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No mechanical device has a will of it's own, and guns never *go off* unless somebody causes them to do so.  Guns are safe!  It is people who are dangerous.

The wound delivered by a bullet can easily be fatal.  This means that you should not expect the luxury of learning by experience.  Your first mistake may well be your last.  But you need not make it.  If you memorize the four principles of firearm safety, treat them with absolute seriousness, and burn them into your consciousness, you will never have a mishap with a gun.

I.      All Guns Are Always Loaded

No exceptions.  Don't *pretend* that this is true, be deadly serious about it.  Keep your ready piece really ready, and we'll never hear that sheep~like bleat, "But, I didn't know it was loaded!"

II.     Never Let The Muzzle Cover Anything You Are Not Willing To Destroy

This one is conspicuously and continuously violated ~ especially with pistols ~ and excused because, "It's not loaded!"  See I, above...

III.    Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger 'Til Your Sights Are On The Target

You cannot line up any faster than your can position your trigger finger, and there is no need to fire an unaligned piece.

IV.     Be Sure Of Your Target

Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it.  Never shoot at anything your have not positively identified.

These Four Suffice.

 Make Them a Permanent Part of Your Character

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1.     Keep your pistol holstered except when on the firing line. 
        We don't care what condition it is in as long as you don't touch it.

2.     Stand firm on the line.  Plant your feet and do not fidget.

3.     Do not turn around with  pistol in your hand.  Holster first, then turn.

4.     Do not let the pistol *dangle* in one hand      

5.     Keep the muzzle downrange when loading.  Load magazines with the pistol holstered. 

6.     Keep the trigger finger outside the trigger guard when in motion.

7.     If you need to work with your piece off the line, use the safety table, and keep the muzzle downrange.

8.     Keep rifle and shotgun actions open except when on target or during tactical drill.

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1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

3. Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface.

4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.

5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

8. If you don't know your rights you don't have any.

9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

10. The United States Constitution: (c)1791. All Rights Reserved.

11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand ?

12. The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.

13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

14. Guns only have two enemies: Rust and Politicians.

15. Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.

16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

17. 911 - government sponsored Dial a Prayer.

18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

19. Criminals love gun control - it makes their jobs safer.

20. If Guns cause Crime, then Matches cause Arson.

21. Only a government that is afraid of it's citizens try to control them.

22. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

23. Enforce the "gun control laws" we have, don't make more.

24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

25. The American Revolution would never have happened with Gun Control.

26. "...a government by the people, for the people..."

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       Rules for a Gunfight    

  1. Bring a gun.  Preferably, bring two guns.  Bring all your friends who have guns.

  2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.  Ammo is cheap.  Life is expensive.

  3. Only hits count.  The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

  4. If your shooting stance is good your probably not moving fast enough or using cover effectively.

  5. Move away from your attacker.  Distance is your friend.  (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred

  6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

  7. In ten years no one will remember caliber, stance or tactics.  They will only remember who lived.

  8. If you are not shooting you should be reloading, communicating and running.

  9. Accuracy is relative:  most combat shooting standards will depend on the *pucker factor* than the inherent . 
    accuracy of the gun.  Use a gun that works EVERY TIME.

  10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but, they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

  11. Always cheat, always win.  The only unfair gunfight is the one you lose.

  12. Have a plan.

  13. Have a back~up plan, because the first one won't work.

  14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

  15. Flank your adversary when possible.  Protect  yours.

  16. Don't drop your guard.

  17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

  18. Always watch their hands.  Hands kill.  (In God we Trust.  Everyone else keep your hands where we can see them.)

  19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

  20. The faster you finish a fight, the less shot you will get.

  21. Be polite.  Be professional.  Be courteous, but, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

  22. Be courteous to everyone, but, friendly to no one.

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