Firearm Safety Rules

Basic Firearm Safety Rules (Extended Edition)

You may have heard heard there are 4 rules of Firearm Safety – we’d like to dispel that myth

  1. Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
  2. Never Let The Muzzle ‘Cover \ Point at,’ Anything You Are Not Willing to Destroy
  3. Always Treat the Firearm As Loaded \ Verify its Condition
  4. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot \ Sights Aligned On Target
  5. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger  And Outside the Trigger Guard when handling
  6. If you fumble and drop a gun – let it hit the ground. Do not reach for it.
  7. Be Sure Of Your Target And What’s Beyond It
  8. Be Certain Of Your Line Of Fire, Target And the Backstop
  9. Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not In Use
  10. Don’t Rely On The Gun’s Mechanical “Safety Device”
  11. Use The Correct Ammunition For the Firearm
  12. If Your Firearm Fails To Fire, Handle With Extreme Care!
  13. Always Wear Ear and Eye Protection When Shooting
  14. Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions
  15. Don’t Alter Or Modify Your Gun
  16. Be Familiar With Your Gun’s Mechanical and Handling Characteristics
  17. Be Sure The Firearm is Safe to Operate
  18. Store And Keep Firearms So They Are Not Easily Accessible to Unauthorized Persons
  19. Never Handle Firearms While Under The Influence of Alcohol, Drugs or When Exhausted
  20. When working with a holster – keep your finger off the trigger when re-holstering and drawing the handgun.
  21. If applicable engage the safety whenever practically possible – NOT all guns have external safety devices.

Generally we teach Children the Following (The NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program)

  1. Stop
  2. Don’t touch
  3. Leave the Area
  4. Tell an Adult