Welcome to episode 3 of The Tactical Podcast! In this episode, we’re talking about safety, because how could you start something called “The Tactical Podcast” without a safety briefing?
Kidding, kidding. Sorta.
We’re going to go BEYOND the four firearms safety rules, and do a deep dive into the “why” behind each of them. But we are going to start out by going over them, and why I choose to teach this specific set of safety rules, as opposed to those taught by the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, or other organizations. To anyone who’s a fan of Jeff Cooper, these may look somewhat familiar. Here they are:
- Treat every weapon as if it is loaded
- Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times
- Keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire
- Be sure of your target, and what is in front, to the sides, and beyond it
In this episode, I go over these four rules, why they’re important, and why I use these when teaching anyone on a shooting range. I even get a bit too far down in the weeds answering the following question:
Is up a safe direction?
Even if you’re an experienced shooter, you still take new people to the range, right? So you give safety briefings. I think you’ll still get something out of this episode, because I go into answering the “why” quite a bit.
And if you’re new to shooting, the four safety rules are absolutely essential – to your safety and the safety of those around you.