No compromise on Safety ! ! !
We've said that shooting is a safe and fun sport. Actually it is safe only if EACH ONE OF US MAKES SAFETY THEIR FIRST CONCERN. We at the Parma Rod & Gun Club will not accept anything less. The Parma Rod & Gun Club is a very friendly group of people, but we do take safety very seriously. If we see anyone doing something unsafe, we will call it immediately. Don't be alarmed, just stop what you are doing immediately and listen.
General Notes on Safety:
It cannot be overemphasized that safety with firearms must be our primary concern as spectators, as shooters, as Safety Officers, as firearms enthusiasts, and as human beings. It is up to each individual participant to keep a high standard of safety foremost in consideration as we practice this martial art. Therefore, please commit the following to memory and use every opportunity to teach these rules to others.
The 4 Basic Safety Rules:
We do not say "treat it like" or "act like." Mindset is critical and you must believe this! Never take anyone else's word for the condition of any firearm, including a range official. If you handle it, the responsibility rests with you and you alone.
This rule is constantly violated, especially with pistols, because of their compactness and is usually excused by saying "It's OK, it's not loaded." Refer to rule 1, above! You must be constantly aware of the direction in which the muzzle is pointed.
Never put your finger inside the trigger guard "until your sights are aligned and you are ready to shoot." A Law Enforcement Officer searching a warehouse for an armed suspect or a hunter following a wounded lion into thick brush should most certainly be ready to shoot. But at this point they have no target at which to direct their fire and should not have their fingers on the trigger. This distinction of mindset is important. This rule alone, if followed without fail, could eliminate most Negligent Discharges. Teach it, enforce it, and live it. Of the four basic firearms safety rules, this is the Golden Rule.
Know what it is, what is beyond it, and what is around it. You are never justified in shooting at a noise, a movement, a shadow or anything you have not positively identified as a threat to you or to someone you are legitimately trying to protect.
1) ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED!
2) NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY!
3) ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET!
4) KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET!
Different ranges have different rules, but these four rules are universal. You should strive to make them a permanent part of your character.
By participating in shooting matches we are involved in a competitive sport, one which uses time as one criterion for measurement. This can create a situation in which one may be tempted to momentarily compromise safety for some other advantage. DO NOT FALL PREY TO THIS MISTAKE!
- When someone wants to show you his new handgun in the parking lot, remember rule #1.
- When you are shooting from a seated position or from a car, remember rule #2.
- When you are on the move with an unholstered handgun, remember rule #3.
- When you are in a low position such as prone, remember rule #4.
- We can all be Safety Officers and we especially need to look out for those who are new to our discipline.
Range Conduct Rules:
- Do not handling a firearm except while on the firing line or in the safety area.
- The muzzle of one's handgun must never be pointed in an unsafe direction.
- Do not endanger another person or drop a loaded firearm.
- Never stand directly behind the holstered handgun during the start command or during reholstering of the handgun.
- When on the line: Stand firm. Plant your feet and resist fidgeting.
- Do not turn around with a pistol in your hand. Holster first, then turn!
- Do not allow the pistol to dangle in your hand. The pistol must be in shooting position, held at the ready, or holstered.
- Keep the muzzle downrange when loading, reloading, or clearing a malfunction.
- Keep your finger out of the trigger guard when in motion.
- Keep rifle and shotgun actions open, magazines removed, and weapons slung or racked unless on the line.