These are the original gun safety rules from Jeff Cooper, the NRA has revised these rules leaving out number one because they claim confusion while cleaning a firearm or dry firing a firearm but even in those instances I teach and practice rule number 1.
My uncle who taught me gun safety and gave me my passion for firearms had an AD (accidental discharge) while cleaning his 22 rifles, and put a bullet (the projectile part of a cartridge) through my grandmother’s ceiling. If he had not practiced number one there might not have been such a good outcome as a hole in grandmothers ceiling. By the way there was never a firearm allowed in gramma’s house again, at deer hunting time there was a rifle rack outside the front door with all bolts open with no magazines in firearms. We still managed to shoot a few deer in the hay field in front of the house during lunch.
Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules:
- All guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
If you treat every firearm as loaded your muzzle (the end of the barrel that the bullet comes out of) will never cover (be pointed at) anything you are not willing to destroy (kill).
If you treat every firearm as loaded your finger will never be on the trigger until you are engaging your target.
If you treat every firearm as loaded you will be sure of your target and what is beyond. This rule needs some paying attention to and a little further thought process. In light of all the handgun purchases for self-protection this rule is not thought out by the novice gun owner. The bullet (which is the proper term for the projectile that leaves a firearm when the trigger is squeezed) can penetrate and pass through human tissue. If you are forced to use deadly force you are responsible for that bullet that has just left your firearm. If you miss your target and hit something or someone else you will be held accountable. Just because your life or the life of someone else was in imminent danger will not matter you will pay a price. That is why at U Build Rifle Company we stress training, practice, and sincere considerable thinking if you have made a decision to purchase a firearm for personal protection. It is my sincere prayer that no one will ever be forced to use any firearm that is purchased from us for any reason other than for the enjoyment of shooting.