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Introduction to Safety With Executive Firearms

Hey, how’s it going guys? Its Garret and Steve with executive firearms and first and foremost. We want to thank you so much for selecting us to train with. We look forward to having you out to the range. And with that being said we need to get into something we call the safety brief. Now the safety brief helps us work together to create a successful and safe learning environment. So with that being said, let’s jump right into it. so first things first, we’re ready to go to a course, but we need to know what protective equipment we need before we hit the range. Well, it’s pretty simple. The first thing we’re going to want to deal with is eye protection what we sometimes refer to as I Pro now, there’s a multitude of different companies that make eye protection some that are sunglasses some that are clear. You just have to find what works for you these ones right here are Magpul Oakley also make some I mean you can find them anywhere. You just need to make sure their ballistic rated the next thing we want to take a look at is protecting our ears because gunshots can be loud and we want to keep our ears good to go. So these ones right here are electronic. You don’t necessarily need anything as fancy as these. However, we do recommend them. You can also just get earplugs anything that’s going to dampen the sound and keep your hearing safe. Now. The last thing I want to talk about is basically just range appropriate clothing the biggest one being closed toed shoes brass is hot when it comes out of the gun. So we don’t want it landing on your feet. You don’t want to have a toast stub or anything like that. So close toed shoes are a must for our courses. All right, so we’re going to talk about what I like to call the four fundamentals or principles of firearm safety. There’s four rules that work in conjunction to create a safe system for you while you’re out on the Range. The first firearm safety rule we want to talk about is treating every firearm is if it’s always loaded at all times now this helps us generate a healthy respect for firearms from day one until we’re the best shooter on the Range. We want to always follow these rules and treat every firearm with the respect. It deserves. This leads us into our next point, which is making sure we never point the firearm at anything. We do not wish to destroy shoot or harm. This is going to come into play when you’re working in a class environment. You have several people all around you. You’re going to have to be very very aware of where that firearm is pointed making sure it’s not pointed you the person next to you or anything now while you’re in class you are going to be learning things. So your brain is going to be jumping from one thing to the next as you’re learning new stuff. You always need to be rooted in those safety rules and come back make sure you’re not Pointing that firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy shoot or harm because you’re treating it as if it’s loaded. Alright, so now we’re going to discuss the third principle firearm safety and that has to do with our trigger finger. We’re going to keep our trigger finger straight and off the trigger until our sites are on Target and we’ve made the conscious decision to fire the weapon how we can do that is by placing the index finger of our weapon hand along the slider frame of the firearm. We don’t want it down the trigger guard because that encourages or that leads to the finger wanting to come into the trigger guard too soon or sooner than we want to or sooner that we’ve made the decision to and that can lead to accidents. So we will make sure we keep it straight off the trigger again until we’ve put our sights on Target and we’ve made the conscious decision to fire the weapon. The fourth and final principle firearm safety that we would like to go over there. Everybody is positively identifying your target being aware of what’s between you and the Target and also what is beyond that Target what that means for us as students or Shooters at the range is that we need to make sure we identify the Target that we’re shooting we need to make sure there is nothing people or objects between us and the target prior to making the shot on that Target and we also want to be aware of what’s behind the target so that we can ensure that the round as it passes through the target impacts in a safe area like the berm we don’t want the round going off anywhere else and possibly causing harm to somebody else. So again positively identify your target be aware of what’s between you and the Target and what is beyond that Target. Alright. So now that we’ve gone over the four principles of firearm safety now, we’d like to get into some range instructions that you might hear when you come out to a course. This isn’t to overwhelm you or to make you feel Service in any way but to kind of give you a heads up on on some of the things you might hear and some of the verbiage that you might hear from us as instructors at any point when you’re out at the range with us, if you have a question, or if you don’t understand something by all means ask that’s what we’re here for we want you guys to be comfortable. We want you to relax while you’re out here. So once we’ve all made it to the firing line, one of the very first commands you were here will be eyes and ears that is simply letting you know that at this time it is time to put on your eye protection and your ear protection. So as the shooters get to the line sure you get to the line. Just simply here eyes and ears at which time you will put your eye Pro. And your ear protection on? Alright, so once we got in the firing line, we’ve got our eye protection in our ear protection on we’re then going to load the Firearms. We’re going to bring the firearm out of the holster in a safe Direction lock the slide to the rear and we’re going to grab the magazine. We’re going to insert the magazine into the firearm and we’re going to let the slide go forward loading the firearm notice how Garrett is standing finger straight and off the trigger. He’s standing by for further instruction at this point while you’re at it our course, there are going to be several cases in which you need to unload and ensure that the firearm is safe. We’re going to go over a couple different specific examples for you about this, but the process will be the same in each in each case. The first example would be if you’re on the firing line and you hear ceasefire if you hear ceasefire that is the instruction for all Shooters to immediately stop firing and to unload their weapon. Another example would be is if you have finished a drill and you to holster up you want to make sure that the weapon is in a safe and clear condition. How we’re going to do that the first step. We need to remove the magazine from the weapon keeping the weapon pointed in a safe Direction finger straight and off the trigger lock the slide to the rear will be the next step. You will observe the ejection of that round out of the firearm from here. We can then go in checking chamber the magazine well and the slide phase to ensure there’s nothing still in the firearm at which point Garrett will then let the slide go forward. He will aim back out at his Target and he will press one well-aimed shot leaving the hammer to the rear. He will not re-rack the weapon. He will simply holster it at that time. This one sure now that the weapon is in a safe condition and it is unloaded you have physically and Visually check this so that you can ensure that you are safe for yourself and others on the Range. So another command you might hear while you’re on the Range is simply ceasefire and Holster. Now what this means is we don’t need you to go through the actual process of clearing the round on the chamber and making sure the firearm is 100% without a round in the chamber. We simply need you to come back and Holster the firearm now there’s a multitude of different reasons. We might have you do this. It might be because we need to go fix a Target and we simply don’t want to make everyone clear their firearms out. It’s much more time efficient. So if I’m giving this command what it’s going to look like is you’re going to cease firing by removing your finger off the trigger, you’re going to bring the firearm back to what we call a compressed area. And once you’re done with that you’re going to visually inspect your holster making sure it’s free of obstructions or anything like that that could cause the firearm to unintentionally discharge and then you’re going to holster the firearm making sure to keep your finger straight and aligned on the slide or frame of the pistol just to keep it away from the trigger. So there’s going to be times during the course where instructors are going to be Ford of the line explaining things. Now, it becomes very natural to say. Oh, I want to try that while we’re explaining something or wanting to pull the gun out and doing that. You absolutely cannot do that. We are down range. You do not want to point the firearm at us are in our general direction. So please wait we will give you time to practice and try it and feel what it’s like but at no time should a firearm come out of the holster. Well, we’re for to the line and on top of that will give you the commands to remove the firearm. So if you have a special case where you need to remove the firearm for any reason just make sure you talk to one of us the instructors and get permission to remove that from The holster and do whatever it is that you need to do. So the next big question a lot of people have is when I show up to one of your courses, how do I handle my firearms? How do I get them from here to the firing line? That’s a good question. And there’s a lot of mistakes that can happen. The biggest one we want to avoid is beginning of a Class A bunch of people bringing their guns out and there’s a bunch of guns and ammunition floating around being handed around being passed around. It’s just not very safe. So when you get to one of our ranges you open up your case, you’re going to want to select whichever firearm you are using for that course, in this case. I have two Firearms. I know I’m going to take a pistol course today. I’m going to go through the process of clearing this firearm. Now, I remove the source of the feed because I may have traveled with a magazine whatever the case may be and I lock the slide to the rear. I do my three-point check. I’m aware that this Farm is good and clear. It’s set now one big mistake. A lot of people make is they lose muzzle discipline when they’re doing this. In other words, they’re not aware of where they’re pointing the firearm you want to make sure that you’re pointing it in a safe Direction. I dropped the slide and we’re not on the firing line, so I’m not Going to dry fire and release the striker. That’s the only difference between what I’m doing here versus when I’m on a firing line. Once I’m done here, it goes safely into my holster still maintaining muzzle awareness making sure that the other folks around me are not getting in front of my gun and it stays in that holster until I’m given a command for loading unloading anything. It’s going to stay in my holster. The safety principles that we’ve covered with you today will ensure that you have a safe and successful time with executive Firearms while on the Range whether it’s a rifle or a handgun. It doesn’t matter if you follow the four principles of treating every firearm as if it’s always loaded never point in the firearm anything you do not wish to destroy shoot or harm keeping your finger off the trigger until you are intentionally ready to discharge the firearm and knowing your Target and what’s beyond you’ll have a fantastic time with us now as time gets closer to your course. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info at executive –, and we’d be happy to answer any course questions gear questions or safety questions and well with us on the Range, please if you have a question ask one of the instructors, that’s what we’re here for. We’re not going to bark at you. We want to create a safe learning environment for you. So we look forward to having you out to the course from Steven Garrett executive Firearms educate train and performed.

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