Firearm Safety

Every time I go to the range whether to lead instruction; conduct a demonstrations; or fun, recreational shooting, each visit begins the same way. With a safety brief.  My safety briefs follow the same format and include:
-Explanation of the actual range facility and specify any and all limitations / constraints
-Communications – all the ’normal’ things you would expect but also any visuals / audibles / other protocol that may be unique to that range
-Medical Plan – ID the primary / secondary ‘doctors’ and designate / prepare a vehicle to be the ambulance along with primary / secondary drivings.  The drivers need to know where the hospital is and designate a phone from which 911 can be called (and it’s a good idea to have the physical address taped to the back of the phone.
-Lastly, go over the 5 rules of safe weapon handling -  If you need a refresher, take a look below or visit NRA or NSSF
  1. Treat every weapon as if it’s loaded
  2. Be aware of your muzzle and only point it in a safe direction
  3. Never point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to destroy
  4. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intent to use it
  5. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it

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