I know that most of you who are gun people already know the Four Rules, but for the benefit of those who may not, and because there has been a rash of gun accidents in this area lately, and because it is always good to brush up on safety, I wanted to re-post this for review and discussion:
Four Rules of Gun Safety, by Jeff Cooper
1. All guns are always loaded.
-Even if they are not, think of them as if they are.
2. Never let the muzzle cover (point at) anything you are not willing to destroy.
-For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
-This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
-You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it.
With the Colonelís permission I would add to these ďMaintain Positive Control.Ē Donít leave your gun in the car, donít lean it up against anything, and donít lend it to anyone who isnít qualified. You canít apply rules One through Four if youíre not controlling the gun. Have fun, and shoot safe!