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The 4 Most Important, Unofficial Gun Safety Rules

The 4 Most Important, Unofficial Gun Safety Rules

November 10, 2018

If you own a gun, you know there is more to shooting than just aim, sight, fire. Safety is a huge part of gun ownership, which is what the team at Rail Scales wants to share with you today. In this article, we’re going to cover the four most important, unofficial gun safety rules. Not only will these rules help keep you safe, but they will also give you the foundation to teach others how to be safe, too.

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Four Gun Safety Rules

Before we get started sharing these gun safety rules, we want to share a bit of history with you. These rules come from, in part, Colonel Jeff Cooper, who is deemed the father of Modern Technique of handgun shooting. Regularly, these were the rules that he kept for himself and those he worked with. Here are the four gun safety rules:

#1. All Guns Are Always Loaded

The goal of this rule is to develop safe habits around guns. Also, this rule is not an assumption; it should be an expectation for gun owners and handlers. Each and every gun you see, handle, or hear is loaded, always — no exceptions. You don’t want to be swinging your gun around like Stallone in “Rambo.” It’s loaded. Anything could happen. Instead, you want to remain safe with your guns.

#2. Never Aim The Muzzle At What You Do Not Want To Destroy

You are right, the guns do not fire themselves, but you will also have to agreed that rifles destroy whatever they do fire at. With this in mind, accidents do happen, and it’s much better to be safe than sorry — to use a cliche. Furthermore, hold the assumption that if a gun can fire that it will fire. This means no “playing” by pointing the gun at people as a joke. Also, be aware of where your muzzle swings as you carry it around.

#3. The Trigger Is For Sighted Targets Only

Keep your finger off the trigger until your target is sighted and you are ready to fire. Anytime before this exact moment is considered irresponsible gun management. Remember, if your gun has a safety, it should be engaged until you are sighting your target. Triggers on guns are sensitive, and they can go off with even the slightest caress. This is why it’s important to always keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.

#4. Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Beyond It

Once you sight your target, be sure it’s the one you’re aiming for. Also, if the target is true, make sure and understand what’s beyond your target. A bullet rarely stops at the target. You have to assume it will go through your target and continue until stopped otherwise. Anything beyond your target, within the trajectory of your shot, is in danger. As a general rule, whatever is your sights is at risk.

How To Learn More About Gun Safety


These are only four rules of the dozens that exist in relation to guns. If you own a gun, you must remain diligent in your handling, maintenance, and use to make sure you and those around you stay safe. If you want to learn more about gun safety, you can search the internet, or you can check out this Firearms Safety page from the NSSF.

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