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Episode 004 – Beyond Safety, Part 2


Alright, as promised, here’s the second part of the safety brief!  If you haven’t listened to the first part, I recommend listening to Episode 003 here first.

We finish up by talking about some safety best practices, including when and how to make a weapon safe.  Next up is mechanical safeties – the why, the when, and the how of using them with a few popular firearm models like M4/AR-15, the AK, the M9 Beretta, the 1911-style, and the classic cross-bolt style safety.

The final topic deals with what parts of the safety rules change when you go from a training range to the real world – whether that’s on a mission, on patrol, or as an armed citizen.  Here’s a clue – they stay mostly the same, but the definition of a “safe direction” becomes a lot more of a gray area without a nice dirt berm to aim into.

Episode 003 – Beyond the 4 Firearms Safety Rules


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.