1) All Firearms Are Loaded
There are no exceptions. Don’t pretend that this is true. Know that it is and handle all firearms accordingly.
Do not believe it when someone says: “It isn’t loaded.”
2) Never Let The Muzzle Of A Firearm Point At Anything
You Are Not Willing To Destroy
If you would not want to see a bullet hole in it do not allow a firearm’s muzzle to point at it. EVER!
3) Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger
Unless Your Sights Are On The Target and the decision to shoot has been made
Danger abounds if you keep your finger on the trigger when you are not about to shoot.
Speed is not gained by prematurely placing your finger on the trigger as bringing a firearm
to bear on a target takes more time than it takes to move your finger to the trigger.
4) Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It
Never shoot at sounds or a target you cannot positively identify. Know what is in line
with the target and what is behind it (bullets are designed to go through things).
Be aware of your surroundings whether on a range, in the woods, or in a potentially lethal conflict.