Rules for Using a Gun

In addition to the three safety rules we are taught by the National Rifle Association
(NRA), students need to recognize there are additional rules that apply to safe gun
handling. When students understand the importance of core safety rules, they need
to build on top of those rules to ensure they understand and appreciate what they
need to consider when using their firearm.

Additional Rules for Using a Gun in Idaho Include

Know your target and what is beyond.

It doesn’t matter if you are at the range, on a hunting expedition, or protecting
yourself in a street fight-knowing your target (threat) and what’s beyond your
target is a principle rule that needs to be observed at all times. You must be
sure there is nothing beyond your target the will stop a bullet should you miss
the target you are aiming for or should the bullet pass through the target.
Even under the most stressful of circumstances, you must make sure you will
not hit an unintended target.

Know how to use your gun safely.

Before you use your gun, you must know how it operates, what to expect, and
how it should perform. You should not bring your firearm home relying only on
the instructions the firearm dealer gave you before leaving the store. Know
your guns most basic parts-how to open and close the action, and how to
safely remove ammunition before you use it. Never assume the gun you
purchased will behave in the same manner as a gun you previously
operated-all guns are different. Don’t rely on the gun’s built-in safety features,
as all safety features are subject to failure.

Knowing how to use your gun safely is especially important when it comes to
handguns. There are a multitude of different handgun mechanisms-all of
which have their very own, specific operating procedure.

Ensure your gun is safe to operate.

Even if you purchased a brand new gun, it is your responsibility to ensure the
gun will operate as expected. This can only be accomplished by taking your
handgun out to a range and putting through a rigorous series of tests to
ensure it maintains consistency when firing.

Know the correct ammunition your gun will accept

Each firearm accepts a limited amount of ammunition size, powder, and
bullet caliber. Use only the ammunition that the gun was designed to use,
which is stamped on the side of the barrel for easy identification. Never fire
your gun unless you are sure you have the right ammunition, the correct
caliber, and the correct amount of gunpowder in which the gun is rated.

Using the correct ammunition for your gun is especially important with
revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. There are a number of cartridges that
have the same dimensions which will fit in different guns, and yet, produce a
strikingly different result when fired. The amount of gunpowder contained in
the cartridge can and will, make a difference in the guns operation. Be sure
you have only the correct amount of gun powder in the ammunition you will be

Wear Eye and Ear Protection at all times.

Absent a concealed carry scenario/encounter, responsible gun owners
always wear the appropriate

eye and ear protection

suitable for the
firearm they are using. Most prescription glasses are adequate for eye
protection, but we suggest speaking with your optometrist before assuming
your prescription classes are adequate for target shooting.

Guns produce a large noise when they discharge their bullet-even the
smaller, .22 caliber handgun will produce a loud noise that is uncomfortable
for the ears to sustain. We suggest electronic ear protection no matter the
caliber gun you use. Electronic ear protection is explicitly designed to protect
your hearing from a variety of gun calibers-not just the one you use. If you are
at the range shooting a .22 caliber gun and the person next to you is shooting
a .357; you will notice a difference when the guns discharge, especially when
they are discharging rounds next to you.

Never us alcohol, drugs, or prescription medicines while


It goes without saying, drugs and alcohol impair your ability to operate
machinery, tools, vehicles, and just about anything else. Prescription drugs
can be moderately acceptable provided they do not impair your ability to
operate your firearm safely-for example, heart, kidney, or liver medication. If
you are taking any medication that impairs your ability to operate machinery,
do not participate in any shooting activity until you are capable in doing so in
a safe and efficient manner.

Store guns so they are inaccessible to unauthorized


This is a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY! Do not allow anyone who is not
properly trained, under aged, or not responsible in any way, shape, or form,
or who appears to be mentally unstable to have access to your guns-ever!
Even if it’s your own children, teenager, or an adult member in the
home-keep your firearms locked up -- away from unauthorized users! Many
of the famous shooting sprees in the past, and unfortunately in the future, can
and could have been prevented by having firearms safely secured.

Contact Level 1 Safety and Firearms Training
You don’t need to attend a military-style class to learn the basics of safe gun
handling. At Level 1 Safety and Firearms Training, you won’t have the “military”,
“Special Ops”, “Navy Seals” approach to learning the basics of safe gun handling.
What you will find are dedicated, caring professionals who want to keep you, your
loved ones, and your community safe and sound.
Contact Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training at 208-957-6970 for additional
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