Safety & Tips

DS, llc Methodology on safety:

Safety is a mindset, not a lever on a firearm, the NRA defines a safety on a firearm “as a mechanical device that can fail.” and I must agree, the only true safety is between our ears. Safety consists of many important rules that must ALWAYS be followed to prevent negligence, injury and or death.

One of the most important things to instill in your gun handling practice/training is keeping your finger off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard, straight along the frame until you have your sights on the target/threat and you intend to shoot, and always keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction weather loaded or unloaded. You should never point a firearm at anyone unless you intend to use it. (Never muzzle anyone or anything you are not prepared to destroy)

These safety rules must be applied immediately, from the time, you first pickup the firearm until you stow it. When you learn to shoot; you must create safe muscle memory by practicing safely so that you do not instill poor habits which could later cause negligence to yourself or others.

They say that it takes 1,000 repetitions to form a habit (good or bad) and that it takes twice that amount (2,000 reps) to break a habit already formed.

The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

NEVER point the gun at yourself or others. Indoors, be mindful of the fact that a bullet can penetrate ceilings, floors, walls, windows, and doors.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

When holding a gun, rest your finger along the side of the frame, outside of the trigger guard. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and seek competent assistance. Always visually and physically check the chamber for ammunition.


Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.

A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.

Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.

What Should You Teach Your Child About Gun Safety?

If you have decided that your child is not ready to be trained in a gun’s handling and use, teach him or her to follow the instructions of NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. If you find a gun:


Don’t Touch.

Leave the Area.

Tell an Adult.

The initial steps of “Stop” and “Don’t Touch” are the most important. To counter the natural impulse to touch a gun, it is imperative that you impress these steps of the safety message upon your child.

In today’s society, where adult supervision is not always possible, the direction to “Leave the Area” is also essential. Under some circumstances, area may be understood to be a room if your child cannot physically leave the apartment or house.

“Tell an Adult” emphasizes that children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher — if a parent or guardian is not available.

There are many other Gun Safety rules which are not mentioned on this page, please contact us if you have any questions regarding safety. Remember the real safety is between your ears. Always remember SAFETY FIRST.