Universal Firearms Handling Rules

May 25, 2017

Universal Firearms Handling Rules

Discussing safety around firearms may not be the coolest thing to do, but it is the responsible and mature thing to do.  Far too often, we focus on form and not function in all aspects of our lives.  When I run training, we don’t just read rules and check a box.  We have a meaningful discussion about the Universal Firearms Handling Rules as a foundation for what we are about to do.  If that discussion does not affect how you live your life, then it is worthless.  The minimum standard for anyone that owns a gun is not only the memorization of the Universal Firearms Handling Rules, but also the ability to explain and share with others what the rules mean and how they integrate into life.  The rules I subscribe to are as follows:


  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never point your gun at anything you are not willing to shoot.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger (indexed) until your sights are on the target and you have decided to fire. 
  4. Be sure of your target, what is between you and your target, and what is around and beyond your target. 


For many, your first reaction will be to debate me on the specifics of the rules and their wording.  And that is fine, I find that I am often wrong.  I’ll follow up with why I subscribe to these specific rules in future posts.  For now, the important thing to remember is that these rules are written in blood.  We have not always had firearms handling rules codified.  We do today because people have been killed and seriously injured through recklessness and negligence.  If you choose to live outside of the rules, then you assume the risk and the consequences that follow…

Leave a comment