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FIREARMS SAFETY RULES

CARDINAL RULES

1. Treat all weapons as if they are loaded.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you intend to press it.

3. Never point a weapon at anyone unless you are justified and never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.

4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond.


GENERAL RULES:

1. All live firearms training must be supervised by someone authorized by SharpShooter.

2. All saftey rules will be strictly enforced and no unsafe or careless behavior will be tolerated.

3. Keep weapons pointed in a safe direction at all times.

4. Upon first handling a weapon, immediately face a safe direction and perform a safety check, unloading if necessary, checking and checking again.

5. Never offer to or receive a weapon from another person unless the cylinder/action is open, the weapon is unloaded, and the open ejection port/cylinder can be seen by the person receiving the weapon.  Hand the weapon over butt first.

6. When transporting weapons to/from the classroom and/or range, handguns should be holstered and concealed, or in a case (unloaded); all shoulder weapons should be unloaded and in a case.

7. All loading and unloading during training sessions will be conducted under the supervision of an instructor and only done when instructed to do so.

8. Do not draw a weapon from the holster unless instructed to do so.

9. Immediately signal any unsafe condition on the range or in the classroom by raising a hand in the air.  Keep the hand up until acknowledged by instructor.

10. Follow all commands from the firearms instructor as they are given.  Do not anticipate commands.

11. No talking on the firing line unless it is with an instructor.

12. Once a course of fire has begun, do not leave the firing line or bend over to retrieve any items until instructed to do so.

13. Eye and ear protection, and a baseball type cap must be worn on the range.

14. Cease fire if you feel there is a problem with your weapon, keep the weapon pointed down range and raise your support hand.  Also raise your support hand if you cannot clear a malfunction.

15. If applicable to your weapon, always de-cock the weapon before holstering.

16. No eating, drinking or tobacco products in the range area.

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