1.Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. (Some will say 'ALL weapons are always loaded'. They are not. A gun is either loaded or it's not but they should be treated the same either way)
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
4. Be sure of your target and what is in line with your target.
These rules are all equally important but it seems to me that the first 3 really go hand-in-hand as they are directly related to handling of the weapon. The 4th rule being more related to actual shooting. The picture below is the result of all three of the "handling" rules being violated.
Cope Reynolds (Desertscout)
Southwest Weapons and Security Associates
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