The 4 Gun Rules That You Need To Know

roundzThese rules exist for a reason, make sure you learn them implicitly. Ingrain these rules into your psyche and muscle memory. Train everyone you teach to shoot these rules.

  1. ALWAYS treat every weapon as if it is loaded
  2. NEVER put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire
  3. NEVER point the weapon at anything that you don’t intend to DESTROY or KILL
  4. ALWAYS be sure of your target and what lies beyond it

All gun accidents, especially those that injure or kill, break one of these rules. I have never known of an “accidental” gun discharge that didn’t break one of these rules.

It is possible to have what’s known as a “cook off,” where the barrel is so hot that the heat ignites the powder, or for a malfunction that causes the gun to misfire. It does happen. However, following these rules means that no one will get hurt should that occur.

When I take a new shooter to the range, they don’t get to handle any firearm until they memorize these rules. And then, they are strictly enforced throughout the training session.

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