Massad Ayoob & Viper Concealment LLC Safety Rules Live Fire
1. First, the four core safety rules originally promulgated by Col. Jeff Cooper:
a. Treat every firearm as if it is fully loaded and ready to discharge.
b. Never point a firearm at anything you are not prepared to destroy.
c. Do not allow your trigger finger to be inside the trigger guard unless and until you are in the very act of intentionally firing the weapon.
d. Always be certain of your target and what is behind it.
2. When on a “cold range,” gun will be unloaded at all times until you are instructed to load by instructor or range officer.
3. When manipulating the slide of a semi-automatic pistol, keep the muzzle downrange in a safe direction and do not allow hand, forearm, or other body parts to come in line with the muzzle. Retract the slide by grasping it at the rear, NOT from the front.
4. When unloading a semi-automatic pistol, remove magazine first and put it somewhere – pocket, pouch, or waistband – so support hand can be dedicated to slide manipulation, and primary hand can be dedicated to holding the gun in a safe direction, without either hand having to “juggle” the magazine.
5. When clearing the chamber of a semi-automatic pistol, allow the cartridge to fall to the ground and retrieve it later. Do NOT eject a live cartridge into the palm, or attempt to catch it in mid-air.
6. If you drop a gun, let it fall. Grabbing at a falling gun often results in unintentional pressure applied to the trigger, causing discharge in an uncontrollable direction.
7. When holstering any handgun, keep the trigger finger STRAIGHT outside the trigger guard, and use the thumb to safely keep single action auto’s hammer from falling forward, or double action auto’s hammer from rising and falling.
8. If your firearm malfunctions and you don’t know how to clear it, keep it pointed downrange with the dominant hand and raise your support hand, which will summon a staff member to assist you.
9. Weapons are not to be handled after consumption of alcohol.
10. Advise staff (discreetly if you like) of any medical conditions, medications, etc. that may affect you while you are with us. If you are stricken, we need to know where your insulin/digitalis/etc. is.
IF YOUR MUZZLE CROSSES ANYONE INCLUDING YOURSELF – WHETHER OR NOT THE GUN IS LOADED – IT IS A SAFETY VIOLATION. THE MAG STAFF AND HOSTS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANY SHOOTER FROM THE FIRING LINE FOR A SINGLE SAFETY VIOLATION, AND FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY, THE STUDENT MAY OBSERVE BUT NO LONGER PARTICIPATE. HE OR SHE WILL RETURN TO THE LINE UNDER PROBATION (AND PARTICULAR SCRUTINY) THE FOLLOWING DAY. A SECOND SAFETY VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING IMMEDIATELY EXPELLED FROM THE PROGRAM, WITHOUT REFUND.