Firearms Safety Rules

Basic Firearms Safety Rules

There are no accidental discharges, only negligent discharges. All firearm accidents violate one or more of the first four safety rules listed below:

1. Treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
A firearm offers no guarantee that it is unloaded therefore, always treat each firearm with respect, i.e., follow all the safety rules.

2. Keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
Control the direction of your firearm's muzzle at all times by pointing it in a safe direction.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
You are ready to shoot only when your sights are on the target, and not before!

4. Never pull the trigger unless you are sure of your target and what's beyond.
Always be positive of your target and what is behind it prior to pulling the trigger.

5. Never load a firearm until ready to use it.
Don't load your firearm until you are ready to shoot - and unload as soon as you are finished.

6. Make sure the ammunition matches the firearm.
Double check your ammunition to make sure it matches the gauge or caliber of the firearm.

7. Always make sure the barrel is free of obstructions.
Before loading, check for obstructions in the barrel.

8. Never take chances with a loaded firearm.
Unload your firearm before attempting to remove it from the firing line or return it to its case.

9. Never rely on your firearm's safety.
A safety is a mechanical device, it could fail at any time.

10. Never mix alchohol or other drugs and firearms.
Alcohol and drugs impair judgment; never consume either before or during target practice.