The Four Gun Safety Rules They Don’t Tell You About

We all know the four gun safety rules: treat all firearms as if they are loaded; always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction; keep your finger off the trigger until you are in the act of shooting and be sure of your target and of what is beyond it. These rules apply whether you’re a firearms newbie or a grizzled gun guy or gal. But if you’re at the beginning of that arc I’ve got news for you: there are four more safety rules that you’d do well to remember. Rules that will help you avoid both bankruptcy and fisticuffs. . .

1. Treat all gun stores as a money suck

Once you’ve been bitten by the ballistic bug you are perfectly pliable putty in the hands of pistol purveyors. A sucker for shotgun sellers. Ripe for rifle retailers. You can no more resist buying a gun in a store crammed with examples of all three genres than I can resist linking to a South African swimsuit model.

Your local gun store (LGS) may be staffed by ignorant, arrogant, financially rapacious dickheads but that doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to your susceptibility to their products’ sub or supersonic siren song (if it did the jerks wouldn’t be there). Cash will fly out of your wallet unbidden. Your credit card will melt all on its own. As I suggested in this morning’s self-defense tip, avoid getting mugged by avoiding places where muggers mug.

2. Always keep gun control advocates pointed in a safe direction

Gun control advocates say they want to limit some Americans’ access to firearms. In fact, all gun control laws limit all Americans’ access to firearms. I don’t want to get lost in the weeds discussing felons’ gun rights. Suffice it to say I’m right, they’re wrong and that’s the end of the evening.

Seriously. The last thing you want to discuss with a gun control advocate is gun control. The “debate” will go in circles, slowly spiraling from logic to emotion to insanity. Better to point gun control folk to some other less controversial conversational topic. Sports? Religion? I suggest an earnest discussion of the reasons why South Africa is home to so many beautiful women.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger of guns you might want to buy

It starts innocently enough. “Want to try my gun?” The next thing you know you’re lusting after some way cool range toy that has no real use other than the fact that it’s a really cool range toy. I speak here of the FN FiveSeven, Desert Eagle Classic, Smith & Wesson 500, any shotgun that isn’t a Benelli M2 and rifles that can reach out and touch paper at eight billion yards.

You’re inner angel (Lieschen Botes?) will tell you it’s all right to try a gun before you don’t buy. You can’t afford the strangely chambered firearm’s ammo, you have all the guns you need, your significant other will have your guts for garters if you blow the kitchen remodeling budget on a firearm, etc. So you can because you can’t. And then BANG! As Oscar Wilde warned, you can resist anything other than temptation. As Lord Humongous instructed, just walk away.

4. Know what’s in your gun safe and beyond it

I know it’s not particularly American to say so, but spend some time wanting what you already have. To that end, clean your guns. There’s nothing like an OCD firearms scrubbing, oiling and massage session to make you appreciate the firearms you already own. It may seem a bit kinky at first but it’s entirely healthy and doesn’t indicate a desire to shoot-up the DMV or, for that matter, overthrow the federal government.

Another trick to avoid buying that Savage Model 12 or STI race gun: buy something nice (and less expensive) for your existing guns. Upgrade your gun safe. Get some ammo cans. Frame a gun poster. Splurge on some needlessly exotic gun oil (cough Wilson Combat cough). If the itch really needs scratching, spend some bucks on private instruction. It’s cheap and it reminds you that it’s not all about the gun.

Or is it? [Note for our female reader: the pic of Jeff Cooper at the top of this post is your eye candy. Deal with it.]


  1. avatar jwm says:

    all I got from this post was a desire to look at female south african swimsuit models. Were we talking about something else? And how many female readers do you have,2-5?

    1. avatar J in Ga says:

      lol, probably a few less than that after this post

  2. avatar Joseph says:

    If you know how many guns you have, you don’t have enough. The bug bites hard.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    You know you’re a gun nut when you buy pretty little presents for your guns.

    1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      +1! Christmas is better to my guns than me! I just need to start remembering birthdays!

  4. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Bottom line argument for gun control advocates: “I just don’t like guns.”

    That’s what passes for reasoning with the chattering classes.

  5. avatar Aharon says:

    Robert, based on the number of links to S.A. models, I think you need a long vacation in Las Vegas or South Africa. Then again, you know to avoid really bad places so go to Nevada.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Just got back from Vegas — a South African supermodel would be considered average-looking back there. And the shooting is good, too.

      1. avatar Aharon says:

        Robert, read that reply by Ralph? Go to Vegas and you can have a good time shooting and then enjoy good times with fine looking women. Notice I wrote the plural of woman? What happens in Vegas stays in Vega unless you want to post about it here.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          What happens in Vegas says in Vegas unless it’s communicable.

        2. avatar Aharon says:

          “What happens in Vegas says in Vegas unless it’s communicable”

          The ‘communicable’ issue is yet another reason to use a gun in SD and not a knife.

  6. avatar TTACer says:

    You only have two hands, buy nicer guns and then buy them presents.

  7. avatar Derek says:

    “A sucker for shotgun sellers.”
    Change shotgun to scatter-gun or smooth-bore.

  8. avatar Nobody says:

    Great rules, especially #1.

  9. avatar spymyeyes says:

    The reason why SA women are so beautiful is because the gene pool down there is mixed races of black, brown, white, yellow, and whatever the hell muslims are.

    The most beautiful women in the world are ALL of mixed races!

    1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

      Spy, I think we just found something you and I agree on. Wonders never cease. Cheers!

  10. avatar Human Being says:

    “I suggest an earnest discussion of the reasons why South Africa is home to so many beautiful women.”

    Wow, a chance to blow the dust off of a 1930s science fiction novel quote…

    “Because where go Dutch men, there go Dutch women, and despite all medical advice soon thereafter follow Dutch children.” -E E “Doc” Smith

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Salt Lake city must have been founded by the dutch. The blond dutch.

  11. avatar Sanchanim says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing, or crying, or both…

  12. avatar MotoJB says:

    LOL. Great post

  13. avatar Phil B says:

    Too late! You should have told me this 30 years ago … DOH!!!

    A “friend” of mine (cough, cough) wants to know is it weird to send a valentine day card saying “To the one I love” to your favourite rifle?

    Just asking, is all …

  14. avatar Gyufygy says:

    C’mon, man, I’m jonesing for another hit… Hook me up with another layaway… C’mon… I haven’t tasted gun powder in days… I NEED IT, MAN!

    I realized when I wrote down a wish list of firearms stuff, I was about to have a very large problem… An enjoyable one, too!

  15. avatar James says:

    The only thing I got out of that was wood…..

  16. avatar TacticalDad says:

    Addictive? I can stop anytime…

    “Honey, I’m going to Bass Pro, just to look.”
    “No, I don’t NEED anything.”
    “Gotta go, Bye!”

  17. avatar aaronw says:

    Rule 5: Jeff Cooper in an old still picture is more intimidating than many modern day gun guys on YouTube.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      Col. Cooper was ALWAYS intimidating to me, even in the wheelchair where he hid his trusty .45 under the blanket covering his legs.

  18. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Hi, my name is Greg, and I’m a gun nut. I also like Scotch, if anyone’s buying. Rather than seek to change what I don’t want to change anyway, how about we broaden the disability standard to include the care, feeding, and growth of a gun collection?

  19. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

    A very fun post, Robert. Well done!

    P.S.: Gina Athans. Oh, dear me.

  20. avatar Philthegardner says:

    You know it’s serious when you see your first gun safe, realize how small it was and say to yourself: “Geez, what the heck was I thinking?”

  21. avatar NR says:

    I didn’t know Jeff Cooper was South African.

  22. avatar Blake says:

    While I’m waiting for my Savage model 93 FV to come in, I’m already working on my next rifle, which will be chambered for 22-250.

    Probably another Savage, as they seem to be the only people who build rifles in the configurations I’m looking for.

  23. avatar Accur81 says:

    Too bad buying a shite-ton of ammo doesn’t help…

    Want to screw with your buddy? Buy him a box of ammo in that new caliber / firearm / upper that he’s been lusting after (in between S. African hotties, of course).

  24. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    when I was over there a few years back, most of the women in the clubs were russian. just saying.

  25. avatar Wacky Hermit says:

    As the one female reader, I’m obligated to say… there’s Jeff Cooper in that picture? 😉

  26. avatar Frank Williams says:

    “You’re inner angel (Lieschen Botes?) will tell you it’s all right to try a gun before you don’t buy”

    So will YOUR inner angel.

    (You didn’t think I could let that one pass, did you RF?)

    1. avatar Chris says:

      I wason starting to wonder what kind of inner angel Robert thought I was.

    2. avatar Steve says:

      3. Keep you(r) finger off the trigger of guns you might want to buy.

  27. avatar Moira says:

    Funny article, but who’s to say female readers can’t enjoy the models? >.>

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