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safety rules!

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I had another intersting experience while teaching the other night. One that occurs all too often!! :x
We were finishing class with a little competition shoot. Between relays, I went down range to adjust the steal plates. When I turned around, I saw this giant 1911 barrell pointing right at me, the owner looking down at it as he inserted a fresh mag, and the slide was forward; I run a hot range.... I assume one was in the chamber... :shock:

Whether your attending a class or just out shooting for fun... Please take the time to KNOW and FOLLOW the 4 main safety rules! I've seen people shoot themselves, and Ive been shot at while at the range.... all could have been avoided by following these simple rules!!!

From Mr. Jeff Cooper

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.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target. - 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.

Remember, safety is a state of mind, not mechanics! Take nothing for granted!
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When someone is checking or changing targets. Everyone must affirmatively acknowledge downrange rules in effect.
Stand behind firing line and No one is to handle any firearms or benched equipment during the target check change
W. Clark Aposhian
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