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The 4 inevitable bad outcomes of the 4 rules of gun safety

Rule Number 1:
All guns are always loaded.

Inevitable Bad Outcome Number 1:
All guns are not always loaded as you will be sure to find out when you need one to defend your life as you squeeze the trigger and it goes click, click, click…

Moral Number 1:
Foolish of you to have blindly believed rule number 1, wasn’t it!Make sure if you carry a gun for self defense that it is indeed loaded, otherwise you are sure to get yourself wounded or killed when you depend on an empty one.

Rule Number 2:
Never allow the muzzle to cover anything you are not willing to destroy.

Inevitable Bad Outcome Number 2:
You are so caught up in being concerned about exactly exactly where your muzzle is pointed, even when it is holstered, that you neglect to pay attention to your surroundings and some bad ass puts a hurting on you.

Moral Number 2:
Your muzzle is going to point here, there and everywhere at one time or another; so make sure it is pointed in the right direction when some dirtbag wants to kill you, before he gets the chance to do it.

Rule Number 3:
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.

Inevitable Bad Outcome Number 3:
If you need to draw and fire in a hurry at close quarters and you wait to place your finger on the trigger until you have proper sight alignment, you may just wind up looking like Swiss cheese because your opponent knew how to point shoot.

Moral Number 3:
Know when to use your sights and when go without them like when to point shoot, hip shoot, or shoot while vertically tracking, it may keep you alive. Remember that can mean placing your finger on the trigger and shooting without paying attention to the sights. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to activate the trigger mechanism, sights or no sights.

Rule Number 4:
Be sure of your target and what is beyond.

Inevitable Bad Outcome Number 4:
If a bad guy draws down on you there will almost always be someone else behind him, within the effective range of your bullets. If you don’t shoot, when you have a clear and reasonably sure shot, you may just wind up dead.

Moral Number 4:
You are the one who either has to live with the consequences of your actions or die because of them. If you think you can get a relatively safe and sure shot that saves your own life and maybe those of others, wouldn’t you chance a shot no matter who or what is beyond your target.

Shoot safely and shoot to stay alive and protect other innocents.
 

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Great topic! It makes sense to me. Many treat the 4 Rules as holy doctrine, I think they are more like guidelines in this increasingly litigated society. I think if somehow we could look into the combat conditions of previous wars, we would see very little of these "hallowed" rules being followed. They are a good place to start for beginners and occasional handlers of firearms. Rules are relevant, but grievous if they hinder your effectiveness in saving lives.
 

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My Problem With Rule # 1 Has Always Been---

How The Heck Do I Clean My Gun If It's "Always Loaded" !?

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Reminds me of the Blackhawk Down Quote: MSG Hoot holding up his index finger.... "Well, this is my safety, Sir".
 

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Excellent post, Lash. It reminds me of the old saying, "can't see the forest for the trees."
 

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My Problem With Rule # 1 Has Always Been---

How The Heck Do I Clean My Gun If It's "Always Loaded" !?

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CAVman in WYoming
Yeah - that's a prefect reason to have more than one gun GI2
 

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Lash sure glad your "probably one of the most laid back people I will ever meet".GI1
 

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Like all rules they turn out to be guidelines when the SHTF scenario shows up. Anyone who has ever been in combat or worked the streets for a living knows that each situation demands it own interpretation. That said, they are always good for a review.GITEN
 

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Bad guys and dirt bags, what would we shoot without them. Cans?
 
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