Safety First!

Let me say that I have NOT looked at these pictures (see below) so view them at your own risk.  I can bathe in my own blood, but my eyes roll back in my head and the world gets dim when I see someone else’s for realz.  Yeah… I knew early on that surgeon, EMT, and mafia hit man were not going to be listed high on my ASVAB.

Anywhooo… I guess every gun nut knows at least one person they consider a safety Nazi.  Likewise, most gun nuts are considered safety Nazis by someone else.  It’s kinda like calling someone a nympho.  Anyone who wants it more than you must be one.  However, sometimes we just need to agree on a few basic ideas.  The 4 Rules always seemed to be a good measure of common sense that we could all get behind.  For some, not so much

In order to get a leg up (or foot… or would that be a toe hold?) on Murphy, let’s review St Cooper’s 4 Rules*. OK?

#1) no pooftas. 

OH WAIT!  Sorry.  Wrong rules.

#1) All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
#2) Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
#3) Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
#4) Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

“But Dante, Come on.  We see force on force drills all the time that have people skirting the edge of these rules if not down right violating them.  And what about Glocks and other guns that HAVE to break the rules to be taken down?  So we can bend the rules as we need to.”

Do you remember when you were in grade school and they told you to never start a sentence with the word, “And?”  Good rule.  Every sentence penned until the age of 12 would have started with that word.  And yet, you also learned later in life that there were good reasons to ignore that rule. 

If you are in training that is designed to save lives, especially your own, you MAY relax some of the rules IF you are dead nuts Nazi about others AND it is absolutely needed.  If you are maintenancing a gun and you know you have to sort of break, say, #3 then 1,2 and 4 better damn well be followed to the letter. 

However, casually resting your dozen bore shootzenboomer jauntily on your phalanges so you can look cool like the rest of the boys is not a good reason to violate ANY of the 4 rules. 

 *Jeff Cooper, Commentaries, Volume 11, Number 4
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Dante…

Conservative, educated, understands history, distrusts government, distrusts politicians, dislikes pop-culture, and carries a firearm. In short, I'm what The Framers of The Constitution were counting on and everything your government wants you to fear most.

The only thing I don’t have to complain about is some GI taking up space in my living room. I’ll let you know about the Civil Courts if someone ever owes more than $20 to me. ---If you didn’t get that one; sue your Civics or US History Teacher.


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