Firearm Safety

Firearms are inherently dangerous so always be responsible, follow the rules of gun safety, including, but not limited to:

1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded at all times.

Never assume a firearm is unloaded. Accidents happen when people assume a firearm is safe. Always treat the firearm as if it has ammunition in the gun at all times. Respect the potential of what a firearm can do, and always behave in a safe manner. 

2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.

Always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction. Don’t point the gun at anything you don’t want to shoot and always be aware of where the muzzle is pointed. 

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.

Always keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. The only time your finger should be on the trigger is when you are ready to fire.

4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Know what you are shooting at. Not only can you miss a target, but bullets can travel through targets and continue on. Always shoot within designated areas, and follow safety rules.


Always secure your firearms from unauthorized persons. Be sure you alone are in control of your firearm and have it secured at all times. It is your responsibility to prevent others from accessing your firearms.

Always keep your firearm unloaded until it is ready for use. Pistol shooting sports are not a survival activity and all Practical Shooting competitions are held on “Cold Ranges.” This means no loaded guns are allowed on the range until a competitor is under the supervision of a Range Official in a designated shooting area.

Safety First. The competitive shooter is always responsible for their actions, and this includes safe firearm handling at all times.


You should ALWAYS store your firearm SAFELY and SECURELY. All new firearms come with locks, and it is important for your safety and the safety of others that you understand how to secure your firearm.

Your firearm should be locked and stored in a safe location and only used by someone trained and authorized. It is recommended that you store your ammunition in a different location from your firearm and keep your gun unloaded while in storage.

Get Training

The information contained on this site does not replace certified firearm training and should not be used by anyone who has not received personal instruction in the proper use of a firearm. If not used appropriately, firearms can be lethal. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all local, state, and federal laws that apply. 

Professional training is the best way to safely ensure you have the knowledge and skills to use and operate a firearm. To find authorized instructors or classes on safety and operation, first ask the dealer you purchased your firearm. You can also do a web search for certified instruction in your area. 

Online Safety Resources

Project ChildSafe:

NRA Gun Safety Rules:

National Shooting Sports Foundation: