The basic safety rules for shooting are:
Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Regardless of where you shoot, these rules remain constant. But if you’re shooting in the desert at a competition, training school or just shooting rocks, you also have to consider the constant threat of dehydration and the nasty sunburns caused by not having enough protection from the sun.
Searing summer temperatures, dry air and the lack of shade make water loss an extreme issue. Dehydration, in serious cases, can lead to death. The folks at Gunsite Academy shooting school are so serious about it that they even have pee charts in their bathrooms so you can compare the color of your urine to your level of dehydration.
In order to prevent the loss of too much fluid, bring more water than you usually drink. The higher the temperatures, the more fluids your body loses to sweat and, if the environment is arid, your sweat can evaporate so quickly you might not notice you’re sweating.
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