Jim Catalfamo is a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level 1 certified instructor and teaches lessons for:
These are some widely accepted guidelines regarding firearm safety. Consult a qualifed trainer according to your needs.
Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
Always keep your firearm unloaded and the action open until you are preparing to shoot.
Always keep the firearm's safety on until you are prepared to shoot.
Always keep you finger outside the trigger guard until you are prepared to shoot.
Always follow multiple safety practices - like all the ones above - so that if you forget one or one fails, the others have a chance to save your or someone else's bacon.
Always confirm your target and check what is beyond your target.
Always unload your firearm when climbing or jumping.
Always avoid alcohol or other drugs before or during the use of a firearm.
Always wear eye and ear protection when using a firearm.
Always check that the barrel and action are free of obstructions and that you have the proper ammunition for the firearm.
Always shoot at appropriate targets - avoid shooting at a flat, hard surface or water.
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