Firearms safety made simple

Practical training is a necessary element for the benefit of the individual. In this it is my responsibility as someone who is trained and trains others to ensure that I understand to the best of my abilities and knowledge how to do the basics correctly. Safety is the most important aspect when using the various defensive tools in your chest.

Safety is simple,

  1. All firearms are always loaded
  2. Loaded or not keep the finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire
  3. Loaded or not always make sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction

I have adapted these simple rules for kids and adults depending on their level of need. However, the absolute basics for safety will always come back to a very simple single sentence. All firearms are always loaded.

For other tools adapt as needed, but always make it as simple and easy to remember as possible. Just because you have written a safety approach that is nine pages long doesnt make it a good thing. In fact, it almost always ensures failure in some way. It is like the current legal system, someone will always be crossing someones line at some time regardless how well they know the law. So make it simple, make it easy to remember and make it a mantra. My four year old when asked what are the rules with guns will always respond with, “all guns are always loaded.” The rest never matters as much as that one key point.


Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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