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Updated: May 15, 2020

Firearm 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

  • PERSONAL safety

  • LEGAL safety

"Safety is the common thread in all Indiana Firearms Training classes."

​​Basic Firearms Safety Rules:

  • All guns are always 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 and alongside the frame until ready to shoot. Now, here's the hard part: Immediately after shooting, move your finger off the trigger and back alongside the frame!

The first three rules are critical to avoid catastrophic negligent discharges.                               More Rules:

  • Always keep guns inaccessible to unauthorized persons--especially children.

  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond.

  • Never handle a firearm that you cannot "clear."

  • Never tell anyone a gun is unloaded, and...

  • Never believe anyone who says a gun is unloaded--you must check it.

Unloading the Semi-Automatic Pistol Safely:

  • Always remove the magazine first.

  • Then "rack" the slide—at least twice—to remove any chambered round; then, lock the slide back.

  • Finally, visually and physically 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. The sequence is critical.

Defensive Firearm Safety

Never tell anyone a gun is unloaded, and...

Never do Show & Tell. Only un-holster your weapon when it is time to use it.

A defensive firearm comes with an awesome responsibility.

The defensive firearm is the tool of absolute last resort.

The best way to prevail in a violent encounter is to avoid it in the first place!

The costs of deploying deadly force can be extreme.

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