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.



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!"