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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The first three rules are critical to avoid catastrophic negligent discharges.                               Watch the video

 

Some more:

 

  • 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.

 

If you carry 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 both stupid and dangerous!

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—at least twice—to remove any chambered round; then, 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!

The sequence is critical.

DON'T DO THIS!

 

Defensive Firearm Safety

A defensive firearm is 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 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

 

The defensive firearm is the tool of absolute last resort!

 

"Let's be careful out there!"