As much as firearms are a great hobby to have and they can bring people of all walks of life together, whether you fire them on a range or you prefer to hunt, they are potentially dangerous when they aren’t used in the right way and with the correct safety precautions and considerations in place. It’s crucial to know everything, good and bad, about firearm safety before you start using a gun for any reason. Only then can you be sure you are going about shooting in the right way and reducing the risk to yourself and other people. 

When it comes to your own health, you might not think that shooting is going to have too much of an effect. After all, being behind a firearm is surely the safest place to be? The truth is that firearms can cause a lot of damage, and they can have a significant impact on your health. Read on to find out what can be damaged so you know how to prevent the issue from occurring by taking the proper precautions in the future. 

Your Hearing 

When used correctly, firearms are the ideal protection and security, and they make for an excellent hobby. Millions of people would agree with this statement. However, although owning a gun and using it for recreation can undoubtedly be rewarding and fun, it’s also potentially extremely dangerous, and your hearing is one of the physical ways that firearms can affect your health. 

Gunfire is terribly dangerous for unprotected ears, which is why, no matter what kind of gun you are shooting or where you are, ear protection is essential. The reason that gunfire is so problematic is that it is a sudden impact noise rather than a loud noise that is constant. Impact noises can easily rupture the eardrum and cause permanent hearing loss issues. As well as this, the sudden noise of a gunshot will cause the bones within the ear to knock against one another, causing even more potential damage. 

If you find that your ears are ringing or that you can’t hear very well after using firearms, you will need to find better ear protection as your ears are being damaged. Over time, the more this happens, the less likely it is your hearing will return to normal. Eventually you could lose it altogether. 

Your Eyes 

When shooting any firearms, using eye protection is a must; the risk of permanent eyesight loss or damage is always there, and the more you can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening, the better. Protecting your eyesight has to be a priority. 

Firearms can damage your sight in several different ways. Firstly, the gun itself can be an issue. A spent cartridge can fly backward and hit the shooter in the eye, for example. Or a shot might ricochet back from a rock or tree. Excessive powder from firearms can be blown into your eyes, causing burning. A muzzle flash can damage eyesight as well. As you can see, there are a number of ways that firearms can damage eyesight, which is why eye protection is so crucial. Plus, it is possible to invest in shooting glasses that offer a better view of your target, ostensibly making things even safer. 


Healthy lungs mean you can enjoy such a lot in life. From a simple walk in the fresh air to sports to playing with your kids or grandkids, and so much more. When your lungs are damaged, as they can be if you’re not careful around firearms, then lung damage can occur, and when this is chronic (and potentially getting worse over time), then all those things that are so much fun but that you probably take for granted because you haven’t had to struggle with them might become much more of a challenge – they might even become impossible. 

The problems that can occur in the lungs mainly result from breathing in gun smoke. When firearms are used, they produce a small amount of fumes that, due to the location of the gun and the shooter, are easily breathed in. If you use firearms a lot, this can start to erode the lungs and cause difficulties in breathing. 

To combat this issue, it may be necessary to wear a mask or some kind of breathing apparatus when using firearms. This is not always possible, and some people may find it problematic, but wherever it can be done, it should be. Limiting exposure to these fumes is also essential.