Home Guns for Beginners Gun Safety Tip: Sterility is Your Friend Guns for BeginnersHandguns Gun Safety Tip: Sterility is Your Friend By Robert Farago - October 9, 2010 2 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email Note: I don’t recommend carrying a gun in a holster without bullets. Das ist ein witz. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two of Smith & Wesson’s ’90s Stainless Metallic Fantastics Heads-Up Comparison: P365 vs. Hellcat vs. MAX-9 vs. M&P9 Shield Plus The Women’s Revolver Myth Might Finally Be Dead 2 COMMENTS The primary safety rule is … If you do not know how to use it, do not touch it. It works for everything in life. I do agree with you regarding the safety rules you state in your video. I am not trying to create a flame war. In fact I admire your site, and read it every day. We are, in fact, faced with folks who do not read the users manuals, and are unaware of how to keep and verify that the guns are unloaded. For those folks, not touching is the best advise. Be safe. Joe Towler Reply Well, we’ve now got several Number One Gun-Handling Safety Rules! According to the, ‘Eddie Eagle’ Children’s Gun Safety Program the Number One Rule is, ‘STOP, AND DON’T TOUCH IT’! However, the Number One Gun-handling Safety Rule for adults is, ‘THE GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED’. This, like the other three safety precautions, is a gun-handling rule that a conscientious gun owner has to, literally, ‘burn into his brain’; AND it precludes the necessity to, ‘work in a sterile environment’. After a lifetime of gun-handling I have finally discovered that – of all the things a gun owner/user can do to avoid an AD/ND event – it is your gun-handling PERSONAL HABITS that, more than anything else, will keep you and others genuinely safe. The conscious mind can be distracted; but, your emotional habits and customary physical reactions cannot. Men are creatures of habit; and it’s habit more than anything else that can – and will – keep a gun owner/handler safe. This is, ‘How’ and, ‘What’ I teach for gun safety. Long experience with firearms has taught me that while your mind can be fooled, your habits cannot. The following safety rules ALWAYS apply: (I’m typing this, strictly, from memory.) 1. THE GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED. 2. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO, SO MUCH AS CROSS, ANYTHING YOU ARE UNWILLING TO SEE DESTROYED. 3. NEVER PLACE YOUR TRIGGER FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO FIRE. 4. CLEARLY IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET, AND BE AWARE OF WHAT IS BEHIND IT BEFORE YOU FIRE. Those two NYC Police Officers at the Empire State Building, the other day? They made an encyclopedia’s worth of potentially fatal: tactical, gun-handling, and aiming mistakes. NONE of what these two officers did is the correct way to handle a gunfight in a crowd. Almost 40 years ago, now, Chuck Taylor taught me, ‘How’ to correctly handle a situation like that. I am incredulous that the New York City Police Department obviously (and presently) doesn’t know any better! (For those who’re sure to wonder? Yes, although I only occasionally admit it, I am a survivor; and I practice what I preach.) Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.