Jeff Cooper's four basic rules of gun safety:
- All guns are always loaded.
Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
(For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule #1.)
- Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target.
This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for
about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
- Identify your target, and what is behind it.
Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.