Your brain is your primary safety when you are handling firearms. Be conscious of your actions. Don’t be careless or negligent with your gun muzzle or your trigger finger. If you can not identify your target, DO NOT SHOOT. In a fight, your brain will tell you whether or not to shoot. Be mindful at all times.
Your trigger finger is your secondary safety. Your trigger finger is either at its full natural extension along the frame, or it’s on the trigger. A trained trigger finger is an essential element of safe gun handling. Your finger only moves from its full natural extension along the frame to the trigger when you have made a conscious decision to shoot.
Good training and drill will develop the mind, trigger finger and fight instinct that will coordinate the unconscious mind and trained body, allowing you to successfully defend yourself with the utmost safety, aggressiveness and competence during a violent attack. Achieving Unconscious Competence (UC) in the use of a firearm will allow you to “level the playing field” against a violent attacker, often creating an advantage for the UC.
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded until you have proven otherwise
- Don’t be careless with your gun muzzle
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you r ready to shoot
- Keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it
- Know your target it’s foreground and what is beyond it