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  JUST a few Common Sense SAFETY TIPS
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GOLDEN RULE of firearm safety: always treat a firearm as if it is loaded!  If you are not sure of how to empty, load, and fire a weapon  - stop, don't  take any chances, and ask someone for some basic instruction.


Common Sense Rules

Rule #1 - It is your responsibility, whenever you pickup a weapon or one is handed to you, to always make sure the firearm is unloadedUnload WeaponThat is, for a pistol 1) 1st make sure the magazine is removed, 2) pull the slide to the rear, and lock it back 3) look into the chamber to make sure a round is not left in the chamber, and for a revolver 1) open the cylinder, and 2) look into the cylinder chambers to make sure rounds are not left in the chambers.

Remember, you didn't think the weapon was unloaded - you actually followed the above procedures to insure your safety and that of others.   

WARNING – When working with a pistol - DO NOT check the chamber before removing the magazine!!! Pulling the slide back first to check the chamber is empty then removing the magazine will load a round into the chamber if the magazine is loaded.  The firearm that you thought you rendered it safe is actually LOADED.



Rule #2 -
It is your responsibility
, whenever you pickup a weapon or one is handed to you, Finger off the Triggerto always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.   The finger should be placed outside the trigger guard along side the frame.

Remember, a weapon, in good mechanical repair, by itself posses no threat.  It takes an individual to pull that trigger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Rule #3 - It is your responsibility, whenever you pickup a weapon or one is handed to you,
Safe Directionto always keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction.  Common sense tells you which direction is safe; at the range it is down range, at home, generally speaking, up, and not at people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   


Rule #4 -
It is your responsibility
, whenever you pickup a weapon or one is
Beyond Targethanded to you, to always know your target and what is beyond.  Never point your weapon at a target you do not intend to destroy.
 
 
 
 

















Final Thought
There are many guides which apply to firearm safety.  If you remember that carelessness and ignorance are the two (2) major causes to firearm related accidents and work to overcoming them through continued firearm education and a common sense approach to safety -  you will become a safer shooter.
 
 
 
 
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