There is nothing new here, but I’m putting in writing the rules that we live by when it comes to the firearms that we keep for sport and family protection. These first four primary rules were first created by the Colonel Jeff Cooper. More detailed explanation of each one can be found at this helpful link on wikipedia.
1. A gun is always loaded.
2.Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Another good rule, that is obvious but worth stating anyways is from a college friend of mine: One in the cabinet and one in the hand. This has to do with mixing alcoholic beverages and shooting. Never mix the two. And never handle your weapons after consuming alcoholic beverages.
I can’t remember where I heard this, but a statement I like to make to friends about muzzle control when target shooting is very effective and always makes people think: When I am faced with a situation where the muzzle of a weapon is pointed at me, how do I know the intention of the shooter? Is it a mistake, or does that person aim to harm? Prudence would suggest that I act in self defense to eliminate the potential threat.
Yes, that above paragraph is provocative. It is fully intended to be so.