Firearm Safety Rules

There are several firearm safety rules that we have al grown up with. As good as they are, they typically are geared for the use of the firearm. Here we have broken them out a little further to handling, at the range, and working on firearms. Combined, they will help you stay safe when around firearms. 

Handling:

  1. Every firearm is loaded… Always
  2. Always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Always keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Keep them unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  5. Never leave a loaded firearm unattended
  6. Never point a firearm at anything you don’t intend to destroy.
  7. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  8. Learn how to use the firearm properly beforehand.
  9. Always use proper Ammunition for the firearm.
  10. Be sure the barrel of the firearm is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  11. If the firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction for a few seconds and then carefully unload the firearm.
  12. Don’t rely on the safety to keep it from going off.
  13. Be aware of your environment so that you don’t slip, trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire at anyone or anything.
  14. Be sure that your firearm is safe to use and use proper cleaning and maintenance techniques.
  15. Never handle a firearm under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Range and Shooting Safety:

  1. Remember all the rules of firearm handling.
  2. Always follow range specific rules.
  3. If there is a Range Officer, always follow their commands
  4. Fire at targets and not signs, posts or target stands.
  5. Always use ear and eye protection.
  6. Maintain awareness of your surroundings, just because you are being safe doesn’t mean that others are.

Gunsmithing:

  1. Remember all the rules of firearm handling.
  2. Keep ammunition out of the area that you are working on the firearm in.
  3. Work with chemicals in a well-ventilated area with proper Personal Protection Equipment. 
  4. Use eye protection when working with springs.
  5. Never allow someone to use a firearm that you worked on that you personally wouldn’t use after your work is completed.