Guy Riordan Speaks: Hunter Safety, When Firing a Weapon


“There are basic rules of weapon safety,” asserts Guy Riordan. The outdoors enthusiast, who once owned a game preserve along the Rio Grande, notes that the first four rules are basic. “It is essential to point the gun in a safe direction, to know your target, to not rely on the ‘safety’ and to unload the weapon when not in use,” explains Guy Riordan. However, there are a few additional rules that Guy Riordan believes are crucial when firing the weapon. “These first four rules of safety apply to those times when the weapon is not in use,” explains Guy Riordan.

“What if the gun fails to fire?” asks Guy Riordan. When firing the gun and it fails to fire, “handle with caution,” cautions Guy Riordan. If the weapon does not discharge properly, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. “Again, the direction in which the weapon is pointed is fundamental,” explains Guy Riordan. After pointing the gun in a safe direction, open the action with care, warns Guy Riordan. “You want to keep your face away from the breech,” states Guy Riordan, “and after removing the cartridge that malfunctioned, dispose of it safely and then wash your hands.” There is the potential of lead in the ammunition, so washing your hands prevents exposure to lead.

Another important rule in firing a weapon is to always wear protective eye and ear protection, according to Guy Riordan. “Hearing damage is common among hunters who do not wear protective ear covering,” reports Guy Riordan. Along with protecting the ears comes protecting the eyes. “Eye covering can protect the hunter or target shooter from pieces of twig bouncing back, falling shot, or even clay target chips,” explains Guy Riordan. The eye protection needs to have “spring tension” in it, adds Guy Riordan. “In short, eye protection needs to be shatter proof and protect the eyes with bounce, not just be fashionable,” explains Guy Riordan.

Guy Riordan’s next rule is that correct ammunition that has not been damaged must be used in the correct weapon. If ammunition has been submerged in water, it needs to be disposed of in a safe manner. “It is important to note that guns are manufactured to specification for use with certain ammunition,” explains Guy Riordan. Not using the correct ammunition can have devastating results, says Guy Riordan. “It only takes a second to check each piece of ammunition before placing it into the weapon,” comments Guy Riordan. As well, adds Guy Riordan, it only takes a second to cause harm to the shooter or the gun because of wrong ammunition. “The results of not doing a quick double check on the ammunition being fired can destroy the weapon and worse, can cause physical harm to the one discharging the weapon,” concludes Guy Riordan.

About Guy Riordan

In 1969, Guy Riordan began a life of service as he joined the United Sates Marine Corp. For the next three years of the Vietnam War era, Guy Riordan would serve as crew chief for Sikorsky helicopters earning the rank of corporal. Following his faithful service in the Marine Corp, Guy Riordan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Albuquerque, graduating Cum Laude. Later, Guy Riordan would attend the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Following Pepperdine, Guy Riordan began working his way through the financial and securities industry. From 1982 to 1984, Guy Riordan served clients from his position with Quinn and Company, a New York Stock Exchange member firm. In 1984, Guy Riordan joined Raucher, Pierce and Refsnes, later moving to Albuquerque AG Edwards in 1989. In 1994, Guy Riordan joined the team of Southwest Securities. Beginning in 1997, Guy Riordan spent the next decade with First Union/Wachovia Securities, servicing clients in the greater Albuquerque New Mexico area.

During this time, Guy Riordan began to pursue another personal passion, boxing. From 2002 to 2005 Guy Riordan Boxing promoted some of the biggest names in the sport. Guy Riordan’s boxing client list included three-time world champion Danny Romero and six-time world champion Johnny Tapia. In addition, Guy Riordan co-promoted NABF heavyweight champion Taurus Sykes. Guy Riordan co-promoted a NABF/NABA heavyweight championship bout between Sykes and heavyweight champion Samuel Peters, featured in 2005 on the Showtime Cable Network. Rounding out his resume of boxing promotion, Guy Riordan was a co-owner of Maloof Brothers Boxing with Sacramento Kings’ famed Joe and Gavin Maloof.

Guy Riordan has always held civic duty as important. As a life long resident of Albuquerque, Guy Riordan worked on the Board of Directors for the Hispano Chamber of Commerce. For three years, Guy Riordan also served as a board member for the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. Guy Riordan’s life of service would continue into the state government arena of public service.

A former elected commissioner of the La Joya Water Association, Guy Riordan returned to his college alma mater as a member of the University of Albuquerque Foundation, serving for five years from 1982 – 1985. Guy Riordan would later continue his life of public service through numerous positions and appointments. Guy Riordan holds real estate licenses in both New Mexico and Florida and has served as a governor appointee of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. Guy Riordan was also a mayoral appointee, serving on the Albuquerque/Chihuahua Bilateral Commission, was a gubernatorial appointee as Commissioner for the Judicial Nominating Commission as well as the New Mexico Governors Educational Retirement Board Task Force. Guy Riordan was also given the opportunity to expand his passion for the outdoors by receiving gubernatorial appointment and Senate confirmation to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission. Riordan was later elected as chairman of the Game and Fish Commission.

An avid outdoorsman, Guy Riordan holds a Master Captains License from the U.S. Coast Guard. A former owner of Rancho De La Joya Game Preserve, Guy Riordan provided an area for upland game hunting along the banks of the beautiful Rio Grande River. Guy Riordan’s shooting preserve provided clients with the ability to hunt quail, pheasant, chuckar, snow geese, and ducks and Canadian geese. Guy Riordan’s Rancho De La Joya Game Preserve offered a fully automated sporting clays and five-stand course. Guy Riordan’s love of the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and kayaking have positioned him on national television shows including Jimmy Houston and Wayne Pierson Outdoors. Guy Riordan also owns

The first love and passion of Guy Riordan is, however, his family. Married for over twenty-four years, Guy Riordan and wife have laid the foundation of their lives on each other and their children. Guy Riordan and his family reside outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

10 thoughts on “Guy Riordan Speaks: Hunter Safety, When Firing a Weapon”

  1. This is a very awesome post. I have learned so much after reading these safety tips by Guy Riordan. People should be careful enough not just for themselves but for others as well. Guy Riordan did the right thing. I hope you will post more safety tips by Guy Riordan. Thanks!

  2. I’m just so thankful that Guy Riordan has shared this helpful information to us. Being a hunter holds a great responsibility and doesn’t just do it for fun. I will share this article of Guy Riordan to my friends. Thanks for sharing! More power to Guy Riordan!

  3. Guy Riordan is right that we should wash our hands after removing the cartridge because of possible presence of lead. I also enjoy outdoor activities that’s why I’m so grateful of this article about Guy Riordan’s safety tips.

  4. Yeah! Hunters should be careful in using their weapon and should keep in mind these safety tips from Guy Riordan. My father is a hunter and I’m planning to join him one of these days. I guess Guy Riordan has helped me a lot in understanding the precautions in using weapons. I want to thank Guy Riordan for this. More power!

  5. I like this article of hunter safety when firing a weapon by Guy Riordan. I guess you have to think before firing a weapon to avoid accidents. I have also read other articles about outdoor safety tips by Guy Riordan and those articles are also helpful. Thanks for sharing this to us Guy Riordan.

  6. Guy Riordan is definitely right that hunters should eye and ears protection for protection and not just for fashion. I will bookmark this website. Thank you so much for sharing this informative post about Guy Riordan’s safety tips. Hunters should read this safety tips of Guy Riordan.

  7. Guy Riordan’s safety tips is absolutely correct. I am also a hunter and I make sure my safety and also others safety before firing a gun. I do agree with what Guy Riordan has said here. I do appreciate Guy Riordan’s effort to share this. More power!

  8. I have learned so much after reading this article about Guy Riordan’s safety tips. Guy Riordan has said some important things that a hunter should know. This is definitely a must read. Thanks for this Guy Riordan!

  9. I like these basic rules of weapon safety by Guy Riordan. Guy Riordan is right about what he said when the weapon is not in use. Impressive post! Guy Riordan is good in giving this safety tips.

  10. I will share this article about Guy Riordan to my friends. We love to hunt together and sometimes we fail to do these safety tips of Guy Riordan. Now I know better and my friends should know this also. Thanks Guy Riordan for this. Have a great day!

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