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Four Rules of Gun Safety

For me “treat all firearms as if they’re loaded” is rule #1.

If you always and truly do that, then you can’t help but keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger, and consider your target and what’s beyond.

IMO, it’s when people assume their gun is unloaded that they make the other mistakes.
 

C. Sumpin

Master Class
Every firearm is always loaded.......no matter who has handled it.

Not going to give you all my pedigree in firearms but been involved a long time in many levels. Used to spend entire days at the range. Armorer. Range Officer at matches. Competitor. Every once in a while I get to thinking I'm pretty good. And sometimes I enjoy just sitting at the safe and appraising and fondling my pieces. One day, doing just that, I picked out one of my AR's, was giving her an inspection and appreciation and after a bit, and for no particular reason, pulled the charging handle back. And a live round ejected! And, the safety was off! Now if I had any pride at all I would not admit this but I had to be the guilty party because no one else had handled or had access to my stuff! And I never put a gun in the safe unless it was in safe mode; no magazine and nothing in the chamber. All ammo was kept in another safe. I was dumbfounded and took a while to absorb the implications. If a person of my experience and expertise could do this then.............anyone can have an oversight/accident! But I had followed the rules of keeping my finger off the trigger/the piece pointed in a safe direction. What I failed to do (because of my confidence/methodical storage protocol) was to assume the weapon was loaded and check that it was clear.

Just say'in. Every firearm is loaded and must be made safe. Even when you know it is.
 

Bassbob

Ronin
Every firearm is always loaded.......no matter who has handled it.

Not going to give you all my pedigree in firearms but been involved a long time in many levels. Used to spend entire days at the range. Armorer. Range Officer at matches. Competitor. Every once in a while I get to thinking I'm pretty good. And sometimes I enjoy just sitting at the safe and appraising and fondling my pieces. One day, doing just that, I picked out one of my AR's, was giving her an inspection and appreciation and after a bit, and for no particular reason, pulled the charging handle back. And a live round ejected! And, the safety was off! Now if I had any pride at all I would not admit this but I had to be the guilty party because no one else had handled or had access to my stuff! And I never put a gun in the safe unless it was in safe mode; no magazine and nothing in the chamber. All ammo was kept in another safe. I was dumbfounded and took a while to absorb the implications. If a person of my experience and expertise could do this then.............anyone can have an oversight/accident! But I had followed the rules of keeping my finger off the trigger/the piece pointed in a safe direction. What I failed to do (because of my confidence/methodical storage protocol) was to assume the weapon was loaded and check that it was clear.

Just say'in. Every firearm is loaded and must be made safe. Even when you know it is.
Well it can happen to anyone. I don't consider that a breach though. Your finger is off the trigger, weapon pointed in a safe direction and per your training you already assumed that weapon WAS loaded.

The ARs in my safe are never supposed to have a chambered round, because I don't deploy them in a home defense situation. At least not a burglary or home invasion scenario. I do have some loaded mags on the shelf next to them. I have other loaded guns in the safe though. One shotgun is loaded, made ready, safety on and 4 or 5 of the handguns have full mags, but empty chambers. I have readied firearms outside of the safes for immediate deployment, but in the event those in the safes are needed for whatever unlikely, crazy situation I see no reason to have to spend time loading mags. The safety rules always apply. ALL guns are loaded. That one is important because there's a fair chance they actually are. I also don't have kids at home and never allow people to roam freely in my house. I have two rooms with security doors and locks and in the unlikely event we would ever have company over for any period of time, any weapons outside those rooms would be removed and secured. I'll also note that I have been a journeyman carpenter since I was 20 years old and a contractor for 25 years ( until I got my current cush gig about 9 years ago) and when my house flooded in '17 I rebuilt it. As in gutted and rebuilt, literally in it's entirety excepting exterior walls. I only mention that to point out that the odds of anyone ever finding a weapon I have strategically deployed in my home, even with hours of time to look, are extremely, EXTREMELY small. Just a little disclaimer in the event someone assumes I am an idiot. Which frankly happens a lot. :)
 

KASHIRA-3

Elite
I only mention that to point out that the odds of anyone ever finding a weapon I have strategically deployed in my home, even with hours of time to look, are extremely, EXTREMELY small.

You are likely fooling yourself. People often think they are crafty and smart and perhaps they are. That said, its doesnt take much more than a little experience in hiding things or finding hidden things to develop a good operational framework regarding the finding of hidden items within a home. Unless the retrieving of your hidden weapon is a physically arduous task or an architecturally hidden alcove, it will likely be found in very short order. Criminals who shake down homes as an occupation will probably find your hidden spaces inside of 6 minutes. You can scoff if you want. good luck
 

KillerFord1977

Hellcat
Founding Member
Forgive me, because this is foul, but My dad told me this for trigger discipline…

“You dont stick your finger in your A$$ ( being nice) when you wipe your butt. It stays away. “

Trigger is the same way.
Keep your finger away from the (backside) and you won’t have any unpleasant surprises

Rule #1: keep your bugger hooker away from the got damn trigger !!!!

Non negotiable !!!
 
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