NSSF | Firearm Safety First, Last, Always

December 28, 2020

While at the shooting range or anywhere you handle a firearm, safety always comes first. There are ten commandments to firearm safety and the first four are the big ones.

  1. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Always keep firearm unloaded until ready to use it.
  4. Know your target and what’s beyond it.
  5. Use correct ammunition.
  6. If your firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction, unload, and inspect it.
  7. Always wear eye and ear protection when on the range.
  8. With the firearm unloaded, be sure the barrel is clear of obstruction before shooting. Never look down the muzzle end of a firearm that you are shooting.
  9. Don’t alter or modify your firearm, and have it serviced regularly.
  10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.

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