Good one page set of basic gun range safety rules?


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bushmaster1313
October 4, 2010, 11:43 PM
I want to take some newbies shooting.

On the way to the range I want make them read a one page list of safety rules.

Is there a "10 Commandments" of Gun safety that I can print out?

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JoeMal
October 4, 2010, 11:49 PM
This might get you started

http://www.nrahq.org/education/guide.asp

bushmaster1313
October 5, 2010, 12:07 AM
The NRA brochure does not go far enough

What I want is something for newbies going to the range:

1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

2. Only point a gun at something you are willing to destroy.

3. Be sure of your target and know what lies behind it.

4. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target.

5. Never touch a gun when someone is down range.

6. If you get a misfire/dud, count to 15 before you clear the gun.

7. Leave gun cleared with action open when anyone is down range.

8. No horseplay.

9. If you get nervous or confused, stay calm ask for help.

10. Stop shooting if you get tired or cannot concentrate.

11. Make sure the ammo matches the gun's caliber/gauge.

12. Wear ear and eye protection.



Anything else?

-eaux-
October 5, 2010, 12:15 AM
Everything after the first 4 is redundant.

boil it down further:

1) Muzzle Control.

If you are ALWAYS practicing muzzle control, you can bet you're ahead of the curve.

twofifty
October 5, 2010, 12:16 AM
- check the barrel for obstructions before loading the gun.
- make sure the ammo matches the gun's caliber/gauge.
- wear ear and eye protection.
- know the range commands of the place you are shooting.
- do not fire at hard targets (steel) at close range, or at damaged/dished steel targets.
- be aware that bullets will ricochet in unpredictable ways.

bushmaster1313
October 5, 2010, 12:23 AM
- check the barrel for obstructions before loading the gun.

I do not want my newbies looking down the barrel of the guns I am bringing to see if they are clear.

shockwave
October 5, 2010, 12:29 AM
There are really only three rules. Most people can't remember more than 7 things at a time, so a 10-item list or something like that is just a waste.

Try the basic three safety rules:

1. Assume all guns are loaded until you know otherwise

2. Don't point the gun at anything you don't want to shoot

3. Know your target and your backstop

Those 3 overlap in a way that prevents accidents. The "finger off trigger" rule seems to be fairly new and it seems unnecessary to me if the above 3 are followed. But this new rule is popular and probably doesn't hurt new shooters. Still, I consider it an add-on and not part of the basic 3.

Seems like a lot of accidents result from people being blase, careless, jaded, unserious, etc. I don't know how you'd make a rule out of that, but the idea there is that one should never handle firearms in a casual way. Whenever you hold a gun, you should be careful and concentrate on what you're doing.

bushmaster1313
October 5, 2010, 12:32 AM
At my club's outdoor ranges: Do not handle a gun when anyone is down range.

At every indoor range I attend there is a hard and fast rule of no uncased guns outside the stalls.

taliv
October 5, 2010, 12:40 AM
there are "safety rules" and then there are "range rules" and then there is 'etiquette"

i think the four rules are simple enough to be quickly understood and followed. I would not confuse or alarm n00bs with talk of misfires and getting tired.

You should be there watching them to make sure they get the right ammo in the gun.

Let the range owner explain the local range rules. You should explain beforehand that the rules at every range are different. Range owners have their own personal preferences about everything from how the line is called hot and cold, to how to hang targets, to chamber flags, types of ammo, etc.

Help them to NOT confuse the four safety rules, with variable range rules.

and then etiquette is just "dude, don't touch gun nuts' stuff without asking. they will freak out and then talk about you on the intarwebs. and don't set the muzzle brake on your 50bmg right next to the 12 yr old girl."

bigfatdave
October 5, 2010, 01:10 AM
http://www.corneredcat.com/Teaching/newshooter.aspx

Get what you need from here.
Read everything on corneredcat's website for homework ... good reading for everyone, regardless of plumbing.

bigalexe
October 5, 2010, 01:14 AM
NRA RSO Handbook would be a good read. I would recommend that, and out of respect for them and their IP I am not going to scan it and post it here.

kingpin008
October 5, 2010, 12:59 PM
I do not want my newbies looking down the barrel of the guns I am bringing to see if they are clear.

I think what you mean is that you don't want your newbies looking down the barrel of a gun from the muzzle end to see if they're clear.

Teach them to look from the breech end, and that worry should be eliminated.

9mmepiphany
October 5, 2010, 01:32 PM
Those 3 overlap in a way that prevents accidents. The "finger off trigger" rule seems to be fairly new and it seems unnecessary to me if the above 3 are followed. But this new rule is popular and probably doesn't hurt new shooters. Still, I consider it an add-on and not part of the basic 3.

You might re-consider that, because when I was first taught the 3 rules (this was 40 years ago), it included finger off the trigger, but did not include know your backstop or what is behind your target

If I remember correctly, it was added as an expansion of don't point at anything you don't want to destroy.

The finger off the trigger rule is the first one I teach. If you follow that one and forget all the others, you may be considered rude and uninformed...but at least no one is in imminent danger

Claude Clay
October 5, 2010, 03:19 PM
4 basic to keep it simple and add

anyone can call a 'cease-fire' and what everyone with a gun has to do: engage safety (if their gun has one) and put_the_gun_down_immediatly

Mudinyeri
October 5, 2010, 03:19 PM
From my outdoor range's rules (in addition to the four basic rules):

Know and obey ALL range rules, commands, and Range Officer directions.

Projectile escape is one of our greatest dangers. Inadvertent discharge and an uncontrolled muzzle will contribute to this hazard. Always keep the muzzle pointed at the backstop, or below a level which would allow a projectile to escape the property.

Shoot only at authorized targets. These are NOT the in-ground target holders or steel beams for silhouette stands.

Do not shoot at glass.

Targets placed at or near ground level are not authorized without a proper backstop.

You must maintain the proper target height to ensure that the projectile hits the desired portion of the berm after passing through the target. Likewise do not fire at any object or target which might ricochet.

During a cease fire, remove any magazines, completely unload all firearms, open the actions, and ground or bench all firearms. The use of Empty Chamber or Open Bolt Indicators is highly recommended.

When anyone is down range, do not handle firearms or any equipment on the benches, or be in the firing line/bench area where firearms are present.

No tracer ammunition is allowed. No full automatic firing. No guns based on .50 BMG ammunition.

No loaded firearms on range property concealed or otherwise, except on an active firing line after the “Load” or “Commence Firing” command has been given.

No holstered handguns even if unloaded except for part of a match or at the pistol complex actively engage in a practice and following USPSA rules or under direct supervision or the discretion of the RSO.

No driving onto any of the ranges.

No hunting on range property.

No alcohol consumption before or during shooting.

Know where others are on the range at all times.

You are responsible for the behavior and safety of your family and guests at the range.

Clean up all brass and steel cartridge cases (except .22 rimfire), and dispose of all trash.

bushmaster1313
October 5, 2010, 09:56 PM
I disagree with these:

No loaded firearms on range property concealed or otherwise, except on an active firing line after the “Load” or “Commence Firing” command has been given.

No holstered handguns even if unloaded except for part of a match or at the pistol complex actively engage in a practice and following USPSA rules or under direct supervision or the discretion of the RSO.

Mudinyeri
October 5, 2010, 10:28 PM
I disagree with these:
Then don't join my gun club. :lol:

armoredman
October 5, 2010, 10:43 PM
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