Safety is the common thread in all Indiana Firearms Training classes

Firearms Safety
Safety, by far, is the most important part of firearms and shooting:
  • Handling firearms safely
  • Loading, reloading, and unloading firearms safely
  • Shooting firearms safely
  • Cleaning firearms safely
  • Storing firearms safely
  • Firearms for personal safety
  • Legal safety

Basic Firearms Safety Rules:

  If you are carrying a handgun, leave it in its holster! Do not touch it
  or draw it to do "Show and Tell."  It is not cool.  It is stupid and dangerous!

    Assume all guns loaded unless you, personally have just cleared them!

    Always keep the gun's muzzle pointed in the safest direction.  No exceptions!

   Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. ====>

    Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Three more:

   Treat all guns as loaded.  Never handle a firearm that you cannot "clear."
   Store all guns to be inaccessible to unauthorized persons.
   Always be sure of your target and what is beyond.

The first two rules are critical to avoid catastrophic negligent discharges:
1.   Always be totally aware of where the gun's muzzle is pointed.  Never "sweep" anything you would not want destroyed.
2.   Keep your finger off the trigger and alongside the frame until the sights are on target and you are ready to shoot.

Now, here's the hard part:  Immediately after shooting, move your finger off the trigger and back alongside the frame!
Practice those first two rules religiously, and you will avoid a catastrophic negligent discharge.
Unloading the Semi-automatic pistol safely
Many negligent discharges are caused by incorrectly unloading semi-automatic pistols.

Always remove the magazine first!

Then "rack" the slide to remove a chambered round, if any, and lock the slide back.
Finally, visually inspect the chamber to verify it is empty.

If you rack the slide first, it will simply chamber a fresh round from the magazine.
If you, then, remove the magazine, the gun is still loaded.

Always remove the magazine first!
Defensive Firearm Safety
A defensive firearm is an awesome responsibility.

The defensive firearm must be the tool of last resort.
By far the best way to prevail in a violent encounter is to avoid it in the first place!
The costs of deploying deadly force are extreme, including:
  • Legal costs, which will be in the tens of thousands of dollars
  • Emotional and psychological damage
  • Reputation costs in the neighborhood and community
  • Possible loss of job
  • Threats and retaliation

Whether in the home or outside the home, using a firearm should be the absolute last resort.
While it is best to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it, avoid needing it
if at all possible.

Remember, the defensive firearm is the tool of absolute last resort!
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Phone:  260-459-2382      Fort Wayne,  Indiana 
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Store All Guns and Ammo to be Inaccessible to Unauthorized Persons!

A few of many, many ghastly examples causing serious injury or death

September 24, 2011: Logansport, IN, Eleven-year-old girl shoots fourteen-year-old sister in the head with a 20 ga. shotgun while “playing CSI,” when the parents were not home.  The victim did survive.

July 21, 2011:  Cedar Lake, Indiana, 4-year-old boy shoots self dead with handgun negligently left where he could access it in a liquor store (what is a 4-year-old boy doing wandering around in a liquor store?)
Note:  this is seven such shootings and five deaths in Indiana alone is just a little more than two years
Three children shot dead in less than a month!
Totally unacceptable and totally preventable.

July 13, 2011:  Connersville, Indiana, 5-year-old boy shoots and kills his 2-year-old brother with a handgun negligently left where he could access it.  Reports state the boy got the gun out of a gun box before fatally shooting his toddler brother in the head at home.  The mother was at home at the time.

June 30, 2011:  Martinsville, Indiana, 11-year-old boy shoots and kills his 6-year-old brother with .22 negligently left where he could access it.  Shooter charged with murder.  Parents may be charged with neglect of dependent and-or dangerous control of firearm.

June 13, 2011:  Staunton, Indiana, eight-year-old boy shoots nine-year-old sister at home with a handgun negligently left where he could access it.  The girl, who was shot in the leg, is expected to survive.

May, 2011:  Telferner, Texas, five-year-old boy playing with a bolt-action rifle shoots and kills his four-year-old brother while both parents are at home.

February, 2011:  Franklin County, Indiana, Sheriff's deputy leaves a loaded handgun where his children can access it.  His twin, four-year-old boys find the gun, and one boy is shot dead.

November, 2010:  Logansport, Indiana, six-year-old girl is shot in the head with a BB gun by a three-year-old boy, who found the loaded gun in a closet.  The shot penetrated her skull, and she almost died.  She has lost all hearing on that side of her head and 40 percent of all her speech capability.  She will never fully recover.

July, 2009:  Las Vegas, Nevada, a five-year-old son found his father's gun while they were both in the car, shot himself in the head and died.

April, 2009:  Crawford County, Indiana, Sheriff's deputy was in his bedroom with his wife and two-year-old daughter, and he placed his handgun where his stepdaughter could easily access it.  She picked up the gun, looked down the barrel, and shot herself in the head, killing her instantly.

ALWAYS  store all guns to be inaccessible to unauthorized persons