt if they stayed in its range and it went off. If the answer is “no”, then it should be pointed in another direction.

  1. Remove the ammunition


All ammunition needs to be removed so there is no risk of getting hurt or harming someone else. A firearm that contains cartridges could have them in two possible places: the chamber and the magazine.

  1. Check the chamber

Although you just emptied it, you need to make sure that the chamber is truly empty. Accidents occur when people don’t properly check the chamber, and they are harmed or die as a result. Don’t just assume it’s empty because you emptied it – check again.

  1. Verify the Feed Path

The next step is verifying the path that the cartridge follows from the magazine to the chamber. On firearms with tubular magazines, you need to ensure that the magazine follower is visible at the end of the magazine tube. Semi-automatic handguns should be inspected for stuck cartridges after the magazine has been removed.

  1. Check the Bore for Obstructions

There’s a huge pressure used to expel a bullet out the barrel. As a consequence, the barrel may not allow the aerodynamic pressure build in front of the bullet to safely be released. It can end in an explosive rupture. It doesn’t sound like the best thing to experience, does it?

You could examine the barrel’s full length by inserting a cleaning rod down the end, in order to prevent an explosive rupture from happening. You could also visually inspect it while the firearm is pointed in a safe direction.

Could Weapons Be Safely Stored?

There are several ways in which a weapon could be stored. It can either be locked somewhere safe, disassembled or have a lock.

First of all, guns should be kept in a special cabinet, away from the ammunition. These cabinets serve as a prevention to access a firearm.

Keeping a weapon disassembled could also prevent it from being used, especially if the pieces are stored in different locations.

Moreover, there are certain locks used to prevent the weapon from discharging. They come in several types: cable locks, trigger locks, smart guns, and chamber locks.

Trigger locks prevent the trigger from being manipulated, but they are not so safe, considering there is no guarantee that the gun can be discharged. Cable locks go into the receiver through the ejection port of firearms. Chamber locks prevent the weapon from being loaded with ammunition. If you wonder how these locks can be removed in order to use the gun, don’t worry – they come without a key.

There are also the smart guns, which come with built-in locks, such as microchip implants, fingerprint recognition or magnetic rings.

Why Do You Need a Professional to Do a Weapon Security Check?

Weapon security checks can only be done by professionals, someone who was instructed on how to use guns and how to make sure they are safe enough to use. Therefore, no person that hasn’t been instructed in how to use guns should carelessly do it.

Professionals must ensure that a weapon is not dangerous to use. The dangers may be due to a gun’s malfunctioning. For instance, a gun may fail to fire due to some factors, such as a cartridge being stuck in the firing pin. There are situations when a gun either doesn’t fire at all, or there’s a delay before it finally fires.

These weapons need to be disposed of properly, so they don’t injure anyone.


Weapons are not toys, that’s something to be sure of. Therefore, they should be handled properly to avoid injuring yourself or anyone else. Also, remember that a weapon should be handled like it’s always loaded.

Professionals have knowledge of weapons, how they should be used and how to make sure they are safe to use. So, it’s important that a gun is checked by a specialist to avoid any tragedies from happening.

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