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You also need to remember that as a concealed carry holder if you have to use your handgun in defense of your life and you shoot yourself, it will take you several seconds to recover and in that time you can be shot to death.

In my class I heavily tout rule 3, which is also known as the 'Golden Rule'- You're index finger should never be on the trigger when it shouldn't be!
The only way to make your gun go bang is by pressing on the trigger and that includes something besides your finger pressing on the trigger.

 

Most negligent discharges with a gun result from the finger being on the trigger when it shouldn't have been there in the first place.
ON TARGET, ON TRIGGER - OFF TARGET, OFF TRIGGER!

 

Here's an example of finger on trigger when it shouldn't have been -
Range ND1 (2)This was at a range I used to go to and it wasn't the only negligent impact point on the range. I'm sure this caused more than a few upraised eyebrows and a scolding from the range safety officer.

 

The Four Universal Gun Safety Rules by Jeff Cooper

These are the four commandments of gun safety as were advocated by Jeff Cooper when he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines. He also ran a highly successful (and still does) firearms training facility known as Gunsite.

 

1. All Guns are always loaded

We are more careful with a gun we believe is loaded so until otherwise verified, consider any gun loaded and ready to fire.

 

2. Do not point the gun at something you're not willing to destroy

This includes yourself. Handguns are very different than long guns in that you can easily and by accident (negligence) point the gun at yourself. Never allow the gun to point at a person or object you're not willing to destroy. When a loaded gun is pointed at a person, that person is in imminent danger of death or grave bodily harm even if you don't have your finger on the trigger.

 

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're sights are on target and you've made the conscious decision to fire. This is known as the Golden Rule. It's violation is directly responsible for over 60% of negligent discharges many of which lead to serious injury or death. Shooting when you didn't mean to can result in stiff penalties and long prison terms even if you tell authorities, "It was an accident".

 

4. Be aware of your target and what is behind it. This includes anything that might come in front of it as well. Never shoot at anything you have not positively identified and never shoot at sounds.

 

 

Gun Safety is THE CORE of my entire class!