A gun handled with care and respect is no more dangerous than an automobile, probably far less so. A gun is a powerful tool, and must be treated and handled as such.
There are no exceptions for gun safety rules, these rules are mandatory every single time. And there is simply no substitute for good, solid training, and lots of practice.
The 4 rules will seem a little redundant at first, but that is intentional overlap to compensate for natural human margin of error. Following these rules EVERY TIME is how we avoid accidents.
So, let’s get down to it… The four basic rules of gun safety
- All Guns are always loaded. [Treat them that way]
- Never let the muzzle cover [sweep] anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target. [And what’s behind it]
Watch the excellent gun safety video from Hickock45
As a short bonus… Form and correct handling of your firearm matters. If you’re handling a firearm without adequate care or instruction, this hot dog could be your finger, as illustrated by Hickock45 in this excellent short video: