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[–] Seventh_Jim 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago  (edited ago)

  1. It is always loaded until you have personally cleared it. It magically reloads the instant it leaves your person.

  2. Know your target and whats beyond it.

  3. Do not point a weapon at anything you are not willing to destroy.

  4. Keep yer boogerhooks off the bangswitch.

Edit: its amazing how a new shooter will violate all four of these within a minute of reciting them the first time at a range.

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[–] 16839585? 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Familiarity breeds contempt. Often times people with gun experience from their jobs or older folks are the most careless.

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[–] daskapitalist 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Basic firearms safety is absurdly simple. I learned it before I could read. I've taught countless children. And I still want to instinctively throat-punch people who fail to keep the muzzle in a safe direction or use the dishonest phrase "accident". Unless it's muzzle-loading, "accidents" dont happen (jams may not be field-clearable, and muzzle-loading revolers can have chain-fires). Being a negligent dumbass does happen though, and it's inexcusable.

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[–] Dial_Indicator 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago  (edited ago)

believe it or not, i got my firearms safety certificate in middle school, on the school grounds.

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[–] baneofretail 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Since your post mentioned kids, you should teach your children that if they find a firearm unattended, then they should notify an adult. The NRA does a good time educating the kids with their Eddie the Eagle program.

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[–] Patriotic_Legend 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

I thought these were right as well. But I did some training with a special forces guy who said know the status of your firearm rather than treat it as loaded.

Maybe it is different for experts, he says you need to train with firearms and sometimes they do get pointed at you.

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[–] green_man [S] 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

Thanks for the reply, but the direction of the post was to educate on the basics, not train on how to use firearms. Your special forces guy is correct, but again I was going for basics.

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[–] Patriotic_Legend 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

yeah, I am still a basics guy anyway. I have a firearm, but realize I don't have close to the expertise of the special forces trainer I worked with once. I do treat it as loaded and do advise all folks do the same.

Thanks for posting.

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[–] 16839603? 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

On top of this you have to spend some time actually handling firearms to build up comfort. Buy some "snap caps" and practice loading and then clearing the firearm safely. NEVER put live ammo in a firearm when you aren't about to shoot.

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[–] Diggernicks 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 

Spray n pray

Shoot first, ask questions later

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[–] Goys-R-Us 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Shoot first and run away so you don't have to ask or answer any questions.