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Firearms Safety

The Fundamentals of Firearm Safety

The vital four ACTS

Assume every firearm is loaded
Control the muzzle direction at all times
Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard
See that the firearm is unloaded - PROVE it safe

Point the firearm in the safest available direction
Remove all cartridges
Observe the chamber
Verify the feeding path
Examine the bore for obstructions

In addition: The gun commandments

These are not rules. Rules can be broken. These commandments are carved in stone!

  1. Treat every gun as though it is loaded - Not too hard. If you've walked away from the gun, do a quick check. Before you do anything drop the magazine, check the action and visually inspect the chamber

  2. Never ever point a gun at anything you don't want to kill or destroy - It's just a good habit: mainly because if you forget to do commandment #1, you at least reduce the risk of someone/something getting hurt

  3. Be sure of your target AND what's behind it as well - Aside from what you've seen on TV, bullets do not always stop once they hit their target. In reality they can continue on for kilometres after passing through something. Think of what happens if you miss your target!

  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire - easy enough to do. Almost completely removes the risk of accidentally firing

  5. Alcohol and drugs do not mix with guns - never handle a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and most drugs. Be watchful of cold and cough medicines. Many drugs can impair your sense of judgement

  6. DO NOT trust your gun safety. Safeties fail. Of course use them but don't use them as a substitute for good safety practices

Detailed Information and other sources about firearm safety can be found i.e. at Wikipedia

Downloadable PDFs regarding Safety

Range Rules for Leitches Creek Shooting Range

Range commands