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Accidental shooting at Spartanburg County CWP course

February 19, 2012

When I teach a CWP course, there is a strong emphasis on keeping fingers out of trigger guards and keeping all guns pointed in a safe direction all the time. The fundamentals of marksmanship and the draw are all practiced dry (i.e., with unloaded guns) before any guns are loaded. Here is a good illustration of why I do it this way:

around 4:30 p.m Saturday during a live fire portion of the class a student was being shown the proper way to hold her pistol, when the gun fired striking the student standing next to her in the firing in line.
The Four Rules of Firearm Safety:
  1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  2. Always keep the muzzle of the firearm pointed in a safe direction
  3. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until the weapon is pointed at the target and you have decided to fire
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it

Learn them and live them.

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