Where's the list of gun safety commandments??


December 23, 2002, 01:35 AM
One of the first things I tell people (newbies) that I introduce to the TFL is to read the gun safety commandments.

I will assume it not a big request to have a link to it somewhere on this site listing the basics of gun safety?

The other request is that it be probably one of the buttons, so it can be accessed from ANYWHERE on the site.



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December 23, 2002, 01:49 AM
I noticed that also.
of course we did invite ouselves 'early'
I betcha that and the other stuff at the "Top and center " will be referenced in due time.

December 23, 2002, 02:55 AM
I'm sure they will have it, but I just want to make sure they do. These things are VERY important to me.. as I'm sure they are to everybody here.

Mal H
December 23, 2002, 08:48 AM
Those things are important, but you have to realize you are walking through a house under construction. Would you go into a framed only house with construction workers scurrying around and ask why the bathroom fixtures haven't been installed yet?

December 23, 2002, 10:10 AM
Mal, I agree. The question you note would be unfair.

However, if I really had to go!, I surely would ask where the "working" bathroom fixtures were! :D

(Please excuse me. I live in a house with five (count 'em... FIVE!) women. One must know where the, um, "fixtures" are at all times. :D )

December 23, 2002, 10:14 AM
Mal, wasn't trying to press any buttons, trust me, I'm grateful..

But you know, I just wanted to make sure that when it's "open house" that important things like working toilets aren't overlooked! :D

December 24, 2002, 05:55 PM
Check my Sig.

December 24, 2002, 06:35 PM

The restrooms are at the end of the hall and on your right.. :D

December 25, 2002, 12:54 AM
They're right in my Sig. :cool:

December 25, 2002, 01:15 AM

I hope you will change #4 to "Be sure of your Target, and WHAT'S BEHIND IT."


December 25, 2002, 01:35 AM
QKRTHNU has quoted, verbatim, the Gunsite Firearms Safety Rules, which are issued to every Gunsite student (and printed on the back of all school business cards).

The "what lies beyond it" is implicit in rule four.

These four rules, as written and codified by Jeff Cooper and others, covers all potential contingencies, and importantly, are easy to remember, which is the point of keeping them short and simple.

This is much more useful than the ambiguous and cumbersome "rules" included in the average pistol user manual (one manufacturer has fifty two separate safety rules in the manual's section on that subject alone !!!)

They are also written in a manner consistent with forming a correct mindset (no dilution such as "treat the firearm 'as if'...).

December 25, 2002, 03:35 PM
twoblink - excellent idea. Is this not an education forum? : )

December 26, 2002, 01:39 AM
The only way to shoot for a long time, is to shoot safe all the time. :cool:

December 26, 2002, 09:56 AM
To plagiarize from another field - aviation -

"There are Old Shooters,
And there are Bold Shooters;
But there are no Old, Bold Shooters".


May 16, 2003, 06:34 PM
I know this is an old thread, but I was looking for the rules to print out and show a new gunner, and I think we need it somewhere on the High Road!


May 16, 2003, 08:39 PM
NRA Gun Safety Rules

1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

When Using Or Storing A Gun, Always Follow These NRA Rules:
Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.

Know how to use the gun safely. Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
Be sure the gun is safe to operate. Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.

Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.

Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.

Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting. Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.

Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.

Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.

Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.

A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.

Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun's action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.

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