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Six for Safety!

Shooter, are you ready? Welcome back to the Shooters Wheelhouse. The blog of the day is all about being safe, staying safe, and encouraging others to do the same. There are several ways that one can broach the topic of firearms. I believe approaching the conversation from the position and perspective of safety is best way to begin. Observing safety practices has allowed people from all walks of life to successfully overcome anxiety when performing a task or operating equipment. You learned safety rules for driving a vehicle, cooking on a stove, and using the microwave. Learning firearm safety should be a no-brainer but that is not the case. A targeted google search will show results on how the lack of safety lead to injury and in some cases death. Being safe is practical and simple but it requires discipline and awareness. Instead of generating a readable lecture on why you should be safe, I will share six safety rules that will add value to your experience as a gun owner.

Rule 1: Treat all guns as if they are loaded.

This rule is universally thought to be the most important rule to know. Treating guns as if they are loaded will help you maintain respect for them tools and caution when alone or with friends. Following this rule will also help you from being complacent with how you handle your guns and aware with how people handle their guns.

Rule 2: Always keep your gun on safe, or in a safe position.

Some guns come with a manual safety and others do not. Some guns have no safety mechanism beyond your judgment and trigger discipline. Maintaining a safe position for your gun is a critical skill. This can be done in several ways. You can unload it and place it in a gun safe when you are not using it. You can keep it holstered and on your person. You can use a gun lock (unload the gun first) to keep it secure. If your gun has a safety, you can become familiar with its function.

Rule 3: Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Instinctively, people that are new to shooting will place their finger on the trigger while handling a gun. This type of behavior puts the trained person into a hostile and uncomfortable mindset. Fingering the trigger makes you look reckless about safety. No one in the gun community likes a reckless gun handler.

Rule 4: Do not point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.

I do not think anymore can be said about this rule.

Rule 5: Be aware of your target and what is beyond it.

In a gun fight it is very important to be aware of your surroundings. Missing your target or shooting through it can have devastating consequences. Check your lines of fire before engaging your target.

Rule 6: Never attempt to catch a falling firearm.

It is okay for a gun that cost you a thousand dollars to hit the ground. A scratch can be fixed but depressing a trigger while trying to catch a gun is something you cannot take back. Maintain positive control of your gun. If you lose control of your gun, let it fall!

Each of these rules make up a collective mindset about safety and help you to be mindful of what you are doing and where you are doing it. Memorizing them will help safety remain locked into your use of firearms. These rules will make you look at people with judgmental eyes, but they will also help you stay safe and save lives. Keep training shooters!


Richmond, TX, USA

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