Four Basic Rules of Firearms Safety

1. All guns are loaded.

2. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you’re not willing to destroy.

3. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are ready to fire.

4. Be sure of your target and what is behind and around it.

Anyone who points a firearm at another person shall be removed from the range.

Violations of any of the Four Basic Rules of Firearms Safety are unacceptable. Anyone who fails to adhere to them at all times may be removed from the range.

Do not point any firearm “uprange.”

At any time the commands “Cease Fire!” or “Stop!” are issued, stop firing, make your
weapon safe, and holster/sling it. Do not continue with any drill or fire any shots after a
cease fire has been declared.

Anyone on the range may call “Cease Fire!” when necessary.

Do not bend over for any reason while on the firing line until the instructor declares that the
“line is clear” and that it is safe to retrieve your gear.

Do not retrieve any live rounds from the ground until the “brass call” at the end of the day’s

When on the firing line, stay on the line until the instructor dismisses you. If you have to
leave for some reason, raise your hand and tell the instructor or an assistant that you need to

Handguns must remain holstered when not on the firing line and under the direct
supervision of the instructor. If a designated loading/unloading area is available, you may
load or unload there.

If a “safe area” is designated, you may handle unloaded weapons (for maintenance, repairs,
etc.). Do not handle ammunition or charged magazines in the safe area.

Long guns stored in a rifle rack must be unloaded with the bolt locked to the rear if possible.
“Empty chamber flags” are recommended for any weapon that is in the rack and required for
any long gun being transported around the range that is not in a case or properly worn on a

When carried on a sling, long guns should have the manual safety “on” at all times.

Always maintain control of the muzzle of any long gun, especially when moving while it is supported by a sling. Do not allow the muzzle to point at another person or in any other unsafe direction if you bend over, turn, etc.