We all know the 4 basic rules of gun safety. Briefly:
That thing is loaded, even when it ain’t
Don’t point it at anything that you don’t mean to kill or destroy
Keep your booger picker off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot
Positive ID your target and know what’s behind it
I’d bet most of us have a fifth or sixth rule. Maybe a best practice, or perhaps a personal rule or something you learned from a trusted mentor. What are your fifth rules?
Yup. Had a friend many years ago who loved to hunt, but he couldn’t control where the muzzle was pointed. I dislike staring down the barrel of a 12 bore, and after a few hunts and numerous reminders to “watch you muzzle” I decided I’d rather not hunt with him. We are still friends but do not go hunting or shooting together.
My 5th Rule: Don’t be “That Guy”. We all know and have observed him or her doing something unsafe or foolish.
Example: “Oh wow, look at what that guy is doing on lane 12.” Lol
Another possible rule, my favorite, is: “It all begins and ends with giving a damn”.