Rule # 1 Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
You must respect this tool. Unloaded guns cause more accidents than loaded ones. This is extremely serious business. Always treat all guns as if they are loaded. Double and Triple check that the weapon is not loaded, then triple check it again. Then, once you are 100% certain that the firearm is not loaded, treat it as if it absolutely is loaded.
Rule # 2 Never let the muzzle of a gun point at anything you do not want to destroy or kill.
Be aware of your surroundings. Do not become careless and lose track of what your weapon is pointing at. Our hands tend to follow our eyes. Where you look is usually where your gun tends to be pointing. Do not be one of those guys who makes a great shot at the range, turns his head to make sure his friends saw, and ends up also pointing his firearm in the direction of his head turn.
Rule # 3 Keep your finger straight and off the trigger.
At all times you must keep your trigger finger straight, and off the trigger. Do not walk around with your finger resting on the trigger, or with your finger resting on the trigger guard. When we are frightened or surprised we tend to tense up and if you had your finger resting on the trigger or on the trigger guard your hand would squeeze, finger going straight back, causing the gun to fire. This is why we keep our finger straight and off the trigger, resting on the frame of the gun. Any sudden surprise will not cause our finger to squeeze the trigger. Only once you have aimed and are ready to fire do you put your finger on the trigger. This prevents accidental discharges should you stumble, trip, or be subjected to some unexpected event.
DO NOT REST FINGER ON TRIGGER GUARD
Rule # 4 Always be aware of what is in front of your target and what is behind your target.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY ROUND THAT LEAVES YOUR WEAPON. Hitting a target even under the best conditions is a very challenging thing. The world is full of innocent bystanders. Bullets tends to miss, ricochet, penetrate through, and fall from the sky at velocities just as deadly as when the bullet left the barrel. You can not bring any bullet back. If your bullet misses its target, goes through its target…you can never bring that bullet back. Dead is forever. Never take a shot without being aware of what is in front of your target and what is behind your target.