Firearm Safety

12 Steps of Safety

  1. Handle all firearms as if they were loaded.
  2. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Keep your finger out of the gun's trigger guard and off the trigger until you have aligned the gun's sights on a safe target and you have made the decision to fire.
  4. Always be certain that your target and the surrounding area are safe before firing.
  5. Whenever you handle a firearm, the first thing you should do (while keeping it pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard) is to open the action to determine whether or not the firearm is loaded.
  6. Thoroughly read the instruction manual supplied with your firearm.
  7. Before firing your weapon, you should routinely make sure that your firearm is in good working order and that the barrel is clear of dirt and obstructions.
  8. Only use ammunition recommended by the firearm manufacturer, and always be certain that the ammunition matches the caliber of your gun.
  9. Quality ear and eye protection should always be worn when shooting or observing.
  10. Never use firearms while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  11. All firearms should be stored unloaded and secured in a safe storage case, inaccessible to children and untrained adults.
  12. The transportation of firearms is regulated by Federal, State and local laws. Always transport your firearm in a safe, unloaded condition and in accordance with applicable laws. 


10 Commandments of Firearm Safety

1st Commandment - Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2nd Commandment - Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.

3rd Commandment - Don't rely on your gun's safety.

4th Commandment - Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.

5th Commandment - Use Proper Ammunition.

6th Commandment - If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.

7th Commandment - Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.

8th Commandment - Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.

9th Commandment - Unless you are a factory trained gunsmith, don't alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.

10th Commandment - Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.