Fire Arm Safety Rules
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Firearm Safety Rules

I think women are just inherently safety conscious. We are always looking out for the safety of others and have a very healthy fear of “dangerous” things. Women and gun safety naturally fit together. Now, don’t get cocky! Even though we have a natural predisposition to safety, we still need to practice the firearm safety rules. It is! Actually, we as women shooters need to adopt the gun safety rules into every aspect of our lives as women gun owners.

These basic rules codified by Jeff Cooper are universal. They apply to EVERYONE and they apply ALWAYS! No matter how experienced a shooter and no matter what the circumstances. ALWAYS.

 

LEARN THEM, KNOW THEM AND SAY THEM EACH TIME YOU TOUCH A FIREARM.

The Gun Safety Rules Are:

1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

There are also secondary gun dangers, learn more here

 

RULE 1: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED

loading cylinder

All guns are always loaded – period!

This firearm safety rule must be your mindset. Treat any and all guns as if they have are loaded. If someone hands you a gun and says, “Don’t worry, it’s not loaded,” do NOT believe them, no matter who it is. Whenever a gun is transferred from one person to another, have the owner remove the magazine, lock open the chamber, and show you the empty gun. With a revolver, have them open the cylinder and remove any rounds. When you accept the gun, assume the gun is loaded and check it yourself. Remember, there are no accidents, there is only negligence.

 

RULE 2: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY

Naturally, if firearm safety Rule 1 applies ALWAYS, firearm safety Rule 2 applies EVERYWHERE. Whether at the practice range, in your daily carry, examination or cleaning. When you holster a gun properly, lay it on a table, or store it properly, the gun poses no danger to anyone. Gun handling creates that risk. This rule of keeping the muzzle (front) pointing in a safe direction applies in self-defense, practice and daily handling. The muzzle of a firearm shall never point at anything you are not willing to destroy. If you are not willing to take a human life, do not point the muzzle at a person, including yourself! Do not allow the muzzle to point at your extremities, for example using both hands to re-holster your firearm. This is an unsafe practice. A well-designed hostler will accommodate one-handed holstering, so avoid holsters which collapse after withdrawing the gun. Safe Dry-fire practice with an empty gun at home is a good habit and highly recommended.

RULE 3: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET

gun safetyRule 3 is violated when any uneducated person handles a firearm. Since the hand naturally tries to work as a unit – as in grasping – separating the function of the trigger-finger from the rest of the hand takes effort. This firearm safety rule covers when drawing your gun, or picking it up, place your “trigger finger”, your index finger, straight along the side of the gun frame. Do NOT allow your finger to move into the trigger guard until you have your target sighted. Never fire a shot until you superimpose you sights on the target and make the decision to fire. Allowing your finger to settle inside the trigger guard before you are ready to shoot is extremely dangerous.

Once you move the gun sights off of the target, the trigger-finger leaves the trigger and straightens alongside the frame once again. Under stress, and with the finger prematurely placed on the trigger, an unexpected movement, misstep or surprise could result in a negligent discharge. This rule applies any time you handle a gun. Practice placing your trigger finger extended along the frame to help minimize the natural tendency to slide the finger into the trigger guard. Please remember that safety requires that you keep your finger off the trigger when posing for photographs.

 

RULE 4: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEHIND IT

woman on target

The last firearm safety rule: Know what your target is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it.

Never shoot at anything you have not positively identified. Remember – in many cases, the bullet does not stop with your target and can pass through both interior and exterior walls. In self-defense situations, always be aware of what or who may be behind your target and then assess the risk of hitting an innocent bystander. You may need to adjust your line of fire to avoid hitting others. You must assess the deadly threat from your attacker with the deadly threat from your bullets to others. Be keenly aware of your surroundings, whether on the range or in a life-threatening altercation. Do not assume anything.

Find out more about safety in are safety section of the website: Firearm Safety

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2 thoughts on “Firearm Safety Rules

  1. Trevor Hall says:

    My wife and I want to purchase a firearm soon so that we can protect our home from intruders. There have been a few break-ins lately and I don’t want that to happen to us without protection. I’ll always remember to assume the gun is loaded so I don’t treat it improperly.

  2. Lyla Peterson says:

    It’s good to know that you should keep your finger off of the trigger until you have your target sighted. I have been considering going to a recreational shooting range with my father for his birthday. I will keep these safety tips in mind to ensure nothing is damaged or injured.

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