Safety: Basic Firearms Handling & Range Safety (examples)
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The purpose of gun safety is to eliminate or minimize the risks of unintentional damage, injury and/or death caused by improper handling of firearms.
   (source: Rights of the People: Guns)
Handguns, Firearms Safety:
Chapter 1-Basic Safe Firearms Handling
Chapter 2-Revolver Nomenclature
Chapter 3-Auto-Pistol Nomenclature
Chapter 4-Citizen Weapon Types
Gun Ownership & Concealed Carry Laws & Statistics, by State
Document General Study, Index
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    10 Rules of Safe Gun Handling (
  1. Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction.
  2. Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use.
  3. Don't Rely On Your Gun's "Safety."
  4. Be Sure Of Your Target And What's Beyond It.
  5. Use Correct Ammunition.
  6. If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care!
  7. Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting.
  8. Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting.
  9. Don't Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly.
  10. Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using.
Recently Added Updated version of 'Rules of Safe Gun Handling':
12 Critical Gun Safety Rules You Can’t Ignore
(H/T to the author: John Hawthorne, Gun News Daily, 30Mar17

A Guide to Gun Safety (
      a. - At Home
      b. - At The Shooting Range
      c. - While Hunting
IHEA's Glossary of Firearms Terms
Hunter Education, an Online Course
       from the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA)
• in English y Introducción al Curso de Educación y Seguridad en la Caza
• A Firearms Tutorial & Brief History of Firearms
• An online "Basics of Firearm Safety" video source:
       -- great for newcomers to shooting as well as a refresher for shooters and hunters by NSSF - National Shooting Sports Foundation
NRA Basic Firearms Safety Rules
Google's links to "Range Safety Rules" + Firearms Safety Manuals, i.e. DOE/US Army
Isaac Walton League Range Safety Rules and Procedures (Rockville, Md) & Hunters Pledge Card
• For Kids and Parents:
A safety guide for kids and guns (Taurus), Introduction to Guns and Gun Safety (Chris BeHanna) and the NRA's Eddie Eagle program (links source: The Gun Guy®)
• A Pistol Range Test, written & some Google Firearms Range Safety and Awareness Course Questionaires, tests, certifications
• from Wikipedia Gun safety, a collection of rules and recommendations that can be applied when handling firearms.
Youtube Opines posted, If Worst Case Happens:
Thumbnail4:58 - CCW - I just shot some one now what? by My Guns and My Religion.  The worst case scenario has happened and you have had to use your firearm in self defence and have shot someone.  Now what do you do?
Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., Contact 1-610-845-3803 - 15:52 - 10 Tips Before & After a Self-Defense Shooting. by
 48:40 - Don't Talk to Police (without a lawyer.)

21:14 - Don't Talk, Part 2 of 2, by MP Anon An experienced police officer tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.

Civilian Marksmanship Program Sales
Buying M1 Garands from the US Government's CMP: the Civilian Marksmanship Program
(article by, 29Apr12)
Firearms Safety and the CMP       The federal law that established the Civilian Marksmanship Program makes firearms safety one of its highest priorities.  This law specifically states that a primary function of the CMP is “to instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship; (and) to promote practice and safety in the use of firearms.”  To fulfill this responsibility, the CMP produces a variety of safety materials.  CMP safety materials can be ordered through the CMP E-Store at or visit visit ODCMP Publications and click on the “Safety & Rules”  And see a sample list of 'safety tips' from the CMP in the column to the right. →
    CMP Safety Tips
  • ALWAYS keep your guns unloaded until they must be ready for use.  If there is no need to load a firearm until later, don’t.
  • ALWAYS check for any obstruction in the barrel whenever there is reason to suspect a blockage.  Bore obstructions are a major source of gun explosions.
  • ALWAYS positively identify your target and be sure there is a safe backstop behind it before you shoot.
  • ALWAYS hold your gun so that you can control the direction the muzzle points if you fall or stumble.
  • NEVER mix alcohol or drugs with shooting.  Anyone handling and firing a gun must have a clear mind and be constantly alert.
  • NEVER allow any gun to point at you or pull a gun towards you by grasping its muzzle.
  • NEVER attempt to load or unload a gun inside a vehicle or building (except a properly constructed indoor range); there usually is no safe direction to point the muzzle.
  • NEVER shoot at a hard object or flat surface or at water.  Bullets can glance off hard materials like rock, glass or steel, or skip off the surface of water to fly in unpredictable and sometimes dangerous directions.
  • NEVER set a loaded gun down or leave an unattended gun loaded.  When a gun is loaded it should be controlled in the hands of a person who intends to fire it.  If you must set a gun down, always unload it first.
For Young and New Shooters Alike :
(Rare, John Wayne cameos)
This Little Bullet-with-John-Wayne.mp4 (18m26s)
Watch on Youtube at:
video source:
neilwright544 posted John Wayne's Arizona gun safety film 1970's posted on by neilwright544  · (12 videos)

alternate source for "The Little Bullet" with John Wayne:
(The remaining 1h9m is a hunters' duck identification film made by South Carolina)

Doug Friesen,
(Image source: Doug Friesen,

download free Gun Facts eBook
Download the "Gun Facts ebook" that debunks gun-conrol myths. (by Guy Smith) and read Law Making Hysteria (by Kim Weissman June 6, 1999)
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." -- Proverbs 22:6
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Introduction to Firearms: AVA18922VNB1 - 1994 (FLETC)
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Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
With Dave Reeves. Provides an overview of basic procedures for the safe and effective use of revolvers. Covers stance, grip, and trigger control. Demonstrates proper alignment of sights, loading and unloading, and how to safely uncock a standard service revolver. For recruits. This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix, Producer: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, video linked from

Tactical Advanced Pistol Program - TAPP (FLETC)
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Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, gov.ntis.ava20446vnb1 VP-007-98, This video provides an overview of the Firearms Division's facilities and training programs. Producer: McIntosh. This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix, Producer: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
Range Safety for Firearms Instructors (1990) (FLETC)
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Department of Justice, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Range Safety - AVA18925VNB1, 1990 - The video reinforces the firearms instructor's knowledge of range safety procedures as well as alert him/her to common safety violations. Examples of common student safety violations when using semi-automatic handguns, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, and special guns. This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix. Producer: Department of Justice

SHOOTING FOR SURVIVAL, ca. 1960 - ca. 1969 (FBI, DOJ)
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National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 12080 / Local Identifier 65.7 - SHOOTING FOR SURVIVAL, ca. 1960 - ca. 1969 - Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - ). TRAINING FILM: Basic rule for survival against hostile fire is to take cover.  Defensive firearms training that includes technical skills and target practice survival skills for law enforcement agents.  Scenes of agents taking cover and scenes of target practice are shown throughtout. - This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix. Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
FIREARMS EXAMINATION, ca. 1970 - ca. 1979 (FBI, DOJ)
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National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 12090 / Local Identifier 65.16 - FIREARMS EXAMINATION, ca. 1970 - ca. 1979 - Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - ). TRAINING FILM: Shows techniques and methods used by FBI firearms investigation unit in identifying, comparing, and examining bullets, cartridges, firearms, residue, fingerprints, and other evidence for possible identification of weapons used in crimes. - This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix. Producer: National Archives and Records Administration

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National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 12175 / Local Identifier 65.105 - FBI HOSTAGE RESCUE TEAM - Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - ). TRAINING VIDEO RECORDING: Demonstrates hostage rescue methods andcapture of hostage takers. Rescue of hostages, arrest of terrorists, injuries, building facades and cardboard figures. Hostage rescue team (HRT)coordinators for firearms, explosives, technical section, bomb squad, maritime unit, medical program coordinator, intelligence coordinator talk about how they put program for staged HRT together, types of equipment weapons, explosives, and medical injury treatment. - This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix. Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
Big Picture: Silent Warriors, US Army (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984)
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National Archives and Records Administration: ARC Identifier 2569756 / Local Identifier 111-TV-518 - Big Picture: Silent Warriors (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984) - DVD Copied by Liz Pruszko - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984). "De Oppresso Liber" -- To liberate from oppression. This is both the motto and the avowed purpose of the Army's Special Forces. In this issue, THE BIG PICTURE will see in action the men of the 19th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Training in judo, demolitions, and communications ...scaling a sheer cliff, or parachuting into unknown terrain in the dead of night...all are part of the job to the men of this crack unit of The Utah National Guard. Each man, as you'd expect, can demonstrate his skill with firearms - both our own, and those of other nations - but an added measure of silent striking power comes into play when guardsmen demonstrate the amazing capabilities of an unusual item of equipment: the historical hunting bow. The part played by a modern version of this ancient weapon - in a highly exciting guerrilla mission - forms the climax of "Silent Warriors." This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix. Producer: National Archives and Records Administration

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Department of Defense: PIN 40224 - GUNS ARE DIFFERENT
Primitive weapons are relatively safe to use, but guns are shown to be different in a series of Air Force accidents. Mock scenario: A young sergeant drops his pistol which promptly shoots him in the leg. A survifal instructor falls asleep with his revolver in his hand, it fires, and he loses a finger. A security policeman kills a friend during an exercise. A hunter kills a friend on a hunting trip. A father leave his revolver under his pillow which is found by his young son who kills his sister. If guns are not handled properly, they will get the user or someone else -- accidentally. This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix. Producer: Department of Defense
Making of a Shooter, Safety [skeet, trap shootig, shotgun, teenager training, .22 caliber] (ca. 1946)
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This Kodachrome film shows how a teenage boy learns to become a safe and accurate shooter. Famous riflemen appearing include Ned Lilly, Dick Shaughnessy, Thurman Randle, and Fred Armstrong. This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives. Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization. Sponsor: Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute

Safety Course Video: Canadian Firearms Program
    The following video is a supplementary training tool.  It is recommended that this video be viewed along with the course handbook, while referring to the instructor's lessons.  This video has been divided into five parts in order to be more user-friendly.  The CAFC recommends that the video be used as a teaching aid to support classroom instruction.  It is not intended to stand alone.
    Please note: improper use of firearms may result in serious injury or death.  The material presented in the video is intended to demonstrate the operation of firearms in accordance with safe handling techniques and an awareness of manufacturers' specifications and safety features.
    Since each firearm has different safety mechanisms, individuals should use their firearms in accordance with manufacturers' specifications and should contact individual manufacturers to obtain further information.  Some of the techniques demonstrated in the video might not be appropriate for certain firearms.
Ultimately, the responsibility for firearms safety rests with the individual.
Click on the link below to view the video of your choice:
Part File Size Length
Part 1 5.61 MB 5:12 minutes
Part 2 7.2 MB 6:47 minutes
Part 3 16.2 MB 8:20 minutes
Part 4 10.9 MB 7:06 minutes
Part 5 6.63 MB 9:59 minutes
Part 6 6.63 MB 6:16 minutes
RCMP, non-restricted Safety Course, 44 minutes
NOTE: Windows Media Player is required to view the video
Aiming for Safety The Vital Four ACTS of Firearm Safety
Canadian Firearms Program

Assume every firearm is loaded

Control the muzzle direction at all times

Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard

See that the firearm is unloaded

PROVE it safe.

Point the firearm in the safest available direction

Remove all ammunition

Observe the chamber

Verify the feeding path

Examine the bore each time you pick up a firearm
Origin: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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