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    CRITICAL GUN
    SAFETY RULES

    For Firearm Training, Shooting & Gun Handling

    ESSENTIAL GUN SAFETY

    For Firearm Training & Gun Handling 

    FIREARM SAFETY

    4 Critical Safety Rules

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    4 critical safety rules

    The four essential firearm safety rules must be applied to all aspects of firearm training and gun handling.  This includes not just shooting and training, but also cleaning, storing, loading, unloading, transporting and handling.  A complete and thorough understanding of the firearm safety rules are critically important  for all gun owners and especially for concealed carry citizens. Whenever you are around guns, shooting guns, or handling guns, these firearm safety rules are absolutely critical to ensuring the safety and survival of you, or anyone else, that could end up in the path of a negligent or accidental discharge.

    Rule #1 —Assume and treat firearms as if they are loaded and dangerous until you have personally inspected or cleared it yourself.  This rule is fundamental to firearms safety and it doesn’t just apply to the weapon, or weapons, you personally own and use. Any and all weapons you encounter must be respected and treated with this mindfulness and precaution. Unless you have personally inspected the firearm, do not accept someone’s word that the weapon is unloaded or safe to be handledMany gun related accidents happen with an 'unloaded' weapon.

    Rule #2 —Do not point the muzzle of your firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy, including your own body, hands and feet.  Also known as Muzzle Discipline, this firearms safety rule ensures that if the weapon is accidentally or negligently discharged, the muzzle of the weapon will not be pointed in a direction that could hit, wound or kill someone, including yourself.  A good habit to develop regardless of the type of weapon you are handling, including replica pistols and airsoft, is to treat it like a live firearm and keep your finger out of the trigger and be aware of the muzzle direction.

    Rule #3 —Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you have identified your target, have a legal right to fire and have made a conscious decision to shoot.  Critical points to emphasize with this firearm safety rule are identifying threats and making a conscious decision to press the trigger and fire your weapon.  Without target identification and a legal right to fire it would be advisable to keep your finger off the trigger.  This is one of the frequently neglected firearm safety rules we see on the range.  This firearm safety rule should be trained to the point it becomes a subconscious level task. We teach a basic tenet regarding this rule. When your muzzle, sights and eyes are connected to the target, your finger can connect to the trigger.  When your eyes, muzzle or sights disconnect your trigger finger must also disconnect

    Rule #4 —Be sure of your target and aware of what is in front, behind and surrounding that target before firing your weapon.  In home defense and everyday carry situations it is critical that you take into account what you would hit if your bullet overpenetrated or missed your intended target.  You are legally liable for every round that leaves your weapon, regardless of the intent you had when firing.  At the range it can be easy to lose sight of this rule because there are berms to catch your bullets and static targets that don't shoot back.  Just know that in real world situations there will likely be dynamic movement, innocent bystanders and bad guys who will be fighting back against you.  It's worth repeating—you are legally accountable for every round that leaves your gun.  Shoot wisely. 

    It is critical for you to develop the instinctual ability to safely operate, carry and deploy your firearm on a subconscious level. Keep in mind, the only place you'll encounter a static target, is at the shooting range. Everywhere else on the planet, your target, or targets, will likely be in motion and doing the same things you are doing. In a critical self-defense incident, you won't have time to remember the firearm safety rules, you will only have time to react and fight. The 4 Firearm Safety Rules must be embedded into your subconscious and should always influence the way you view, handle and operate your firearm.
    The four essential firearm safety rules must be applied to all aspects of firearm training and gun handling.  This includes not just shooting and training, but also cleaning, storing, loading, unloading, transporting and handling.  A complete and thorough understanding of the firearm safety rules are critically important  for all gun owners and especially for concealed carry citizens. Whenever you are around guns, shooting guns, or handling guns, these firearm safety rules are absolutely critical to ensuring the safety and survival of you, or anyone else, that could end up in the path of a negligent or accidental discharge.

    Rule #1 —Assume and treat firearms as if they are loaded and dangerous until you have personally inspected or cleared it yourself.  This rule is fundamental to firearms safety and it doesn’t just apply to the weapon, or weapons, you personally own and use. Any and all weapons you encounter must be respected and treated with this mindfulness and precaution. Unless you have personally inspected the firearm, do not accept someone’s word that the weapon is unloaded or safe to be handledMany gun related accidents happen with an 'unloaded' weapon.

    Rule #2 —Do not point the muzzle of your firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy, including your own body, hands and feet.  Also known as Muzzle Discipline, this firearms safety rule ensures that if the weapon is accidentally or negligently discharged, the muzzle of the weapon will not be pointed in a direction that could hit, wound or kill someone, including yourself.  A good habit to develop regardless of the type of weapon you are handling, including replica pistols and airsoft, is to treat it like a live firearm and keep your finger out of the trigger and be aware of the muzzle direction.


    Rule #3 —Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you have identified your target, have a legal right to fire and have made a conscious decision to shoot.  Critical points to emphasize with this firearm safety rule are identifying threats and making a conscious decision to press the trigger and fire your weapon.  Without target identification and a legal right to fire it would be advisable to keep your finger off the trigger.  This is one of the frequently neglected firearm safety rules we see on the range.  This firearm safety rule should be trained to the point it becomes a subconscious level task. We teach a basic tenet regarding this rule. When your muzzle, sights and eyes are connected to the target, your finger can connect to the trigger.  When your eyes, muzzle or sights disconnect your trigger finger must also disconnect

    Rule #4 —Be sure of your target and aware of what is in front, behind and surrounding that target before firing your weapon.  In home defense and everyday carry situations it is critical that you take into account what you would hit if your bullet overpenetrated or missed your intended target.  You are legally liable for every round that leaves your weapon, regardless of the intent you had when firing.  At the range it can be easy to lose sight of this rule because there are berms to catch your bullets and static targets that don't shoot back.  Just know that in real world situations there will likely be dynamic movement, innocent bystanders and bad guys who will be fighting back against you.  It's worth repeating—you are legally accountable for every round that leaves your gun.  Shoot wisely. 

    It is critical for you to develop the instinctual ability to safely operate, carry and deploy your firearm on a subconscious level. Keep in mind, the only place you'll encounter a static target, is at the shooting range. Everywhere else on the planet, your target, or targets, will likely be in motion and doing the same things you are doing. In a critical self-defense incident, you won't have time to remember the firearm safety rules, you will only have time to react and fight. The 4 Firearm Safety Rules must be embedded into your subconscious and should always influence the way you view, handle and operate your firearm.
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    23 Comments

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      Robert Hickman
      #4 very important as I have recently graduated from Citizen's Academy Alamance County Sheriff Dept. We used the electronic shooting range using real life situations. It was telling on how people shot before assessing the entire scenario. Many would have been shot at or killed an innocent person.
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        Instructor Stewart
        So true Robert. ID'ing a threat before squeezing that trigger is absolutely imperative! Often lost at the range is the extreme stress and dynamic movement that will accompany a real world self-defense shooting.
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      Latanya Blackman
      Looking forward to the class
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        Instructor Stewart
        Looking forward to having you in class!
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      Isaac Christian
      Looking forward to the class! Thanks for this!
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        Instructor Stewart
        Thanks for the feedback Isaac. Looking forward to having you in class!
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        Instructor Stewart
        Thanks for the comment Clifton!
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        Instructor Stewart
        We appreciate the comment Stephon!
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      Chalmers L. McDougald
      Thanks for the training advice!
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        Instructor Stewart
        Glad you found it valuable Chalmers!
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      peter moceo
      I'm looking forward to getting proper training.
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        Instructor Stewart
        Well you came to the right place sir! Thanks for the comment
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      Hannah Adegboye
      Thanks so much for this training.
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        Instructor Stewart
        You are welcome.. Thanks for leaving us a comment Hannah!
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      Joseph Kolb
      Looking forward to the class
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        Instructor Stewart
        Cheers Joseph, we are looking forward to helping you get your permit sir!
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        Instructor Stewart
        Thanks for the feedback sir
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      Ryan Knudson
      Great points that are often, unfortunately, glossed over or ignored. Thanks!
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        Instructor Stewart
        We appreciate the comment Ryan. You are right, firearm safety is often overlooked or glossed over. We take firearm safety extremely seriously to ensure a professional and safe environment for our students and instructors!

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