The Four Rules of Firearm Safety and why you should always practice them.
1) Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
Many have lost their lives thinking a firearm was unloaded. So remember every firearm is always loaded. Even if a trusted friend hands you a firearm and declares it is unloaded. Treat that firearm like it is loaded. This rule is closely connected to rule 2 and 3. So always treat a firearm as loaded and never point it at anyone or anything you are not willing to destroy.
Get to know the proper unloading procedure for your gun. NEVER ASSUME any firearm is unloaded. Even if you keep your firearm in a case and it hasn’t been out since you cleaned it. Out of respect for those around you and for yourself, check the load condition anyway. Trigger Pull can help you with unloading procedures.
Many new gun owners are hesitant to check the load status of a gun they’ve just been handed or newly pick up. This happens sometimes because they do not want to appear uninformed or go against the more experienced owner, who just told them “it’s not loaded.” Don’t feel that way, just ask I’m sure they will show you the load condition. If they are offended by your question, it might be best to avoid them in the future.
Our private and/or group lessons will show you the proper unloading procedure for many firearms.
2) Never point a firearm at anyone or anything you are not willing to destroy
If you’ve done your safety-check and are absolutely sure that your gun is unloaded, that does not give you the go-ahead to be careless with it. Remembering the first rule, The Gun Is ALWAYS Loaded, you should never point it toward anything that you are not prepared to destroy.
Your instructor will help you to identify things you want to shoot, while giving you safer things to point the firearm at. You also will learn about things we don’t want to shoot and things we don’t want to shoot yet!
3) Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire
This is truly the most important rule, it must be practiced 100% of the time (as with all of these rules). With any modern firearm, as long as your finger is away from the trigger guard, your firearm will not discharge. Knowing this, there should be 0% chance of a negligent discharge. Notice we didn’t say ‘accidental discharge’, because there is no such thing. It’s negligent, period.
Every single time that you pick up a firearm, you should be doing it as shown in the image below. With this mindset each and every time, it will become second nature. Should you have to draw your firearm one day, you will instinctively place your trigger finger along the frame and slide instead of directly on the trigger or inside the trigger guard.
4) Know your target and what is behind it
Bullets can go through – and beyond – your intended target. Knowing what’s behind your target is an essential step to safety and responsibility.