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Range & Gun Safety: The Four Rules of Firearm Safety | CCW Guardian


CCW Guardian. Train. Shoot. Log. Details matter. Hello I’m David Reed with Reed and Ward. This
training session is on general range safety. Our goal at Reed and Ward is to reduce your
liability and risk through professional training and training documentation products. Now on the range it’s important to adhere
to the four weapon safety rules. I know we’ve covered this before, but I want to go over
them again and I want to make sure that you know how critical they are. The first rule is always the first rule. And
that is ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED. A lot of people will say, “treat every weapon as
if it’s loaded.” But that’s that’s kind of an action. I want to set a mindset. All guns
are always loaded. Whenever you take a weapon out of the holster or from storage in to action
you enter a red zone. So your weapons handling has to be your primary focus to keep safety.
You have to be constantly aware of the condition of your weapon and how your handling it. The second rule, of course, is NEVER POINT
A FIREARM AT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO KILL OR DESTROY. It’s called the laser
rule. Anytime you have a firearm in your hand there is a laser beam extending out from the
muzzle. And anything you cover with that muzzle is destroyed. So always remember and be very
situationally aware of the muzzle. And never point your weapon at anything you’re not willing
to kill or destroy. The third rule is KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF OF
THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE. This is probably the most violated rule. I constantly
see people handling a weapon and their finger is on the trigger when they’re not on target
or prepared to fire. Heck all you go to do is watch any TV show or movie and you’ll see
people with their fingers on the trigger. It’s an important rule because this is where
90% of your accidents happen. The gun can’t discharge unless you press the trigger right. And of course the fourth rule is BE SURE OF
YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND. You know the most important thing with handling a weapon,
particularly in a CCW environment, is that you have to be sure 100% of what it is you
are shooting at. Whether it’s a target or real-world threat. Be absolutely sure of your
target before making the decision to press the trigger. And then obviously what’s beyond.
Now when we get out onto the range we’re going to be talking about range safety in the next
segment and that fourth rule becomes very important with range safety. Okay? So this is a general review of range safety.
We’re going to go over range orientation and safety in the next segment.

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