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
- Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
- Never Let The Muzzle ‘Cover \ Point at,’ Anything You Are Not Willing to Destroy
- Always Treat the Firearm As Loaded \ Verify its Condition
- Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot \ Sights Aligned On Target
- Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger And Outside the Trigger Guard when handling
- If you fumble and drop a gun – let it hit the ground. Do not reach for it.
- Be Sure Of Your Target And What’s Beyond It
- Be Certain Of Your Line Of Fire, Target And the Backstop
- Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not In Use
- Don’t Rely On The Gun’s Mechanical “Safety Device”
- Use The Correct Ammunition For the Firearm
- If Your Firearm Fails To Fire, Handle With Extreme Care!
- Always Wear Ear and Eye Protection When Shooting
- Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions
- Don’t Alter Or Modify Your Gun
- Be Familiar With Your Gun’s Mechanical and Handling Characteristics
- Be Sure The Firearm is Safe to Operate
- Store And Keep Firearms So They Are Not Easily Accessible to Unauthorized Persons
- Never Handle Firearms While Under The Influence of Alcohol, Drugs or When Exhausted
- When working with a holster – keep your finger off the trigger when re-holstering and drawing the handgun.
- 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)
- Don’t touch
- Leave the Area
- Tell an Adult