There are a lot of variations on the gun safety rules, but they all have a lot of similarities. I typically stick to one version when I’m teaching, but I’ve been introduced to a number of versions.
Even though I’m NRA Certified, I use the NSSF rules…Although for #4 I use “be sure of your target and what’s beyond” just to be clear to the person I’m instructing.
I agree with @JamesR.
I keep in mind NSSF rules with different #4 (be sure of your target and what’s beyond).
I’ve learned these from Youtube channels, long time before I touched first gun.
Then I’ve heard these rules all over again on every classes and whenever I practice with my kids.
My grandfather taught me these simple rules.
- gun pointed in a safe direction.
- know your target and what’s behind it.
- only shoot something you’re willing to destroy or kill.
- only put your finger one the trigger when you’re ready to fire.
And 5) a clean weapon is a happy weapon.
I learned from my dad, a former Marine marksman:
Never trust your memory or what someone tells you about a gun being loaded. ALWAYS CHECK. EVERY TIME. (Emphasis his.)
Never point a weapon at anything you don’t want to hit with a bullet.
Always be absolutely certain of your target AND what you might hit if you miss.
NEVER touch the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
Keep your weapon clean.
I agree with @Jerzy, I love the 5th Rule! I would think that a clean gun is helpful for safety as well as there are less chances of issues.
This is true, plus cleaning my firearms is actually a calming thing to do for me… well until this battle with the 1911, but I adapted and overcame for the win… lol
This is a kind of loop… To use rule #5, you have to follow rules #1 - 4
Yes it is, but it’s a good loop to be in.